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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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PI.17.03

Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in men’s behaviour change programs

Project length
1 year

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priorities:
2.1 Defining and measuring effectiveness 
2.2 Development of best practice in evaluating perpetrator interventions 


This combined project aims to develop the foundational knowledge needed to build the evidence base for Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs) through:

  • the development of a program logic, identification of intermediate outcome tools and the development of practice guidelines, to support an informed approach to evaluation practice based on the application of empirical knowledge on behaviour change; and
  • the development of a set of criteria to enable assessment of whether MBCPs have been designed, integrated and implemented in a manner consistent with its theoretical underpinnings as intended by providers and the integrated service system of which, they are a part.

The research will:

  • Undertake a review of existing evidence on outcomes for mandated referrals, development of logic models and a systematic evaluation of psychometric assessment tools and qualitative methods to assess change.   Development of logic models will occur through consultation with Corrections (VIC, SA) and interviews with women, perpetrators, program managers and facilitators and other practitioners (e.g. child protection). Additional workshops with community based MBCPs will also be undertaken in Victoria and SA.
  • Conduct a systematic review of existing literature including consideration of the current reviews into minimum practice standards and guidelines occurring in jurisdictions. Interviews and focus groups with Vic and SA Corrections and workshops with community based MBCP in Victoria and WA will be conducted to gain practice perspectives on the delivery of high integrity programs.  Where feasible, the practice perspectives on program integrity will be augmented by observation of a MBCP session delivery.   Findings from the qualitative component will be presented to the project reference group for feedback.

Researchers

Project Lead

Prof Andrew Day, James Cook University

Research expertise

Prof Donna Chung, Curtin University of Technology

Practitioner expertise

Rodney Vlais

Policy expertise

Dr Henry Pharo, Department for Correctional Services, SA

Dr Shaymaa Elkadi, Corrections Victoria

Project partners

A project reference group will be convened, with members including South Australia Central Domestic Violence Service, the Office for Women, and the Australian Children's Safety Alliance


Downloads

Research report

Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in men’s behaviour change programs

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Research summary

Men’s behaviour change programs: Measuring outcomes and improving program quality:
Key findings and future directions

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Budget

$113,327

Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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