An Integrated Framework for In-School Teen Dating Violence Program Evaluation Open Access

Stagg, Amelia (2017)

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This study develops and demonstrates the use of an integrated framework for evaluating in-school teen dating violence prevention programs. Teen dating violence (TDV) is a public health concern that impacts 1 in 3 adolescents. However, research has shown that in-school prevention programs can lower rates of victimization and perpetration. Additionally, 22 states have implemented laws that mandate schools teach students about dating violence. Despite research and policy, it is unclear if or to what extent schools are implementing these programs. Therefore, the aim of this research was to develop a process for evaluation that could be used in a variety of settings and contexts.

Using insights from public health, public policy, and education, this project argues for thoughtful, practical evaluation of current TDV programs in order to improve prevention efforts. The framework for this process consists of Evaluation Development, Evaluation and Assessment. An evaluation with 7 critical components of effective TDV programs is developed through reviewing public health literature and public policy at a national, state, and local level. To demonstrate the evaluation in action, this project assesses 4 high schools in Peoria, IL. Drawing on course material, teacher interviews, and discussions with community organizers, this study identifies critical areas of need and facilitating factors for success in Peoria, IL. These insights can inform future action in Peoria, IL, and in other communities. Further research could apply this framework on a larger scale to assess statistical correlates of effective programs, or on a smaller scale to gain specialized insight into a specific program.

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The Need for an Integrated Approach..1

Lily's Story..1


Chapter 1: Insights from Public Health...8

Chapter 2: Public Policy & Words Behind the Action..23

Chapter 3: The Study and Methodology..45

Chapter 4: School Profiles and Results..52



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