Understanding the importance of research and evaluation, different research approaches, and key research terms are all part of research basics. Guides and trainings can provide a foundation for integrating research into practice.
Program evaluation measures the processes or effectiveness of a program. It can reveal what is working and what should be changed. Guides, trainings, and other resources can help think through an evaluation strategy.
Protecting the participants in a research project from any additional trauma or other harm is essential. Many resources and procedures exist to help safeguard victims and survivors in the research process.
Many tools to screen and assess victims have been developed and validated through research. These tools can be used to identify and serve victims, often with the help of a researcher who can tailor the use of the tools for each setting.
Needs assessments are processes to gather information from several sources to learn what is needed and what currently exists, revealing gaps. Guides and examples, including sample surveys and interview tools, provide a starting place.
Collecting data is an important part of program planning, research, and evaluation. A logic model can help identify the data that should be collected.
Guides and sample data collection instruments and logic models provide a way to get started.
Research is improved when researchers and practitioners, such as victim service providers, work together at all stages of the process. Intentionally including members of the community affected by research brings added value.
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