Evaluation

EvalIn April 2003, MCSR was one of four organizations nationwide to receive a technical assistance grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed to identify and evaluate best practices for primary prevention programs aimed at stopping young men and boys from committing sexual assault. Originally slated as a two-year project, the partnership evolved into a four-year relationship.


In the first year, MCSR created a logic model, outcome markers, and instruments to assess the impact of the organization’s Washington, DC-based MOST Club. The second year focused on implementation of the evaluation, data analysis, and dissemination of findings. The expansion into the third and fourth years involved instrumentation and fidelity testing to measure the causal relationship between the success of the Club and the specific process of curriculum implementation and facilitation. MCSR has continued to use these CDC-developed tools, including member pre and post-test surveys, non-member pre- and post-test surveys, staff interviews, and member and staff focus groups, to gain valuable quantitive and qualitative data on its programs.



MOST Club 2004-2005 Evaluation

Analyses of the 2004-2005 MOST Club evaluation data were conducted and revealed favorable changes related to knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors after completion of the 16-week MOST Club. Most notably, in response to questions assessing bystander behavior, the MOST Club participants were significantly more likely to intervene in situations when a young woman was touched inappropriately by her male peers after
the 16 week MOST Club than he was before his participation in the club.

Given the relatively small sample size included in these analyses, the significant findings are encouraging and represent a first step in understanding the impact of the MOST Club on its participants.  The evaluator's recommendations to increase the sample size and expand the assesment sites beyond Washington, DC were addressed in the 2009-2010 evaluation.

Read the entire report  here .

 
MOST Club 2009-10 Evaluation

Men Can Stop Rape's 2009-2010 evaluation results provide some illuminating quantitative data about the effect of the Men of Strength (MOST) Clubs. The results show that the MOST Club participants made statistically significant changes during the program year. After one year in a MOST Club, participants were more likely to:

  • Disagree with statements supporting the dominant story of masculinity and pro-harassment beliefs
  • Intervene in situations when a girl is being touched inappropriately by male peers
  • Intervene when a male peer was being verbally harassed or threatened with physical violence by another male peer

The MOST Club participants also reported a decrease in their own incidents of harassment and bullying behaviors, as well as an increased belief that they could play a role in reducing violence in their schools and communities.

Read the entire report here.