214034 Project SAFE: Linking evaluation to family violence prevention strategies for underserved populations

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sheri Strahl, MPH , Project SAFE, The Help Group, Van Nuys, CA
Pauline Tan, MPH, CHES , Project SAFE, The Help Group, Van Nuys, CA
Project SAFE (Support and Advocacy for Family Empowerment) is a child abuse & neglect prevention program that is built upon a platform of direct services for underserved families, community collaboration, and capacity building driven by innovative evaluation strategies. To create a comprehensive evaluation plan, public health professionals and mental healthcare workers collaborated to develop and implement a design that incorporates evaluation into service delivery yet remains sensitive to risk reduction and safety. Furthermore, the populations served are empowered to provide confidential process, impact, and outcome data giving them an unfettered voice that has historically gone unheard. At intake Project SAFE families are provided with the evaluation timeline. Families know what to expect, when to expect it, and who will be soliciting the data. Therapists and evaluation staff then partner to collect evaluation data of value to all stakeholders. Validated tools that are clinically relevant provide therapists with essential information at intake and discharge while also acting as pre- and post- impact measures. These data are supplemented by measures conducted by the evaluator with volunteer public health interns. This replicable model brings therapists into the evaluation process while empowering underserved families and collecting data to drive program modification. The result is a high level of evaluation compliance, learning opportunities for public health interns, an open feedback channel for underserved populations, and the ability to leverage resources in this economically challenging time.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
List 3 strategies for embedding evaluation into family violence prevention service delivery. Discuss the need for including the voice of underserved populations in evaluation design. List 3 ways to engage program providers to conduct evaluation processes.

Keywords: Family Violence, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been actively involved in the prevention of family violence for 8 years in developing, implementing, and evaluating direct services and prevention programs. I have been a lecturer for the Health Sciences Dept. public health programs at California State University, Northridge for 3 years. I am also a past presenter at the APHA annual conference.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.