Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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Evaluations are critical for assessing the impact of U.S. Department of Defense DoD investments in suicide prevention and can be used as the basis for decisions about whether to sustain or scale up existing efforts. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury asked the RAND Corporation to draw from the scientific literature and create a toolkit to guide future evaluations of DoD-sponsored suicide prevention programs SPPs. The overall goal of the toolkit is to help those responsible for SPPs determine whether their programs produce beneficial effects and, ultimately, to guide the responsible allocation of scarce resources. This report summarizes the three complementary methods used to develop the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit it is meant to serve as a companion to the toolkit itself and to provide additional background for those who are interested in learning about the toolkits development.