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Examining the Black Box: A Formative and Evaluability Assessment of Cross-sectoral Approaches for Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $539,232)

The study proposes to conduct an evaluability assessment and formative evaluation of intimate partner violence and sexual violence (IPV/SV) cross sectoral approaches used in North Carolina (NC) and examine their similarities and differences. Cross-sectoral approaches are complex and adaptive interventions designed to coordinate interagency service delivery and formalize collaboration between varying disciplines and agencies in the public, private, and non-profit sectors (e.g., Family Justice Centers [FJCs], Multi-Agency Model Centers [MAMCs]). The team will develop a logic model, theory of change, and evaluation design informed by interviews with survivors from diverse backgrounds (n=30); focus groups with varying professions working within a cross-sectoral approach (n=60); and conduct a document review of agency materials describing the approach and activities. Study staff will field test the practice and research materials by conducting a process evaluation focused on program implementation (e.g., coordination and collaboration) and key agency outcomes (e.g., referrals) and conducting a preliminary, longitudinal evaluation (n=80) to assess research feasibility and key survivor outcomes (e.g., safety and well-being). An expert advisory group will guide all project aspects, and eight NC community agencies will serve as project sites. The products resulting from the research will include: 1) peer-reviewed publications; 2) presentations at academic conferences; 3) research briefs and white paper; 4) a study website; and 5) a final research report, associated data sets, and other study documentation. Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14). CA/NCF

Date Created: September 20, 2020