Can Data Save the World? Maybe Not, But We Can Try

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60 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 11, 2023

Kim Lonsway
Kimberly Lonsway, PhD
Director of Research, EVAWI
Kris-Tena Albers, APRN, MN, SANE-A
Director, SANE Training and Sustainability Program

In 2019, the Florida Council of Sexual Violence began conversations with EVAWI about our statewide data collection on SANE exams and related practices. We wanted to develop a methodology and instrumentation to collect consistent data from a diverse array of Rape Crisis Centers (RCCs) about the number of survivors receiving exams, and the types of advocacy and medical forensic services being provided. We were also interested in how many survivors reported to law enforcement, whether they used alternative reporting options (such as anonymous or non-investigative reports), and what happened as a result of those reports. Four years later, we have used the tool to collect data in several 6-month intervals. Results reveal previously hidden patterns, helping us to improve our services and outreach, as well as our collaborative work with other stakeholders. Save yourself four years of work! Come hear about the findings, and lessons learned, to up your game for data collection and better understand and improve the services you provide to survivors.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Evaluate the development of a survey instrument on sexual assault survivors’ agency contacts and service utilization. 
  • Examine statewide data from Florida on survivors’ utilization of medical forensic exams, victim advocacy services, and alternative reporting options to law enforcement. 
  • Consider adapting the instrument for use in your own agency, community, or state.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

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