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:
- 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.
- Creating a Long-Term Action Plan. This gives insight collecting data, follow-up practices, and a link to “Action Planning and Dissemination”
- Using Electronic Devices. This asks surveyors to use up-to-date technology in order to collect data in quick and convenient manners.
- Offering Incentives. This asks that students are offered a modest incentive to conduct the survey.
- 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.