In July, we kicked off work with our colleagues at the Colorado State Office for Victims Programs (OVP) to evaluate the impact of recent increases in VOCA funding on victim services in Colorado.
Colorado, along with other states, received a significant increase in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds in 2015. OVP, which administers VOCA funds in Colorado, hopes that the increase will lead to increases in service provision to crime victims as well as improve organizational capacity and service collaboration/coordination.
Through the Statewide Evaluation Project (SEP), our team is evaluating the impact of state VOCA funding on crime victim services using two sources of information. First, we are using grant reports to track outcomes associated with fund distribution over time. Second, we are inviting a randomly selected group of program leaders to participate in an interview focused to share their perspectives over time on the impact of VOCA funds on their organizations.
You can learn more about the Statewide Evaluation Project here.