International Bullying Prevention Association

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:

  1. The first step is to engage an evaluation researcher in the program planning process.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Program budget should include cost of program monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
  5. Use culturally competent/appropriate tools to collect data and data analysis.
  6. Provide evaluation reports to stakeholders, including funders.
  7. Disseminate results widely to galvanize support for sustainability.


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