Document Our Work Surveys. VAdata: Virginia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Data Collection System. Documenting Our Work.
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VAdata: Virginia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Data Collection System
The Documenting Our Work (DOW) project was initiated by Family Violence Prevention and Services Act staff at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
DOW is national initiative to develop tools to gather outcome data on the impact and value of services provided by local domestic violence programs.
It requires a new type of data collection—collecting data directly from victims.
Outcomes help to document that our services make a difference to people.
This more qualitative data demonstrates that all we have done has had an important impact.
Community-Based Services---hand out the survey to each adult who receives services from your agency on at least 3 different dates.
Shelter Services--- hand out surveys to residents at the point that you think they are about mid-way through their shelter stay.
We request that people completing the surveys put them in an envelope, seal it, and return it to you.
You may also choose to have a designated box where they can put the surveys.
Take a look at the surveys.
All of this data can be used to document how people were helped as a result of your services.
There is even an opportunity for people to tell us what they would have done if your services had not existed. In the Virginia, this has provided some compelling narrative.
What would you do without Shelter?
I’m sure many of us have heard these statements. How compelling to be able to report on them in the person’s own words!
These surveys are completely VOLUNTARY.
People may choose, for whatever reason, not to return them.
What is important is everyone who fits the criteria is offered the opportunity to complete and return a survey.
This is going to happen, and it’s not a problem.
The goal is to develop a system for distributing the surveys and to follow your system when possible.
This, too, is going to happen. When there are new procedures in practice and/or new staff and volunteers in the agency, things get missed.
We encourage SDVA advocates to do what they can to assure that victims/survivors are given the opportunity to participate.
Contact your designed SDVA liaison @