Evaluation is an important element in providing domestic violence services. It offers the field relevant data on effective prevention and intervention programs, as well as lessons learned. This section includes a compilation of evaluation tools and program evaluation reports for domestic violence programs.
Community Based Participatory Research Toolkit
Presents a toolkit to educate researchers on Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), an approach to research in which researchers and community members share resources and decision-making during the research process and work together. The toolkit is aimed at those working on domestic violence research.
Cultivating Evaluation Capacity: A Guide for Programs Addressing Sexual and Domestic Violence (PDF - 1,188 KB)
Smith & Hope (2015)
Vera Institute of Justice
Presents a guide for organizations serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence to learn how to assess their evaluation capacity and identify areas of strength and weakness within programs.
Developing Outcome Measures for Domestic Violence Programs' Work With Children and Youth
Lyon, Perilla, & Menard (2016)
Futures Without Violence, Promising Futures
Explores the challenges and complexities involved in developing outcome measures for programs serving children who have been affected by domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Evidence Project: Evaluation Tools
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Provides a collection of evaluation resources including issue briefs, guides, and toolkits relating to evaluation for domestic violence programs. The website also includes a section on tips and tools for data collection and how to design an evaluation.
An Evaluation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect: Report from the Accomplishments of the Domestic Violence Hotline, Online Connections, and Text Project (PDF - 1,096 KB)
McDonnell, Nagaraj, Mead, Bingenheimer, Stevens, Gianattasio, & Wood (2018)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Offers an evaluation of services provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the loveisrespect hotline, which provide domestic violence intervention and prevention services. The report examines the services the hotlines are asked to provide, the type of information provided by the hotlines, and whether the information provided was useful.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2018)
Presents an evaluation toolkit for sexual violence prevention programs that offers guidance on evaluation within the prevention context. The toolkit includes multiple resources and a video to educate professionals on designing and implementing evaluation, providing support to others doing evaluations, and more.
Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence: Safe Start Promising Approaches
Schultz, Jaycox, Ayer, Setodji, Mahmud, Kofner, & Barnes-Proby (2017)
Presents the results of an evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Safe Start Promising Approaches initiative, which aimed to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence through interventions in ten communities.
National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center
Works to prevent violence against women by advancing knowledge of prevention research and creating a place for collaboration among advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. Their website offers a collection of the latest research on violence against women including statistics, research articles, references, publications, tools, and more.
Using Essential Elements to Select, Adapt, and Evaluate Violence Prevention Approaches (PDF - 10,281 KB)
Perkinson, Freire, & Stocking (2017)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention
Offers guidance for professionals working in the field of violence prevention and explains how evidence-based approaches work in the field and how data and knowledge can be used to select, adapt, and evaluate programs.
Violence Prevention in Practice
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Veto Violence
Assists State and local agencies and others who are involved in planning, implementing, or evaluating a violence prevention program. The resource offers information on planning, partnerships, policy efforts, and more.