CANCELED: The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project: Developmental Evaluation in Practice


Dr. Rebecca Campbell—Professor of Ecological-Community Psychology, MSU and Recipient of AEA’s 2013 Outstanding Evaluation AwardWednesday, April 9, 2014
Location: 4410 Ellsworth Hall
Time: Noon – 1pm

In 2009, 11,000+ sexual assault kits (SAKs) were discovered in a Detroit Police Department property storage facility, most of which had never been forensically tested and/or investigated by the police.  In 2011, a multi-stakeholder group convened to develop long-term response strategies, including protocols for notifying victims whose kits had been part of the backlog.  In this presentation, I will describe the process by which we used developmental evaluation theory to create a mixed-methods evaluation of this initiative. This presentation will summarize the numerous challenges (psychological, ethical, and legal) we have faced attempting to locate survivors so many years later to evaluate the efficacy of the protocols developed by the multidisciplinary team.

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