Lessons Learned in Creating a College Consortium

Emily R. Clear, Ann L. Coker, Heather M. Bush, Candace J. Brancato, Danielle Davidov

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This paper offers lessons learned in evaluating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (2013) requirement that colleges receiving Title IX funds provide bystander programming to reduce sexual violence. To conduct this evaluation a national college consortium was created [multi college bystander efficacy evaluation (mcBEE)]. Through this consortium 24 public colleges were recruited and their choices regarding bystander programming options were queried. Concurrently, rates of violence perpetration and victimization were measured over 4 years among undergraduate students at each college. Description and details of experiences in recruiting colleges into a college consortium, addressing regulatory compliance, approaches to selecting and launching college-wide surveys to undergraduate students across several large campuses, and strategies to communicate findings and data back to each recruited campus are presented. Suggestions for future consortium building include budgeting sufficient time to recruit colleges, manage regulatory processes, and ensure adequate response rates through short surveys and enticing incentives. In building a national consortium, lessons such as flexibility, networking, and communication contributed to mcBEE’s success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-550
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement U01 CE002668. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a supervisory role in the design and conduct of the study but had no direct role in the collection, management, analysis, or interpretation of the data; the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. Research was supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through grant number UL1TR001998. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Bystander
  • College
  • Consortium
  • Dating violence
  • Evaluation
  • Prevention
  • Sexual violence
  • Violence Against Women Act

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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