Measuring Success in the Criminal Justice System’s Response to VAWA Crimes

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

Sarah Goan
Sarah Goan, MPP
Senior Research Associate
University of Southern Maine – Cutler Institute
Kristina Lugo-Graulich
Kristina Lugo-Graulich, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable. Since 2019, the Violence Against Women Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) and the Justice Research and Statistical Association (JRSA) have been engaged in efforts to research, pilot, evaluate, and recommend outcome measures that OVW and grantees can use to measure the success of law enforcement’s response to crimes. The project will culminate in recommendations to OVW for collecting outcomes that are linked to good practice, matched to VAWA-funded activities, useful to grantees for data-driven decision-making, feasible for both OVW and grantees to implement, and minimally burdensome for grantees to use. This presentation shares the results of this two-year exploration, focusing first on the emerging conceptual framework that maps VAWA-funded law enforcement activities to outcomes at the agency, officer, and victim levels. The presentation will then share the results of a data collection pilot conducted with 15 OVW grantees to explore the usability, feasibility and quality of proposed outcome indicators when collected in the field.


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

  • Explain what a concept model is (and how it differs from a logic model).
  • Describe the longer-term outcomes associated with improving the law enforcement response to VAWA Crimes. 
  • Identify meaningful outcomes connected to Law Enforcement improvement work.
  • Evaluate field-tested metrics that can be used to gauge success.

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