Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is the indispensable "How To" book on setting up a successful evaluation program. It is the first book to look at evaluation in the context of big picture issues such as the push for social change and shifts in public consciousness around violence against women and the broader issues of gender inequality In addition to being a key resource for both service providers and evaluators, Evaluating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault also serves the needs of funding agencies and policy makers, providing them with historical data and fact-by-fact research results that support informed decisions.
In this chapter, we will discuss several reasons why agencies should evaluate the effects their services have on clients and a few reasons why agencies should not evaluate their services. We will talk about the motives for evaluating domestic violence and sexual assault programs as well as several conflicts that may sometimes arise from divergent motives. We will argue ...