The purpose of the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Grant Program is to award funds to all U.S. states, D.C., and eight territorial Departments of Health (DOH) for rape prevention and education activities conducted by the DOH, sexual assault coalitions, rape crisis centers, and other public and private entities. The aim of this contract was to enhance the CDC’s and other stakeholders’ knowledge of the allocation and uses of the RPE grants in order to improve the administration, effectiveness, and efficiency of the RPE Grant Program. The primary objectives of this assessment were to 1) document the intended goals and objectives of the RPE Grant Programs, 2) assess the allocation mechanisms, uses, and impact of the funds for RPE, and 3) assess the technical assistance and training needs of territorial, state, and local RPE-supported programs. To meet such objectives, these data collection tasks were employed: a) a critical review of both published literature and the related materials pertaining to the RPE Grant Program, b) telephone interviews with key federal and state stakeholders, c) a Web-based survey of a range of state/territory representatives, d) site visits for more detailed information, and e) focus groups. Some of the major findings included a consensus on the overall goal of the RPE Grant Program, and that the availability of specific sexual violence prevention funding is a strength of the program. However, it was also found that improvements are needed in providing information in definitions and best practices.
PIC ID: 8044; Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control; Federal Contact: Lang, Karen, 770-488-1118; Performer: RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC