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Measuring Bullying Prevention and Intervention

  • Jacob U’Mofe Gordon
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Abstract

Bullying has increasingly become a subject of public concern and academic enterprise. The need for bullying program evaluation has been well documented by researchers as well as practitioners. It is imperative that appropriate evaluation approaches and tools must be designed to measure the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs. Many programs, especially school-based programs, have been developed and implemented in an attempt to reduce bullying and its consequences. Arguably, the first large-scale anti-bullying national program was established in Norway in 1983; and in 1991 the program was evaluated by Olweus in Bergen. The result of the evaluation demonstrated substantial reduction of bullying victimization. However, since then, many other efforts to determine the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs have produced less results. In many instances, program evaluation has been neglected. This chapter attempts to meet the challenge of program monitoring and evaluation. It begins with culturally competent baseline data collection strategies: survey instruments, interviews, focus groups, and relevant public documents from reliable sources. The chapter examines the application of the logic model as an integrative framework for bullying program planning and evaluation. It brings theory to practice and provides needed empirical data for determining “best practices” in bullying prevention and intervention.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob U’Mofe Gordon
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.University of GhanaAccraGhana

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