245611 Building capacity to prevent intimate partner violence

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:50 PM

Kimberley Freire, PhD, MPH , Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Jessica A. Hill, MPH , Evaluation Project, Safe States Alliance, Atlanta, GA
Pamela Brown, MEd, LPC , CDC Foundation & CDC Division of Violence Prevention, DELTA PREP Project, Atlanta, GA
Jocelyn Wheaton, MPH , Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Ronda Zakocs, PhD, MPH , DELTA PREP Project, Lead Evaluator, Private Consultant, Portland, OR
Background: Intimate partner violence (IPV) results in serious health and social consequences for victims, families and communities. As evidence emerges on effective IPV prevention strategies, states have increased focus on building their infrastructure to support and deliver such strategies. The DELTA PREP Project engages state domestic violence coalitions in building organizational capacity to support prevention efforts at the state and community level. This presentation reports on changes in coalitions' organizational capacity to support primary prevention and related prevention efforts. Methods: We included data from all 19 coalitions. We analyzed data from the project's online system to assess organizational changes and prevention efforts completed across coalitions. We interviewed 9 coalitions in Year 2 to examine key determinants of improving organizational capacity, and to further explore the link between their increased organizational capacity and their state and local prevention efforts. Results: Coalitions documented over 200 organizational changes across 6 dimensions: staffing, leadership, structures and processes, partnerships, resources, and member agency development. In addition, coalitions proposed 43 prevention efforts across 5 types: programs, policies, state collaborations, public education and media coverage. We will describe the eight factors coalitions identified as determinants of their organizational changes to improve prevention capacity and how capacity links with state and local prevention efforts and outcomes. Conclusions:Capacity-building initiatives should consider which aspects of organizational capacity are most influential to an organization's ability to engage in IPV primary prevention efforts. Such analysis helps focus resources and demonstrate the link between building prevention capacity and implementing prevention efforts.

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

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify organizational changes that lead to increased coalition capacity for primary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). 2) Describe coalitions’ prevention efforts in the state and community. 3) Discuss ways increased organizational capacity for primary prevention of IPV supports coalitions’ prevention efforts in the state and community.

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Infrastructure

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Science Offer for the DELTA PREP Project and lead evaluation activities.
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.