Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $413,467)
The purpose of this proposed project is to conduct an implementation evaluation of the SANE Practitioner Evaluation Toolkit. These evaluation data will be used to create a revised Toolkit and technical assistance guidelines to support national dissemination. Investigators will use stratified, national random sampling to identify five SANE programs that have organizational readiness to participate in program evaluation, they will then guide these pilot programs through the seven evaluation steps in the Toolkit (located on NCJRS). This project has three objectives. First, they will test five different technical assistance (TA) modalities to identify which methods are useful to practitioners, producing technical assistance guidelines for national dissemination. Second, they will collect extensive implementation data as program staff work through the Toolkit's seven-step process, which will guide the development of a revised final Toolkit. Steps one and two will be accomplished using online questionnaires, focus groups and interviews. Third, they will compile the prosecution outcome data from the five pilot programs to explore across- and between-site effects regarding the impact of SANE program implementation on criminal justice case outcomes.
The researchers will generate site-specific outcome reports, cross-site quantitative analyses, and qualitative findings regarding critical ingredients that contributed to positive (or negative) evaluation findings. ca/ncf