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Report from the CDC: Evaluability Assessment of the Rape Prevention and Education Program: Summary of Findings and Recommendations

Basile, Kathleen C.; Lang, Karen S.; Bartenfeld, Thomas A.; Clinton-Sherrod, Monique

This paper describes an evaluability assessment of CDC's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program conducted to establish a baseline description and understanding of the current activities and goals of the program, revisit and update program performance measures, and identify opportunities for CDC to provide training and technical assistance to states. Data were collected using (1) a web-based survey of all state and territory health departments, other government agencies involved in the administration of the program, and sexual assault coalitions, (2) in-depth interviews with the same respondents during site visits to a sample of 14 states, and (3) focus groups in 5 of these states with local providers. This paper highlights the findings and summarizes recommendations to improve the program. It concludes with examples of steps CDC is taking to implement the recommendations.This paper describes an evaluability assessment of CDC's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program conducted to establish a baseline description and understanding of the current activities and goals of the program, revisit and update program performance measures, and identify opportunities for CDC to provide training and technical assistance to states. Data were collected using (1) a web-based survey of all state and territory health departments, other government agencies involved in the administration of the program, and sexual assault coalitions, (2) in-depth interviews with the same respondents during site visits to a sample of 14 states, and (3) focus groups in 5 of these states with local providers. This paper highlights the findings and summarizes recommendations to improve the program. It concludes with examples of steps CDC is taking to implement the recommendations.

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