Partnership in action: The Sexual Assault Response Teams in Corrections Project—Johnson County, Kansas
The experience of Johnson County, Kansas, provides a useful example of the principles and steps outlined in this guide. The Sexual Assault Response Teams in Corrections Project (SARTCP) was a pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) from 2011 to 2014. The SARTCP supported the Johnson County Department of Corrections (DOC) in working with a technical-assistance provider, the Vera Institute of Justice, to form a partnership with the county’s sexual assault response team. Johnson County is in northeast Kansas, just south of Kansas City in Wyandotte County.
As discussed earlier, the OVC grant required an external evaluation of the project. The evaluation goals were threefold: 1) to evaluate the process, with special attention to Vera’s technical assistance and the development of partnerships; 2) to provide ongoing feedback to Vera and the facilities by identifying what was working and what further efforts or remediation were needed; and 3) to evaluate the effectiveness of the trainings. The focus of evaluation efforts was not to assess the DOC’s overall effectiveness in dealing with this issue, and as such, the guide does not comment on this. (See “Overview of the External Evaluation” for more about related activities.)