Day One is currently part of two exciting research studies dealing with sexual violence prevention – one for high school students and one in middle schools. The two studies are focused on creating cutting-edge prevention programming and providing rigorous evaluation of that programming. In both studies, there is an incredible team of experts collaborating with Day One including: Rhode Island Hospital researchers, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientists, and international social norms expert and consultant, Alan Berkowitz.
Sandy Malone, Day One’s Prevention Education Coordinator, is the lead on both of these studies for Day One. We recently asked Sandy five questions about this important work. Here’s what she said!
- Can you describe why the work being done in these studies is important?
Although there are many programs addressing sexual violence prevention, there hasn’t been any rigorous evaluation of these programs to see if they are effective in reducing sexual assaults. The data from these studies will be a tremendous help in driving prevention efforts forward in the field. Across the country, people have expressed excitement about this study and the implications for prevention efforts. We (the team) presented this work at the National Sexual Assault Conference in August and were flooded with questions about the program and team collaboration.
- Has a study like this ever been done before?
To date, there has not been a rigorous study of this nature – a real collaboration among practitioners, researchers, and evaluators. Previous studies were conducted in traditional research settings and not in classrooms. Organizations similar to Day One in other states across the country are looking at this model and are excited that this research will open doors to more funding opportunities for evaluation.To date, there has not been a rigorous study of this nature – a real collaboration among practitioners, researchers, and evaluators.
- What will be done with the findings?
Prior evaluations of Your Voice Your View, Day One’s prevention program for high school students, were very promising and we are optimistic that the findings through these new studies will be favorable as well. For Day One, the findings will drive changes needed in the program. The proven effectiveness of the program will help increase participation in Your Voice Your View among schools and allow it to continue to be available for Rhode Island high schools. The findings will also shape and enhance all of Day One’s education programs. On a national level, we will be developing an instructional manual and program materials so that other states can implement this program.
- How can students/schools get involved?
Students (or anyone!) can call me, Sandra Malone, at 421-4100 x160 to learn more about the programs. The high school grant will continue for two more years, so there is plenty of time for more schools to participate. The middle school grant is in its first year of planning and we will be sending out information soon. We are actually looking for a few middle school staff members to participate in program development. Call me if you know anyone who would be interested.
- What does prevention mean to you?
Great question! To me, prevention means:
- Creating healthy environments where sexual violence cannot flourish because is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in our families, our social circles, our school and work settings, and in our court systems
- Promoting healthy behaviors early on, before unhealthy behaviors can begin
- Educating communities that it is everyone’s responsibility and everyone has a role
- Increasing awareness of the fact that the majority of people have healthy relationships and do not support any type of harmful behavior, which can empower them as bystanders to intervene when they see or know someone is at risk
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