Removing barriers and enhancing your organization’s capacity to effectively serve survivors with disabilities is only the beginning of a growing movement to end domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people. Success and sustainability of these efforts relies on tracking progress and measuring effectiveness. The Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety developed a practical performance indicator tool to meet the growing need for straightforward and cost-effective ways for disability organizations, domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, and programs that address domestic and sexual violence to track their progress in serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have disabilities.
This one-of-a-kind resource helps practitioners track their organization’s progress over time by capturing point-in-time snapshots of their organization’s overall commitment and capacity to serve survivors with disabilities, and allows them to measure their efforts against field standards. It is also designed to help organizations track their progress towards specific goals and refine their capacity-building efforts to better meet those goals. The performance indicator tool draws upon data and resources that these types of organizations typically have access to, without requiring previous knowledge of statistics or evaluation methods. Guides for this tool created for each organization type provide step-by-step information on implementation, including how to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
- Measuring Your Organization’s Capacity to Serve Survivors with Disabilities webinar. Learn more about the indicators system through this recording of an introductory webinar originally broadcast on December 14, 2015. Vera program and research staff discuss this system and practical tips for implementation.
- Disability Organization Implementation Guide and Scoring Tool. This set of performance indicators include several measurements that are found across all five guides, but include indicators specific to disability organizations such as developing policies to create safe and confidential environments for survivors.
- Domestic Violence Program (with Residential Services) Implementation Guide and Scoring Tool. These performance indicators and scoring tool were developed specifically for residential domestic violence organizations and include indicators that address medication policies, as well as other areas that are specific to these programs.
- Domestic Violence Program (without Residential Services) Implementation Guide and Scoring Tool. This set of performance indicators and scoring tool includes measures specific to non-residential domestic violence programs including a focus on transportation accessibility.
- Rape Crisis Center Implementation Guide and Scoring Tool. Developed specifically for rape crisis centers, these performance indicators and accompanying scoring tool include measurements such as developing accessibility policies for hospital accompaniment.
- Programs Addressing Domestic and Sexual Violence Implementation Guide and Scoring Tool. This set of performance indicators and accompanying scoring tool include measurements found in all five guides but also reflect the responsibilities of program staff to be versed in best practices around both domestic violence and sexual assault against people with disabilities.
Adopting measurement tools in your work can lead to the recognition of best practices and identify areas for improvement. It also allows you to demonstrate your effectiveness through numbers that will help you gain buy-in from new allies, as well as provide valuable information for funding opportunities to continue your work to address violence against people with disabilities.
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