How do we know that the programs work and why? And, what is the cost-effectiveness of the programs that may appear to work?
Anti-bullying programs should endeavor to do the following:
- The first step is to engage an evaluation researcher in the program planning process.
- Conduct a needs assessment of the prevalence of bullying in your target areas, e.g., schools. The assessment provides the baseline data for measuring bullying trends.
- Among all evaluation approaches, including the Olweus, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL); we recommend the Logic Model as a framework for program planning and evaluation. The model brings theory to practice; it provides empirical data for determining what works, why, and cost-effectiveness.
- Program budget should include cost of program monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
- Use culturally competent/appropriate tools to collect data and data analysis.
- Provide evaluation reports to stakeholders, including funders.
- Disseminate results widely to galvanize support for sustainability.