SVPP Evaluation & FAQs

Sexual Violence Prevention Research

Currently, there is very little academic research looking into the types of interventions that successfully prevent sexual violence. Dartmouth has committed to not only implement multiple types of interventions through the Sexual Violence Prevention Project (SVPP), but also evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions.

Evaluating the SVPP

Dartmouth is partnering with experts in sexual violence prevention, research, and evaluation, from Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). They are tasked with evaluating the effectiveness of the SVPP utilizing a multi-year, mixed-method (quantitative and qualitative), longitudinal study.

Methods include:

  • Annual Survey - Culture, Behavior, & Experiences (CBE) survey
  • Pre & 6-week Post Training surveys 
  • Focus Groups & Individual Interviews
  • Real-Time Random Sampling

The overall research and evaluation will help determine if our prevention efforts are making a difference by increasing positive behavior (SVPP outcomes) and decreasing harmful behavior (sexual violence). 

The results of the research and evaluation will guide Dartmouth's prevention efforts moving forward and those that participate in the research, their responses, will contribute to the body of science for sexual violence prevention that could contribute to prevention strategies at other institutions across the country.

Culture, Behavior, and Experiences (CBE) survey

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Culture, Behavior, & Experiences (CBE) Survey

What is the CBE Survey?

  • The Culture, Behavior, and Experiences (CBE) survey and research is the first measure in a robust, multi-year, program evaluation and research study to determine the effectiveness of the SVPP. 
     

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

  • All undergraduate students over the age of 18 (excluding those in classes prior to 2021 and exchange students) are eligible to participate. 
     

HOW CAN I TAKE THE CBE SURVEY?

  • Go to dartgo.org/CBEFall21

    All undergraduate students (excluding those in classes prior to 2021 and exchange students)  receive an email in August or September inviting them to participate in this annual survey. Students will be asked to complete the CBE six times over the course of their Dartmouth career, from pre-matriculation to a year after they graduate. 

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CBE SURVEY OR OTHER SVPP SURVEYS?

  • No, but as the SVPP is integrated into the Dartmouth experience, we want to make sure it is effective and a good use of student's time. The surveys are intended to be an opportunity for students to open up and share honestly, so we can learn from student experiences and improve our prevention strategies.

    We are asking all Dartmouth undergraduate students to participate in the CBE survey annually, pre and post program surveys, and other evaluations methods to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our sexual violence prevention efforts; however, the research component of the evaluation is completely voluntary. You will have the opportunity to opt out of the research during the consent process at the beginning of each survey and can opt out of any questions throughout the survey. Decisions to opt out will have no impact on your relationship with the College, members of the staff or any department or organization on campus. Only students aged 18 and over (excluding student prior to the class of '21 and exchange students) will be eligible for participation in the research. 

    We believe providing evidence-based, data-informed, student-centered prevention programming is a responsibility of the College. You deserve to be part of a safe, inclusive, and positive campus community. This evaluation and research will enable us to better foster a community that supports the wellbeing of each and every student. 

CAN I COMPLETE THE CBE SURVEY IF I HAVE NEVER PARTICIPATED IN SVPP?

  • ​​​​Yes. We need to hear from all students! The '22s & '21s will be able to provide great baseline data since they never participated in the full SVPP experience. This will allow us to compare their responses to the future juniors and seniors, who will participate in the full four-year SVPP experience.
     

HOW LONG IS THE CBE SURVEY?

  • The CBE survey takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.
     

DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE CBE SURVEY IN ONE SITTING OR CAN I CLOSE OUT AND COME BACK TO IT?

  • We recommend that students complete the CBE survey in one sitting to ensure they complete the full survey, but students can close out of the survey and come back to complete it. You will need to use the survey link, sign back in, and you should be taken back to the section where you left off.
     

WILL MY RESPONSES BE LINKED TO MY NAME?

  • No. You will need to use your Dartmouth ID to sign-in then you will be provided with the opportunity to consent to the research before you begin. Whether you consent to have your data used for the research or not, your identity will be encrypted as you are routed to UNH's system to begin a survey. We will be using a sophisticated encryption system to protect your data so your survey responses will remain unidentifiable to the Evaluation and Research team at both UNH and Dartmouth. 
     

WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY RESPONSES?

  • Only the UNH Evaluation and Research team will have access to survey responses and as mentioned above, we are using a sophisticated encryption system to protect your data so your survey responses will remain unidentifiable to both the UNH and Dartmouth Evaluation and Research teams.
     

HOW DOES THE ENCRYPTION SYSTEM PROTECT MY IDENTITY?

  • We are using Single Sign-On authentication (SSO) one-way encryption to create a coded identification string (CIS) for each participant. So when you sign on with your Dartmouth ID (NetID) it will be one-way encrypted using a Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) method. In RSA, a public-key and a private-key are generated, the former for encryption and the latter for decryption. We will destroy the private-key (decryption) and use the RSA public-key to generate the coded identification string (CIS). As stated above, your survey responses will remain unidentifiable to the Evaluation and Research team at both UNH and Dartmouth. 
     

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE, STALKING OR HARASSMENT ON THE SURVEY?

  • The Evaluation and Research team have been granted an exemption from the College's Title IX Office and any information about sexual misconduct (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual or gender-based harassment) or alcohol or drug use shared in the survey or other SVPP evaluation measures will not constitute a formal report to Dartmouth College, and as such will not result in any action, disciplinary or otherwise to students or organizations. The surveys are intended to be an opportunity for students to open up and share honestly, so we can learn from student experiences and improve our prevention strategies.

    • If any student wants to report an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment to the College or the police, they can do so by contacting a Title IX Coordinator at TitleIX@dartmouth.edu or visit dartgo.org/TitleIXreporting for more information about reporting options. 

  • However, according to New Hampshire state law, any information shared in open text responses of the survey related to hazing, must be reported to law enforcement. That being said, PLEASE REMEMBER, no identifiable information is connected to your survey responses unless you specifically type it into the open text responses.

    • Should you have concerns, or would like to make a formal report of hazing to Dartmouth or the police, please contact or access: The Dartmouth LiveSafe app, Dartmouth's Safety & Security anonymous reporting form 24 hours a day, the Hanover Police (603-646-2222 or 911 in an emergency), or Safety and Security (603-646-4000).
       

WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED ON THE CBE SURVEY? 

  • ​​​​The CBE survey includes questions about your attitudes and experiences regarding friendships, relationships, community responsibility, bystander intervention, sexual violence, etc. Understanding student experiences on this wide range of subjects gives us a better idea of where our prevention programming is effective, and where it isn't.
     

HOW WILL MY RESPONSES BE USED?

  • The University of New Hampshire's (UNH) Evaluation and Research team will collect and analyze students' data then compile results and recommendations for Dartmouth. The SVPP Core team will use the results and recommendations to determine changes and improvement to the curriculum and implementation of the SVPP moving forward. Those who consent to participate in the research, the results of their collective responses will be written up for publication and added to the body of science for sexual violence prevention. 
     

IF I CONSENT TO THE RESEARCH THIS YEAR DO, I HAVE TO CONSENT EVERY YEAR, OR VICE VERSA?

  • No. Consent to one survey does not mean you are consenting to all the surveys. As mentioned above, the research component of the evaluation is completely voluntary, and students can consent one year and choose to not consent to the research another year. Participating in the survey and research each year will provide us with more accurate data to evaluate the effectiveness of our prevention efforts and contribute to the body of science since this research is the first of its kind, but again, the research component each year is completely voluntary.
     

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CBE SURVEY OR RESEARCH?