Evaluating your practice

Evaluation is a key component of respectful relationships education. The extensive work and evaluation data from respectful relationships education practitioners in Victoria, around Australia, and internationally has created a sound evidence base for working effectively to prevent violence against women in education settings.

We need to keep on building and updating this evidence base, to ensure the practice of respectful relationships education is continually improving and becoming increasingly effective in preventing violence against women.

To support respectful relationships education practitioners to continue to build the evidence base, PiP has included a number of resources below to help you evaluate your work and to tailor your evaluation approach to your school and community.

Key evaluation documents for the prevention of violence against women

VicHealth Evaluating Victorian projects for the primary prevention of violence against women: A concise guide

This guide has been designed to support practitioners in the growing field of prevention practice. Its nine steps cover the fundamentals of evaluation, including:

  1. Identifying your evaluation’s primary intended users (and its purpose)
  2. Developing a really good logic model
  3. Establishing SMART indicators of success
  4. Selecting the methods of data collection
  5. Putting it all together (the evaluation framework)
  6. Developing data collection instruments
  7. Preparing your data and undertaking the analysis
  8. Interpreting the results and reporting on key findings
  9. Getting your key findings out there
Evaluation of the VicHealth Respect, Responsibility and Equality program

These two reports aim to contribute unique and relevant knowledge and perspectives to the field of evaluation in health promotion and public health more broadly. The evaluation used a capacity building approach. The first report spanned the period from August 2008 to February 2010 and was led and coordinated by Dr Michael Flood. The second report spanned the period from February 2010 to August 2011 and was led and coordinated by Dr Wei Leng Kwok.

Paper 1: Evaluation capacity building in the Respect, Responsibility and Equality program: Report on Stage 1 (2008–10)

Paper 2: Evaluating preventing violence against women initiatives: A participatory and learning-oriented approach for primary prevention in Victoria

Theory of Change

A respectful relationships education program should aim to address the cause of violence against women by creating change in attitudes, behaviours and cultures towards gender equity and gender roles. Incorporating a theory of change into an evaluation can demonstrate the connection between these outcomes and the long term reduction of violence against women.

In September 2014, Our Watch released an emerging theory of change which may support your evaluation to demonstrate this connection.

Better Evaluation

The information in this site will support you to plan your evaluation. It includes an international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing and generating information about options (methods or tools) and approaches.

Evaluation – Key questions and issues

This document was prepared by Dr Michael Flood for a workshop on evaluation among community organisations. The notes highlight key steps and issues in evaluation. It was first prepared on 21 August 2008 and revised on 4 June 2009.

Measures for the assessment of dimensions of violence against women: A compendium

This document, developed by Dr Michael Flood, includes a compendium of measures for the assessment of dimensions of violence against women. It also includes measures regarding gender and sexual norms and attitudes. It was compiled in December 2008 and revised in March 2014.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook and Logic Model Development Guide

The Evaluation Handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. The Logic Model Development Guide was developed to provide practical assistance to non-profits engaged in developing logic models.

National Centre on Domestic and Sexual Violence

This site has a database of best-practice evaluation resources for the prevention of violence against women.

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