Documenting Domestic Violence Services, Client Needs, and Client Outcomes: The Final Report of the Colorado Tool Development Projectclick to download
The study described in this report is Phase II of an ongoing effort to document community-based domestic violence (DV) advocacy services and measure outcomes. In October 2016, the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) convened a group of stakeholders to create and/or identify (1) an assessment tool to help DV advocates identify clients’ needs at intake and (2) a client outcome measure that was appropriate for use in a DV advocacy organization and for reporting to a state funding agency.
Only one outcome measure met the criteria set by DVP and Center for Policy Research (CPR): MOVERS (Measure of Victim Empowerment Related to Safety). Additionally, the stakeholder group developed two process tools: (1) a needs assessment, and (2) a case closure tool. CPR conducted a pilot study in three DV organizations to test these tools. With client consent, pilot sites shared client-level demographics and data from these tools for 101 clients with CPR. In addition, clients completed an anonymous survey about their experience with completing MOVERS. Finally, CPR conducted post-pilot focus groups with advocates at each site. The goals of the pilot were to: (1) identify the reliability of MOVERS in Colorado organizations, (2) determine whether MOVERS was significantly related to DV services in Colorado, (3) identify areas of improvement for the needs assessment and case closure tool, and (4) provide suggestions for DVP’s potential statewide implementation.
Lessons learned from this pilot are shared in this final report.
Issue(s): Gender-Based Violence
Focus Area(s): Domestic Violence Program Innovations
Issues & Focus Areas
- Child Support
- Child Welfare
- Early Childhood & Education
- Economic Security & Healthcare
- Father Engagement & Healthy Relationships
- Gender-Based Violence