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Effectiveness and Evaluation

Effectiveness:

Administrators, faculty, staff and students participating in the program:

  1. Develop a prevention focused action plan based on identifying risks for harm, opportunities for prevention and resources to implement the plan
  2. Have the confidence and comfort to take action by practicing prevention skills and learning how to define behaviors along a continuum from appropriate to inappropriate to harmful to illegal.
  3. Learn critical strategies to deploy in each of these four areas:
    • Screening and selecting employees and volunteers
    • Guidelines on interactions between individuals
    • Monitoring behavior
    • Responding to inappropriate behavior and breaches in policy
  4. Understand how policies and practices can be used to help prevent children from being sexually abused and commit to shared responsibility to take action before a child is harmed

Evaluation:

Prevention Innovations Research Center evaluated the Circles of Safety for Higher Education program:
http://cola.unh.edu/prevention-innovations-research-center

Two key results point to the efficacy of this bystander-focused curriculum:

  • Higher overall confidence, comfort and knowledge about recognizing the warning signs of adults’ behavior that may point to sexual interest in children or inappropriate boundaries with children.
  • Greater certainty of and comfort in their abilities to take actions to prevent or intervene in situations of child sexual abuse on campus.

For additional information on evaluation results, Prevention Innovations Research Center's evaluation summary, click here.