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Statewide Impact of VOCA Funding Evaluation Project

what is the statewide evaluation project?

In 2015, Colorado received a significant increase in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. VOCA state funds are administered by the Colorado State Office for Victims Programs (OVP). With increases in and distribution of funds over time, OVP seeks to increase service provision to crime victims, improve organizational capacity to serve victims, and improve service collaboration and coordination. Through the Statewide Evaluation Project (SEP), the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, under the direction of Anne P. DePrince, will evaluate the impact of state VOCA funding on crime victim services using two sources of information. First, the research team will use grant reports to track outcomes associated with fund distribution over time. Second, a randomly selected group of program leaders will be invited to participate in an interview focused on the impact of VOCA funds on your organization. This evaluation is funded by the State of Colorado Office for Victims Programs.

WHY WAS I ASKED TO TAKE PART IN AN INTERVIEW?

You may have been invited to participate in an interview focused on the impact of these funds on your organization. As researchers at the University of Denver's Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, we are evaluating the impact of VOCA funds on crime victim services in the state, including the impact of funding on agency capacity to serve crime victims. Directors of programs/agencies receiving VOCA funds were randomly selected to be invited to take part in an interview about the impact of funds on your agency.

HOW WILL MY ANSWERS BE USED?

The researchers will use your responses to interview questions to assess the impact of VOCA funds on agencies service crime victims. The researchers will analyze answers to provide feedback to Office of Victims Programs, but will not identify individual responses from anyone interviewed.

WHO IS CONDUCTING THIS STUDY?

Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. is conducting this study. This study will help us understand what impact VOCA funds have on agency capacity to serve crime victims.

Your choice to participate or not has no effect on your access to VOCA funding or other resources. For more information about SEP, please contact (303.871.7407), ([email protected]) at (ATTN: Anne DePrince, Department of Psychology, 2155 S. Race Street, Denver CO 80208). If you have any questions or concerns about your research participation or rights as a participant, you may contact the DU Human Research Protections Program by emailing [email protected] or calling (303) 871-2121 to speak to someone other than the researchers.

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Last update: 23May2018