Developing Outcome Measures (New Paper!)

outcome measure document cover imageDeveloping Outcome Measures for Domestic Violence Programs’ Work With Children And Youth, a new resource for the field, outlines potential outcome measures that DV programs can consider utilizing in their efforts to evaluate their impact when working with mothers and children.  Written by Eleanor Lyon, PhD, Julia Perilla, PhD, and Anne Menard for Futures Without Violence, the manual explores some of the major complexities involved in developing and utilizing outcome measures for domestic violence programs’ work with children. It begins with an overview of some of the major considerations involved. It then describes the process used to reach the measures proposed here, along with issues to be discussed and resolved in order to implement them.

This paper is a a companion to Building Promising Futures: Guidelines for Enhancing Response of Domestic Violence Programs to Children and Youth.

Potential Outcome Measures:

For parents/caretakers:

  • I have a better understanding of the impact that domestic abuse/violence can have on my children
  • I have more tools and information to plan for my children’s safety
  • I have a better understanding of my child’s developmental needs
  • I feel more hopeful about my relationship with my children
  • I feel more confident as a parent
  • I feel better prepared to handle my concerns about my children
  • I feel more supported as a parent
  • I have a better understanding of the impact that domestic abuse/violence has had on my relationship with my children
  • My children can express their feelings better
  • I am more comfortable talking with my children about things that matter

For children/adolescents (over age 8):

  • I know more ways to get help when I am scared or upset
  • I have a better understanding of the troubles in my family
  • I better understand that troubles in my family are not my fault
  • I believe that adults care about me
  • I believe that people at this program can help me and my mother
  • My parent/caretaker(s) and I are more comfortable talking about things that matter
  • I am better able to talk about my feelings
  • I know more ways to calm down when I am upset
  • I know more ways to resolve conflicts I may have with other people
  • I have a better understanding of healthy relationships