The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will intensify its efforts to maintain California’s leadership role in applying a comprehensive public health primary prevention approach to ending sexual violence (SV). The costs of SV make it imperative that CDPH support efforts to change social conditions that make violence possible in the first place. California’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program will: implement SV prevention strategies in California communities; provide technical assistance and training to local rape crisis centers (sub-recipients); build local program evaluation infrastructure and capacity; collaborate with programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and statewide organizations; participate in CDC-sponsored support activities; and, conduct SV surveillance.
Purpose: The purpose of CDPH’s RPE Program is to utilize the best available evidence to prevent SV. This is accomplished by supporting sub-recipients in the implementation of primary prevention strategies emphasizing community-level strategies and outcomes at the local level, and by collaborating with partners on state-level strategies to address community- and societal-level risk and protective factors.
Outcomes: Based on the overarching CDC Logic Model for the RPE Program, the anticipated outcomes for CDPH’s program include short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term outcomes that focus on multiple components of the program. The main areas that the RPE Program affects are: the capacities of both CDPH and local sub-recipients to implement strategies and evaluate them; RPE participant outcomes; and community-level and societal-level outcomes in RPE-funded communities.
The short-term outcomes of the CDPH RPE Program include: increasing the capacity of sub-recipients to implement evidence-informed, community-level SV prevention programs using the public health approach; increasing outcome and process evaluation activities; increasing the tracking of state-level SV indicators; increasing the number of sub-recipients that implement community-level change prevention strategies that reflect the state theory of change; increasing behaviors, skills, attitudes and knowledge that contribute to preventing SV perpetration and victimization among RPE participants; and increasing the visibility of the issue of SV.
The intermediate outcomes of the CDPH RPE Program include: increasing capacity to use indicator data to evaluate outcomes and process implementation at the state level; increasing capacity to utilize and interpret evaluation data to make data-informed decisions about program delivery at the sub-recipient level; increasing partnerships and collaboration to support community/societal-level strategies and coordinate state SV prevention work; increasing shared outcomes of focus among collaborative partners and state-level RPE Program; decreasing community risk factors for SV; and increasing community protective factors that promote the prevention of SV.
The long-term outcomes of the CDPH RPE Program include: increasing civic health involvement and collective capacity in community improvements; reducing sexual harassment/ SV perpetration and victimization; and increasing the number of safe, equitable, and respectful relationships in California communities.