Addressing Violence in Our Schools: Approaches to Program Development and Evaluation

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Violence in K-12 educational settings has gained national attention. It is a public health problem faced by youth, parents, schools, and communities that requires a systematic approach to program development and evaluation. The purpose of this roundtable is to first present the program development and program evaluation process used in SAVE (Sarasota Against Violence), a violence prevention program targeted at adolescents in Florida. Second, a series of discussion questions will be used to guide participants through topics such as designing complex, high stakes programs, designing evaluations capable of capturing complexity, designing evaluations that meet guiding program evaluation ethical standards, and the importance of mixed methods approaches to capturing the complex nature of violence prevention programming in K-12 education. Participants will leave with a variety of information and skills they can use to design violence prevention programs and related program evaluations that are capable of addressing this alarming public health issue.


American Evaluation Association Annual Conference (AEA)


Atlanta, GA