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Sexual Assault Prevention Evaluation Checklist

This Sexual Assault Prevention Evaluation Checklist provides a summary of what prevention evaluation is, the importance of evaluating prevention programs, and what is involved in the evaluation process.  This user-friendly guide explains what prevention evaluation can look like and is designed as technical assistance for programs newly asked to include evaluation strategies in their prevention work.  It focuses on how to incorporate evaluation with minimal cost when additional funding is not available.  For program-specific technical assistance about evaluation strategies, please call MCASA at 301-328-7023 or email [email protected].    


What is prevention evaluation?


 Why evaluate?


How do you do evaluations?

Sometimes it can be hard to translate the abstract goals of evaluation into concrete strategies for incorporating evaluations into sexual assault prevention programming. Here, we offer three suggestions for how to administer prevention program evaluations. These are by no means the only methods for evaluation, and we encourage you to use any methods that allow you to accurately assess whether a program is meeting its goals.

Pre- and post-tests

Activity-based assessment methods

While pre- and post-tests can generate useful results, it is not always the most appropriate or engaging evaluation method. Here are two other options that can help to integrate evaluation into regular sexual assault prevention program activities.

Example of a rubric to evaluate a skit on sexual assault prevention: 



“2” (Best)

The program skit must include 3 or more of the following positive messages to receive a score of “2”

  • Exhibit bystander behavior skills to intervene in a situation
  • Uses language and positive messages such as “It wasn’t your fault”
  • Demonstrating support for the victim by believing in them
  • Confronting victim-blaming messages in appropriate ways

“1” (Average)

The program skit must include 1-2 of the positive messages listed above to receive a score of “1”


“0” (Worst)

If the program skit did not include items from the “Best” list, and includes any of the following, it would receive a score of “0”

  • Not addressing victim-blaming language
  • Actively participating in victim-blaming language
  • Not utilizing bystander intervention skills in a situation


What do you do with the data?

It is important to know what types of data can be collected in an evaluation and what you can do with that data.


Checklist for evaluation:

Step One: What are the goals and objectives of your prevention program?

Step Two: How can you determine whether those goals have been achieved?

Step Three: How do you plan to collect the data?

Step Four: How can you quantify that knowledge?

Step Five: Choose evaluation methods that fit the sexual assault prevention activities you are presenting and the resources available.

Step Six: How will you use your data?


Program Evaluation Resources

If you would like learn more about program evaluation for sexual violence prevention programs, check out these resources listed below:

  1. Technical Assistance Guide and Resource Kit for Primary Prevention and Evaluation (From the National Sexual Violence Resource Center):
  2. An Interactive Online Course: Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: Steps and Strategies for Preventionists (Offered by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center):
  3. Veto Violence: EvaluACTION-Putting Evaluation to Work (From the CDC):



Preparation of this checklist was supported by the CDC under grant number #PHPA-G2093, awarded by the Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The opinions, findings, and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).