Anyone who knows me knows that I have not always been a fan of evaluation.  A few years ago, the very word would have sent me running for the door.  Why?  Because my limited experience with evaluation left a very bad taste in my mouth – it was something we HAD to do for funders, it consisted of badly worded pre and post surveys, and the data was never used…the surveys just got shoved in a filing cabinet drawer, never to be seen again.

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Many of you have likely seen this headline in the news today: College Rape Prevention Proves a Rare Success.  The New York Times article features a Canadian research study about a risk reduction and self-defense program implemented at three Canadian college campuses. The study found that the program lowered participants’ risk of being sexually assaulted.   

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging about our Mapping Evaluation video podcast series (check out previous posts about evaluation work in Texas and New Jersey).  While we’ve been busy exploring evaluation work happening around the country, we’ve also been working with a consultant to help build our evaluation capacity here at the NSVRC (read more about those efforts in this

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In case you missed it, last week I blogged about our new Mapping Evaluation video podcast series.   I am so excited about this series, because it shines a spotlight on the importance of program evaluation, and offers a glimpse of what it looks like in various locations around the nation.

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Busy, busy, busy – that is how I would describe the last several weeks.  Or months.

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Today’s blog comes as a guest post from NSVRC staff member Taylor Teichman, who recently participated in the LGBTQ youth-focused Time to Thrive Conference, hosted by Human Rights Campaign,

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Have you ever heard a story or watched a video about someone doing a random act of kindness for someone else?  I’m not normally a weepy person, but those stories get me all the time.   I can’t watch a Liberty Mutual Insurance

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I’m always excited when a new year brings new resources!   If you haven’t seen the latest resource from the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, check out Six Pillars for Prevention.    

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As 2014 comes to a close, I decided to take a look back at some of the sexual violence prevention highlights from the past 12 months.  In many ways, it’s been a banner year for prevention.  Here are just a few things that captured our attention this year:

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One of the greatest joys in my life is being an aunt to five amazing kids.   I take this job very seriously.  I like to spend time with these little humans, getting to know their personalities, likes and dislikes, and generally just trying my best to maintain “favorite aunt” status in their lives.

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