Created by Dr. Jeff Coben and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the instrument can be used for a variety of purposes. First, the measures can serve as useful benchmarks or objectives for program achievement. Second, the assessment of an individual site's performance can be conducted repeatedly over time to determine progress in program implementation. Ideally, sites should perform a baseline assessment prior to implementing a new program and re-assess their status with annual assessments. Third, the instrument can be used by researchers and program administrators to compare and contrast different programs across different sites. Finally, if linked to appropriate outcome measures, the instrument could be used to help determine which program features are most important in creating positive long-term outcomes for IPV victims.
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