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Process evaluation of the community readiness approach to prevent sexual violence implemented by the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

Semel, Audrey (2019) Process evaluation of the community readiness approach to prevent sexual violence implemented by the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Sexual assault is a pervasive form of violence associated with many detrimental physical, mental, emotional health outcomes as well as having profound public health effects. Preventing sexual violence is a formidable task, and evaluating the work being carried out by sexual violence prevention programs also proves to be challenging. The focus of this thesis project was to partner with the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) to conduct an evaluation of how they implement the Community Readiness Assessment Model (CRAM) as part of their sexual violence prevention programming. What follows is a process evaluation of PAAR’s implementation of the CRAM process, assessing how closely PAAR’s implementation aligns with the original Level 1 activities of the CRAM logic model. Using an exit interview of my own design, I conducted follow-up interviews with the PAAR staff and community partners who were involved in the CRAM process. I held these interviews in person, recording the interviews with verbal consent from the participants. To analyze the results, I transcribed and coded the exit interviews, using a thematic analysis method to identify themes that emerged from the transcripts. After coding, transcribing, and performing the thematic analysis, the following themes were identified from the community partner interviews: the interview design was unfit for the community, the interview questions were confusing, and that the interviewees felt comfortable during the interview. Here are the themes that surfaced from the PAAR staff interviews: more preparation was needed for the interviews, the interview questions were challenging, and there were positive aspects of the interview process that should be retained. The proposed process evaluation is of great public health significance as it not only improves the CRAM process for PAAR, but also provides a community assessment process evaluation that rape crisis centers nationwide can model. After reviewing the literature, it is to my knowledge that this is the first process evaluation of a sexual violence readiness assessment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Semel, Audreyaus11@pitt.eduaus11
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHawk, Marymary.hawk@pitt.edu
Committee MemberMiller, Elizabethelm114@pitt.edu
Committee MemberGarland, Richardrig11@pitt.edu
Committee MemberEvans, JuliejulieE@paar.net
Date: 20 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 April 2019
Approval Date: 20 June 2019
Submission Date: 9 April 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 65
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: N/A
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 14:48
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/36647

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