NSV Highlight on: Campus Climate Survey: Best Practices

by Sean Hedden

On October 14, 2016, Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, Ph.D., of the DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women released a statement offering best practices to conduct campus climate surveys measuring the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. There is also a link to a Student Action Packet for student leaders who want to work with administrators in launching a survey.

Best practices for conducting a campus climate survey includes:

  1. Confidentiality. This best practice includes advice and resources on how to make sure that all surveys are kept confidential while encouraging honesty and reducing bias.
  2. Creating a Long-Term Action Plan. This gives insight collecting data, follow-up practices, and a link to “Action Planning and Dissemination”
  3. Using Electronic Devices. This asks surveyors to use up-to-date technology in order to collect data in quick and convenient manners.
  4. Offering Incentives. This asks that students are offered a modest incentive to conduct the survey.
  5. Content of Questions. This best practice emphasizes specificity in questions to understand the “nature of violence,” “demographic information,” and the “individuals knowledge of sexual assault.”

In order to keep a campus safe from sexual violence, data is essential in creating evidence-based solutions. For more information and further resources, check out Best Practices: Campus Climate Surveys.

 

 

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