Colleges and universities continue to feel pressure to respond to sexual misconduct on campus. This year, many institutions continued to build on their university infrastructure, prevention programs, resources for survivors, and efforts to collect longitudinal data about the issue on campus.
As the end of 2016 draws closer, many campus task forces and working groups are preparing to meet for the final time before the new year. This final meeting provides groups with a valuable opportunity to pull up and assess their work so far this year and plan for upcoming work in the new year.
These are the three items that should be on your institution’s task force final agenda of 2016.
1. Assess year-to-date task force performance on key objectives
Even high-performing teams have room to improve. Take some time at the end of the semester to reflect on the work that’s been done and evaluate how efficient the group has been so far.
Key questions to ask include:
- Are we making progress on our goals?
- Is the structure and membership of our task force effective?
- What were our major accomplishments this semester?
- What gaps remain?
2. Analyze reporting data to strategically target next semester’s educational and awareness efforts
Now is a natural time to pull up on reporting data and strategically target educational and awareness efforts for the remainder of the year. For example, task forces can use existing data to conduct a reporting gap analysis. Similar to a referral gap analysis for behavioral intervention teams, a reporting gap analysis can identify major trends where reports are (and are not) coming from on campus. This information can be used to more accurately target outreach and support critical areas on campus during the spring 2017 semester.
3. Review and refresh your website’s information twice a year
Many institutions do a full audit of their website in the summer months. We recommend doing a truncated review halfway through the year to ensure that all information is current, accurate, and speaks to the current work of your task force and campus partners. Use our existing suite of tools, including a website self-audit, web search guide, and web content inventory, to conduct a mid-year review of your website’s information about campus sexual misconduct.
Related toolkit: 9 tools to improve sexual misconduct reporting
Addressing these three agenda items at your last task force meeting of 2016 will ensure that your institution has a strong start to the new year when responding to sexual misconduct on campus.