Program Design

WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Sitting through a presentation or training can be difficult, but every now and then there is one that just works. You are excited, engaged, and alert! You care! You want to be there!

What separates the wheat from the chaff? What made that training matter to you? If it mattered to others in the room as well, it is very likely the trainer's methods were informed by understanding adult learning styles.

Adults have specific needs around learning. We want to know what is in it for…

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Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Prevention requires building lasting, meaningful relationships with your community. The below list, taken from Community Building: What Makes It Work, describes some of the key skills required in facilitators.

Understanding the Community
Successful community building efforts tend to have organizers who have a thorough understanding of the culture, social structure, demographics, political structure, and issues in the community.
Sincerity…
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Program Design
Building Connections and Affecting Change
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June, 2017

The articles in this issue of "PISC" provide several examples of programming that is driven by those in the community. While the programs utilize slightly different approaches and activities, there is a central theme of flexibility in the way these programs have worked with stakeholders. Some of the stories you will read are about groups just beginning their journey of social change while others describe more long-standing community approaches. Some stories describe the use of specific…

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Planning, Strategies, Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Sometimes we use a myths/facts approach in community education. Is it useful? Not really.

Take this example from a flyer from the Centers for Disease Control.

Myth:
The flu shot can cause the flu.
Fact:
The flu shot cannot cause the flu. Some people get a little soreness or redness where they get the shot.

Researchers read the flyer to people, and got some surprising results. Within 30 minutes, older people remembered about a…

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Program Design
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March, 2008

In this issue of Partners in Social Change (PISC) are articles on two public health methods that are useful for re-evaluating and goal setting — Needs and Resources Assessment and Outcome Evaluation. Both methods are valuable to prevention planning, however they are also the two methods most often bypassed due to lack of knowledge, funding, time, and other resources. Despite these limitations, it is important for us to be familiar with them and to creatively think of ways to incorporate them…

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Program Design
And Sufficient Dosage
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

One time only presentations done well will produce short-term gains in knowledge, but do little or nothing to change behavior. Research consistently shows that the best result single education sessions can produce is change in an individual's knowledge base. Changing behavior requires a sufficient dosage. This is true for all types of prevention, not just preventing sexual violence. Sufficient dosage means that in order to change a behavior, education must be provided in a way in which the…

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Best Practices, Program Design
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February, 2009

This issue of Partners in Social Change explores current prevention strategies in our state and delves into community development as a primary prevention strategy. Additionally, it discusses educational presentation efficacy.

Download this publication

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Program Design, Theory & Concepts
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault worked collaboratively with Dr. Paul Schewe, the Director of UIC's Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence to identify promising practices for rape crisis center initiated school based educational programs. The research focused on identifying characteristics associated with successful (showing change in knowledge, behavior and attitudes) as well as those not associated with…

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Program Design, Schools & Campus
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Tell a prevention story.

We are trying to prevent a social problem: sexual violence is epidemic. Since we are tackling such a large issue, our efforts can draw disagreements or resistance. It is easy to fall into the argument trap, and try to fight fire with fire. After all, if they only understood, how could they possibly disagree?

Statistics are a natural thing to reach for when justifying arguments or preparing presentations. For you and me, statistics might tell a rich…

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Program Design
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2012

We know that our community members receive a lot of information about health, wellness, safety, and other public health issues. How do we make our message about the importance of sexual violence prevention really stick? How do we motivate them to choose the healthy, non-violent attitudes and behaviors? The way in which we convey our messages in person, through resource materials, and with media are all important.

Communication that leads to action

There are many approaches…

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Program Design

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