DELTA PREP Initiative Results Published
From 2007 to 2012, the DELTA PREP project worked to prepare 19 state domestic violence coalitions to address the primary prevention of intimate partner violence. MCADSV was one of the 19 state coalitions selected for funding and technical assistance through the project.
While initial funding of the project has expired, lessons learned have recently been summarized in a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: “Integrating Prevention Strategies Into Organizations That Address Intimate Partner Violence.”
Of the 19 coalitions, 18 expanded their organizational capacity to address primary prevention, and 17 served as catalysts for improving upon primary prevention activities in their states. Follow-up interviews with DELTA PREP grantees revealed that all participating states had built upon their previous efforts to sustainably address primary prevention.
Building organizational capacity can be time-intensive and require buy-in from all staff. In a follow-up interview with DELTA PREP project officers, MCADSV staff has this to report, “The whole point of this was to do a cultural change in the organization. We didn’t know how to do that without involving the organization. So, there was no way we could have done an action plan and tell everyone this is what you were doing.”
Not only did MCADSV work to incorporate primary prevention into our own organization, but the Coalition built upon lessons learned from the DELTA PREP project to complete a prevention capacity development project with 10 member programs. All 10 participating agencies obtained board commitment and developed action plans for prevention, with several securing funding for local prevention programming as a result of participating in the prevention capacity development project.
The DELTA PREP project has worked at the national level with other organizations, as well as work with state domestic violence coalitions that were not part of DELTA PREP, to create dialogue and share resources to promote primary prevention activities. Here in Missouri, MCADSV remains committed to the primary prevention of violence by providing member programs with ongoing training and technical assistance, as well as assisting programs in building the community and organizational capacity to implement the Middle School Community Mobilization Program.
The program was initially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with assistance from the CDC Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.