Evaluation of Women as Protectors
We are assessing the effectiveness of Women as Protectors in supporting women who protect children from sexual abuse.
How we’re evaluating this service
There are two components to the evaluation of Women as Protectors: pre- and post-evaluation; and process evaluation.
Pre- and post-evaluation
We identified key primary outcomes of the service in partnership with practitioners delivering the programme. We’re measuring these outcomes using psychometric measures before and after the group work.
Measures are collected at three time points for women:
- T1: just before starting the programme
- T2: at the final session of the group work
- T3: six months after completing the group work.
Children complete a psychometric measure at each session that they attend, and again six months later.
We will interview 12 women and 12 children who complete Women as Protectors.
Interviews will explore their experiences of using the service. This will help us identify facilitators and barriers to the programme bringing about change for women and children.
We’ll also interview ten mentors, practitioners and people who refer women and children to the service. This will provide an insight into their perspectives on the outcomes that the programme achieves.
Women, children and mentors will complete questionnaires at the end of the programme.
This evaluation uses the following tools:
- Adult Wellbeing Scale
- Outcome Rating Scale (ORS)
- Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale
- Tool to measure Parenting Self-Efficacy (TOPSE).