COVA Presentation: Assessing Needs & Measuring Outcomes for Domestic Violence Survivors
Echo Rivera (Research Associate, CPR) will be co-presenting with Brooke Ely-Milen (Director, Colorado Domestic Violence Program) at the upcoming 2016 Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) conference in Keystone, CO.
Their presentation will include the results of, and lessons learned from, the CPR evaluation of the Self-Sufficiency Matrix (SSM) in Colorado DVP-funded programs. The presentation is Monday, 10/24 from 1-2:30 pm MT in the Castle Peaks room 3 & 4. We hope to see you there!
Increasingly, policymakers and funders require programs to demonstrate that their services lead to positive client outcomes. This can be challenging to accomplish when there are limited scales available to measure these services and outcomes. In March 2014, the Colorado Domestic Violence Program (DVP; at the Colorado Department of Human Services) initiated a task force to identify common domestic violence (DV) program outcomes as well as tools to measure services provided and client outcomes. The self-sufficiency matrix (SSM) was chosen for use and implemented in most DVP-funded programs in Colorado beginning in fall 2015. The SSM is a tool typically used by caseworkers at family resource centers to better provide and track services to their clients across 21 domains (e.g., housing, food, income, social support). DVP contracted with the Center for Policy Research (CPR) to evaluate the implementation and applicability of the SSM for DV services. This workshop will present the findings from this evaluation, including the cautions and concerns identified when applying a tool such as the SSM for evaluating victim services.