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Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit

Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit

Joie D. Acosta
Rajeev Ramchand
Amariah Becker
Alexandria Felton
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 52
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    Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit
    Book Description:

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury asked RAND to draw from the scientific literature and create a toolkit to guide future evaluations of suicide prevention programs. This report is a companion to the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit and provides additional background on its development and testing.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8520-7
    Subjects: Psychology, Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures and Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-xii)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    Stress on U.S. forces generated by multiple deployments to war zones has increased as a result of recent and ongoing combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Suicide rates have also increased across all services, with the Army and Marine Corps showing the greatest rise since 2001 (Ramchand et al., 2011). In 2008, the suicide rate across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was higher than it was between 2001 and 2005 (see Figure 1.1). Data from the 2008 DoD Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel indicate that almost 6 percent of active-duty military personnel have attempted suicide,...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Development of the Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit
    (pp. 5-16)

    To develop an initial draft of the toolkit, we conducted a systematic literature review of prior studies of SPPs and reviewed other evaluation toolkits. We used the review of other evaluation toolkits to develop an overall framework for our toolkit and to determine how best to integrate the literature review findings. In this chapter, we describe each step in detail.

    First, we identified relevant sources through web-based searches of peer-reviewed literature in content-relevant databases. These sources underwent successive rounds of screening, including a title and abstract review, followed by a full-text review, to exclude irrelevant and unsuitable articles. We focused...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Review and Feedback on the Toolkit by DoD Suicide Prevention Program Staff
    (pp. 17-22)

    Once an initial draft of the toolkit was developed, we shared the draft with 12 program staff responsible for implementing SPPs in the Air Force, Marine Corps, and National Guard and solicited their feedback. This chapter describes the process used to engage the program staff and elicit feedback and summarizes the feedback we received. This chapter ends by describing revisions made to the toolkit as a result of feedback from program staff.

    RAND researchers attended a meeting of the Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC), which oversees DoD suicide prevention efforts, to present on the toolkit and ask for...

  11. CHAPTER FOUR Recommendations for Disseminating the Toolkit
    (pp. 23-24)

    A copy of the final toolkit is available as a companion document to this report and can be found athttp://www. toolkit includes worksheets, templates, checklists, and other tools to engage program staff. The RAND researchers responsible for developing the toolkit put together several additional recommendations for DCoE and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office to consider as plans are developed for disseminating the toolkit.

    As we developed the toolkit, we sought to ensure that it was user-friendly and useful to those who would be encouraged to implement it. We received valuable feedback from a group of program staff...

  12. APPENDIX Feedback Form Used in the Pilot Test of the RAND Evaluation Toolkit for Suicide Prevention Programs
    (pp. 25-34)
  13. References
    (pp. 35-36)