In our RVT, we are interested in narrowing the science-to-service gap. Our RVT has partnered with community organizations to help identify services that could strengthen the quality of their programs to help improve the outcomes for the population that they serve.
Program Evaluation of KCSARC Legal Advocacy
Our most substantial program evaluation work was with King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. Beginning in 2007, members of the RVT partnered with KCSARC to develop a sustainable procedure for evaluating their legal advocacy services. Currently, we are writing a manuscript to report the qualitative analysis and psychometric credibility of the measures we created and modified. Additionally, many have used the data collected with KCSARC for their dissertations. Here are links to their dissertations online:
- Joanne's Dissertation: https://digitalcommons.spu.edu/cpy_etd/31/
- Clara's Dissertation: https://digitalcommons.spu.edu/cpy_etd/23/
In 2018, Bikos RVT and KCSARC modified the program evaluation to include additional measures that will better define the effects of the legal advocacy program. The primary purpose of this program evaluation is to evaluate the impact of their legal advocacy services program on adolescent and adult clients’ perceived social support, coping self-efficacy, coping strategies, resilience, secondary victimization, and satisfaction with program at intake, at conclusion of services, and at a 3-month follow-up. These measures have been translated into Spanish by Bikos RVT and KCSARC, and we plan on administering the measures in both English and Spanish to include more of KCSARC's clientele.
Program Evaluation of 4-H
In a multi-phasedproject, we investigated the utilization of research evidence by 4-H volunteers, staff, and faculty.
Tillman, J. & Bikos, L. H. (2014). Explaining research utilization among 4-H faculty, staff, and volunteers: The role of self-efficacy, learning goal orientation, training, and previous experience. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging research and practice, 9(2), 133-148. Retrieved from https://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/65
Bikos, L. H., Kocheleva, J. A., Campbell, T., Daryani, R., Chahil, S., Brown, T., Winberg, Y., & Pavese, L. (2011). Investigating the utilization of research evidence in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging research and practice, 6(2), article 110602FA002. Retrieved from https://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/185
- Megan's Dissertation: https://digitalcommons.spu.edu/cpy_etd/2/
Program Evaluation of Cocoon House
We have partnered with this agency to provide program evaluation services to identify ways that a call-in-intervention Project Safe can be enhanced.