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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Lam, M., A. Falcon, and N. Merhill. 2023. Approaches to the Evaluation of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Efforts. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27267.
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ISSUE PAPER

Approaches to the
Evaluation of Sexual
Harassment Prevention
and Response Efforts

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Mariam Lam, Ashley Falcon, and Nicole Merhill, Authors

Kaitlin Spear, Editor

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This individually-authored paper was conducted under the auspices of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Action Collaborative brings together academic and research institutions and key stakeholders to work toward targeted, collective action on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education. The authors are solely responsible for the content of this paper, which does not necessarily represent the views of the authors’ organizations or of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Learn more: http://www.nationalacademies.org/sexualharassmentcollaborative

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Lam, M., A. Falcon, and N. Merhill. 2023. Approaches to the Evaluation of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Efforts. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27267.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Lam, M., A. Falcon, and N. Merhill. 2023. Approaches to the Evaluation of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Efforts. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27267.
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Evaluation, an important component of all research, is critical to integrate into interventions addressing sexual harassment, because the targets of such harassment can suffer serious consequences, including physical and emotional harm, lost educational opportunities, and negative effects on their career. Not only are the consequences potentially severe, but the problem is pervasive across all levels of academia. Studies show that 20–50 percent of undergraduate and graduate students experience sexual harassment from faculty or staff, as well as nearly 50 percent of women faculty and staff in academia. Moreover, despite efforts in recent decades to prevent and respond effectively to sexual harassment, it remains a significant issue with no clear decline in incidence rates. This paper offers insight into selecting the appropriate methods for evaluating interventions based on evidence, case studies, and the perspectives and experiences of the authors. The goal of the paper is to provide interested parties in higher education with an introduction to methods and approaches to evaluating interventions designed to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in their institutions.

This individually-authored issue paper was created by members of the Evaluation Working Group of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education to explore the challenges and research areas related to the evaluation of a wide range of efforts to address sexual harassment, which they present in this document. The Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine brings together academic and research institutions and key stakeholders to work toward targeted, collective action on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education. The Action Collaborative includes four working groups (Prevention, Response, Remediation, and Evaluation) that identify topics in need of research, gather information, and publish resources for the higher education community.

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