Strengthening What Works: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

An RWJF national program

Dates of Program: February 2009 to February 2013

Description: Few programs to prevent intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities have been evaluated and organizations offering these programs have little evaluation capacity. Strengthening What Works provided funding and technical assistance to help eight organizations evaluate their projects to prevent intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities, while building their capacity to evaluate other projects in the future. An evaluation of the practices across all of the programs was conducted to understand the implications for other intimate partner violence prevention efforts.

“There can be effective programs that focus only on changing or reframing cultural norms and do not address healthy relationships, but to address healthy relationships the approach must work within changing/reframing of cultural norms to be appropriate and effective.”—Nathaniel Tashima and Cathleen Crain, national program directors at LTG Associates

Key Results

  • The eight grantees evaluated 11 different projects. With the goal of intimate partner violence prevention, the grantee projects focused on:

    • Reframing social and cultural norms in their communities away from those that tolerate or justify intimate partner violence
    • Developing healthy relationships
  • The majority of grantees reported positive changes in skills, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of program participants. They also reported some limited changes in participant behaviors. The idea of creating a “safe space” in which participants could discuss their experiences and feelings was an important support to many of the projects.

  • By the end of the program nearly all grantees had increased their evaluation capacity and commitment to evaluation.

  • The evaluation experience afforded the grantee organizations with key benefits, perhaps the most important of which were the improvements made to programming by the systematic collection, analysis, and use of evaluation findings. Most grantees successfully integrated evaluation findings into program improvement.

  • Most grantees made significant progress toward developing a culture of evaluation in their organization.

    Citation:

    Strengthening What Works: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Evaluation Summary. Available online.

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Strengthening What Works evaluated IPV models in immigrant & refugee communities to ID successful practices