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SANE Sustainability

Last Updated 10/22/2014. Minor link correction on 9/18/2018.

This collaborative project with the International Association of Forensic Nurses and Office on Violence Against Women, provides free training, technical assistance, and consultation to local Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and State/Territory and Tribal SANE Coordinators.

Getting Started

The mobile app (iOS version at iTunes) offers key information about how to grow and sustain healthy SANE Programs. You can also download tools from the app below.

Staffing & Leadership

Key elements for SANE program leadership include: managers that model behaviors expected from the team, opportunities for professional growth, clear performance measures and feedback to support staff development. Explore tools that will help grow a strong team.


Healthy collaboration is a necessity for sustainability. Get ideas to help support your collaborative relationships below.

Assessment and Evaluation

Every program needs to identify measures of success. Because SANE programs are health care programs they should predominantly focus on health care measures. The following tools help answer your basic questions about program evaluation.


Creating a business plan is necessary for starting a SANE service, and is a critical tool for sustaining an existing service. We have gathered the most important tools to help you develop or expand your plan.

Program Expansion

SANE programs might choose to add other patient populations in addition to sexual assault survivors, but should only do so slowly and with intention once the program is stable and sustainable. The tools below can help you assess your readiness.

Download the mobile app for interactive planning tools.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K077 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice (OVW DOJ). The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this course are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OVW DOJ.