In recognition that controlled research studies are not the only form of evidence to consider in determining program effectiveness, the DV Evidence Project has also identified where emerging and promising evidence exists that specific programs and practices are effectively addressing complex social problems in community settings. The Profile and Practice Profiles included under each Focus Area have been identified by at least one peer as being innovative and noteworthy and have gathered some level of field evidence to examine their effectiveness. What these program evaluations may lack in traditional methodological rigor they more than make up for with ‘ecological validity’, or the extent to which their findings accurately reflect real-world concerns and successes.
Program and Practice Profiles should be viewed as one important piece of information to consider, but their inclusion on the DV Evidence online resource center does not necessarily reflect an endorsement of it by either the NRCDV nor the Family Violence Prevention and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provided funding for this project.
There are many innovative and exciting programs occurring throughout the country. The DV Evidence Project website provides a sample, but not an exhaustive list, of these practices and programs.