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Evidence and Efficacy of Stewards of Children Prevention Training
Proving that any program has prevented child sexual abuse is difficult due to the complexity, inherent secrecy, significant underreporting, and difficulty in accurate data collection. Child sexual abuse prevention and intervention programs have typically evaluated efficacy by measuring increases in participants’ knowledge, alterations in attitudes and changes in child protective behaviors.
Darkness to Light’s 2004 Stewards of Children curriculum was evaluated multiple times and consistently met these criteria. It underwent four quasi-experimental studies, and a fifth 3-year study using full experimental design. The Stewards of Children curriculum has been shown to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change participant’s behavior over the long-term. Click here for an example of the Impact of Stewards.
The 2013 version of the Stewards of Children program uses evidence-informed curriculum following a similar format to the first. Prior to release, qualitative research was conducted in the form of five prerelease focus groups, each with eight participants. These participants represented a diverse variety of youth serving organizations, educational institutions, professionals, and parents. Response was overwhelmingly positive, and suggestions were utilized to shape the final product.