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University of Iowa: Case Study in Measuring Change

So many universities are large and decentralized. How can institutions track their violence prevention activities and ensure that students’ needs are being met?

At the University of Iowa, the Anti-Violence Coalition, in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, has introduced the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education and Training Database to gather information on educational and training activities pertaining to sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. The data collection effort is part of the university’s two-year Anti-Violence Plan.

Gathering such data will allow the university to:

  • Understand what prevention education and training is occurring on campus for the benefit of campus community members
  • Ensure the university is meeting its commitments to the campus community
  • Ensure it is providing the education and training required under the Campus SAVE Act, provisions  of Title IX, and a grant from the Department  of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
  • Fulfill reporting requirements for the Annual Security Report required by the Clery Act and semi-annual reporting to OVW
  • Assess adherence to evidence-informed practice and promote effective practice

The goal is to record events as they occur to provide the university with real-time information for requests and needs that arise throughout the year. The data also will be used to determine strengths and gaps in campus education and training for future planning.