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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Suggestions for a Formal Evaluation of Strategic Efforts

Employers who want to evaluate their strategic responses to domestic and sexual violence should consider using other employee survey or feedback processes as evaluation vehicles. Partnering with researchers from a local university to design and implement an evaluation may increase its effectiveness.

Evaluating Training Efforts

The goal of training is to increase education and awareness as well as change workplace culture, attitudes, and behaviors. Simplistic training evaluation can take place through the use of a post-training feedback form, which asks participants questions to gauge whether the training improved their knowledge and increased their ability to respond. See Training Feedback Form for sample questions relating to a domestic violence training program.

A more sophisticated effort may include a pre-training and post-training survey that measures changes in employees’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors before and after training. It is crucial that the questions in the survey match the content and intent of the training material. Consultation with a researcher is advised for this level of evaluation.

For a report on a similar study with respect to domestic violence, see Domestic Violence Prevention Program Report. For a sample survey used before and after training programs, see the Training Evaluation Survey.

Evaluating Policies and Procedures

Some of the information described on the Annual Review Checklist, will provide an overview of the effectiveness of new policies and procedures over time. Compare trends over time in the numbers of employees requesting referrals, leaves, providing copies of their Orders of Protection or requesting workplace safety planning. Immediately after implementing training or a new policy, expect an increase in activity occurring, with a gradual decrease over time.

In addition, an Employee Survey could incorporate questions on employees’ perceptions about the usefulness of existing policies and procedures. For an interactive program to use in developing a workplace policy, see Workplace Policy Creation Tool.

Evaluating Services to Employees

Add domestic and sexual violence-specific questions to existing surveys designed to measure employees’ satisfaction with Employee Assistance programs or other employee services. Monitor the usage rate of employees accessing services for domestic and sexual violence needs over time. Higher usage indicates better connection of the services with employee needs.

Evaluating Safety and Security Mechanisms

Review incident reports for both the quality of security responses and the quantity of actions taken. As prevention and early intervention efforts take hold, the number of incidents should gradually decrease.

Partner Organizations Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), Legal Momentum, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and its National Sexual Violence Resource Center, National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project (RSP) of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Victim Rights Law Center, and Stalking Resource Center: A Program of The National Center for Victims of Crime.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K028 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed on this site or in any materials on this site, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.