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Evaluating the Effectiveness of
Interventions to Prevent and Address
Sexual Harassment

PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP

Arielle L. Baker, Jeena M. Thomas,
and Jennifer E. Saunders, Rapporteurs

Committee on Developing Evaluation Metrics
for Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Policy and Global Affairs

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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPING EVALUATION METRICS FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION EFFORTS

Vicki J. Magley (Chair), Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

NiCole T. Buchanan, Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

Carol W. Greider, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Melissa L. Kwon, Associate Director for Prevention, PATH to Care Center, University of California, Berkeley

Larry R. Martinez, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, Portland State University

Nicole M. Merhill, Director, Office for Gender Equity and University Title IX Coordinator, Harvard University

Project Staff

Arielle L. Baker, Program Officer, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academies

Frazier Benya, Senior Program Officer, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academies

Imani Braxton-Allen, Senior Program Assistant, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academies (until April 2021)

Abigail Harless, Senior Program Assistant, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academies (beginning June 2021)

Jeena M. Thomas, Program Officer, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academies

Jen Saunders, Consultant Writer

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Preface and Acknowledgments

Higher education institutions have been carrying out efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment for decades. Yet there is still little known about whether those prevention efforts, or the efforts to evaluate preventative measures, are effective in achieving their goals. Until now, a common space to share perspectives about and make progress on such evaluation efforts—on what institutions are doing, on what challenges practitioners are facing, on what research needs to be done, on whether sexual harassment is being effectively prevented—has not been made available.

This Proceedings of a Workshop was prepared by the workshop rapporteurs as a factual summary of what was presented and discussed at the workshop. The role of the planning committee was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The statements made are those of the rapporteurs and do not necessarily represent positions of the workshop participants as a whole, the planning committee, or the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. I extend sincere thanks to the members of the planning committee for their contributions in scoping, developing, and carrying out this project. I also thank staff members Layne Scherer and Maria Lund Dahlberg, who supported the execution of this workshop. The workshop was made possible thanks to support from the National Institutes of Health.

This Proceedings of a Workshop was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical com-

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Arielle L. Baker, Program Officer
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Rising awareness of and increased attention to sexual harassment has resulted in momentum to implement sexual harassment prevention efforts in higher education institutions. Work on preventing sexual harassment is an area that has recently garnered a lot of attention, especially around education and programs that go beyond the standard anti-sexual harassment trainings often used to comply with legal requirements.

On April 20-21, 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted the workshop Developing Evaluation Metrics for Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts. The workshop explored approaches and strategies for evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of sexual harassment interventions being implemented at higher education institutions and research and training sites, in order to assist institutions in transforming promising ideas into evidence-based best practices. Workshop participants also addressed methods, metrics, and measures that could be used to evaluate sexual harassment prevention efforts that lead to change in the organizational climate and culture and/or a change in behavior among community members. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussion of the workshop.

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