Sexual Assault

Evaluating the Work of SANE Programs in the Criminal Justice System

I am very honored to be the consultant on some exciting research being conducted by Dr. Rebecca Campbell and colleagues at Michigan State University. If you are interested in participating in a project that will assist you in evaluating the efficacy of your program on criminal justice outcomes, please read more about how to apply, after the jump:


Principal Investigator: Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Professor, Michigan State University
Collaborators: IAFN and NSVRC
Consultant: Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, DF-IAFN

Project Description:

SANE programs are invited to apply to be a pilot site in the national SANE Toolkit Evaluation. The Toolkit is a step-by-step guide designed to assist SANE program staff in evaluating how their program impacts the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their community. The Toolkit provides SANEs with the information and resources to evaluate their impact on prosecution and to use their evaluation results to enhance the impact of their program. Selected programs will be provided with a copy of the Toolkit and training and technical assistance for designing and implementing an evaluation in their own communities. The project will run for 12 months and we anticipate it will begin July 2010.

Project Requirements:

Programs that participate will be required to:  (a) participate in a web-based training, three conference calls, individual communication with the research team, and a site visit; (b) collect data on prosecution outcomes in their community which will remain confidential; and (c) share de-identified information with the research team. It is expected that participation will require approximately 10 hours per month.

Benefits of Participation:

Programs that participate in the project will receive free training and technical assistance including a site visit, and free materials to help them assess the impact of their program on legal outcomes.


No prior experience with evaluation is required to take part in the project. Programs will be required to obtain a letter of support from the prosecutor’s office and from the senior hospital or agency administrator (e.g. director of nursing, agency director) as part of the application process. Programs that work with more than one prosecutor’s office should obtain a letter from the office with whom they primarily work. Due to limited resources, not all programs who apply will be selected. A random sample will determine which of the eligible sites will participate in the project.

Deadlines: Applications will open on March 15, 2010 and close on April 30, 2010.

To Apply: To request an application or for more information, please email

5 replies on “Evaluating the Work of SANE Programs in the Criminal Justice System”

Hello all! I’m also curious about when site decisions will be made. We at Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital are excited at the ptoential to be a part of this project!

Heather Stombaugh, CCRP Trauma Research Coordinator

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