Evaluate this!

So as we’ve discussed, April has come and gone with many exciting awareness activities to prove it. Now that we are well on our way to Mid-May, brains at NSVRC are turning over the next campaign. Before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to make sure that as we move forward we take time to reflect, listen and learn about the past campaign.

This process is more officially called evaluation. Yes, it’s about measuring, evidence, and the brass tacks that can be difficult to get excited over. But it’s also about exciting things like hearing opinions, perspectives and ideas that enable us to draw lessons from past work to innovate for the future. Now that is exciting!

So what does evaluation looks like? Believe it or not, it’s a rectangular or round piece of glass that reflects light. No wait, that’s the definition of a mirror. But follow me; the process of evaluation is all about reflection. The NSVRC role is to get in front of the mirror and take a look at SAAM, ourselves and what may or may not be flattered by the artificial lighting. And you, as readers, friends and participants in this movement to end sexual violence, must use this mirror to see yourselves. That’s right, because we need you and your insights in order to learn from and develop the SAAM campaign.

It goes without saying that we already ask a lot of you. All April long we asked you to show up in your community and online to represent the power we all have to end sexual violence. We ask you to be an advocate for healthy sexuality, an active bystander, a year-round agent of change who shares these messages with others too. We ask you to wear teal and participate in sexual violence prevention. We even ask you to read and comment [hint, hint!] on our blog posts. This is why you are awesome.

Now we are asking you to rev up that voice once more and get vocal with us. Please take the time to participate in the SAAM survey, and use your voice to help this campaign and movement grow.  (Bonus: you could win a SAAM prize pack! Survey closes May 31.)

We are asking you to be honest, opinionated and straight-forward. SAAM doesn’t want to go all April long with a spinach-filled smile in an effort to preserve feelings. We truly would like to know what worked, what didn’t and how we can further support you, your campus, center or community. In the long run it will be well worth the growing pains.

Your time, involvement and feedback are deeply appreciated! Thank you!

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