MEASURING PROGRAMS, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Potential units for analysis
In conducting research and evaluation, and developing and delivering programs, information about the following units of analysis may be useful:
Questions to support research and policy priorities
- people – victims and perpetrators (including re-entry to the criminal justice system);
- behaviours - in relation to incidents of family, domestic and sexual violence; and
- participants – attitudes/satisfaction;
- type of program;
- type of activity;
- cost of the program; and
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- What are the determinants of family, domestic and sexual violence?
- How can family, domestic and sexual violence be prevented?
- How can the risk (prevalence and incidence) of family, domestic and sexual violence be reduced?
- Where should attempts be made to intervene to reduce the risk of family, domestic and sexual violence?
- How can the formation of individual and community attitudes be influenced?
- What are the perceptions held in the community now and how can these existing attitudes be changed?
- How can unacceptable behaviours be changed?
- How can behaviours in specific population groups or settings be influenced?
- Which formal interventions from the health, welfare or justice systems reduce the occurrence of family, domestic and sexual violence incidents?
- Which supportive interventions for victims are most effective in assisting recovery?
- What is the effectiveness of education programs aimed at reducing family, domestic and sexual violence and changing community attitudes generally?
- How effective are specific prevention and intervention programs that are available to victims and perpetrators, in terms of cost, utilisation and outcome?
- What effects does the presence of or lacks of family and community support have on engagement with programs, and successful intervention?