Choosing Prevention Products: Questions to Ask About Sexual and Relationship Violence Programs

with LB Klein, Andrew Rizzo

June 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

About This Course

Increased attention to sexual and relationship violence and stalking on campus has also led to exponential growth in the number of vendors offering solutions to these pervasive public health problems. The expertise, time, and resources necessary to develop effective prevention strategies can often prove too high a burden for individual campuses to do alone. It is crucial for college and university leaders to become well-informed consumers. This live briefing offers a series of questions for college and university leaders to ask as they consider different prevention products and assess whether they will be effecting in meeting the needs of their campus communities.  

Rooted in prevention science and practice experience, this live briefing will explore questions of effectiveness, development and content, community relevance, dosage, and investment. It is based on a white paper released by Prevention Innovations Research Center (Klein, Rizzo, & Stapleton, 2016). We will briefly explore the current landscape of prevention products and strategies and applicable legislation and will then focus in on key areas of inquiry to explore with vendors and consultants when considering prevention products. We will explore how to evaluate answers to the following questions:  How can you know if it works? What theories inform the products? Does the product incorporate varied teaching methods? Is the product trauma-informed and survivor-centered? How have the target audiences informed the development of the product? Is the message consistent with broader prevention messages? Do products provide sufficient dosage to accomplish the prevention goals? Can products be adapted to a community's target audience? How much does the product really cost? Who owns the product?

Polls and pre and post-discussions will provide participants with opportunities to apply the contents of this white paper to their own campus contexts and prevention efforts. The expertise, time, and resources necessary to develop effective prevention strategies can often prove too high a burden for individual campuses to assume alone. Products offering solutions to sexual and relationship violence and stalking have proliferated, and it is crucial for college and university leaders to become well-informed consumers. They key questions reviewed in this live briefing can help guide campus administrators and their partners as they select the prevention products that best resonate with their comprehensive plans for sexual and relationship violence and stalking prevention and the needs of their unique communities. 

This event is presented in partnership with Prevention Innovations Research Center.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

  • list critical questions to ask prevention vendors and consultants; 
  • describe key components of an effective prevention product; and
  • use vendor and consultant responses to appraise products based on the needs of their campus communities. 




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