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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Development of a best practice guide to perpetrator program evaluation

June 2020

This project developed a guide for evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence.

Following on from the ANROWS-funded project Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in men’s behaviour change programs, this research updated existing evidence on best practice principles and guidelines for evaluating complex interventions, as well as reviewing a number of validated tools that could be used to evaluate men’s change and women’s and children’s safety.

The development of the practical evaluation guide was informed by three main activities: a literature review, case study examples and ongoing input from a review panel.

The evaluation guide is pitched at men’s behaviour change practitioners who might be conducting an in-house evaluation, as well as funders, practitioners or practice designers who might be commissioning an external evaluation. Upon working through the evaluation guide, readers should:

  • understand the purposes of conducting quality evaluations of men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs)
  • be able to develop a program logic and articulate appropriate evaluation questions
  • be aware of a range of methodologies available to answer the evaluation questions
  • gain an awareness of the important considerations in designing an evaluation of MBCPs
  • be aware of the ethical issues that need to be considered when commissioning or conducting an evaluation of an MBCP.


Project Lead

Dr Angela Nicholas, University of Melbourne

Research expertise

Dr Georgia Ovenden, University of Melbourne

Practice expertise

Mr Rodney Vlais, Consultant



Evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence



Evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence: Key findings and future directions



The Evaluation guide: A guide for evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence




Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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