EAAA (Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act) Sexual Assault Resistance Education
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A four-unit program to help first-year college women resist acquaintance sexual assault by providing them with information and resistance training.
Initial Training and Technical Assistance
All costs, except where noted, are in Canadian dollars (CAD).
There are two levels of initial training that must be completed before the EAAA program can be implemented. First, Campus/Community trainers must attend the EAAA Train the Trainer workshop offered by SARE (Sexual Assault Resistance Education) Centre. Once trained, the Campus/Community Trainers can recruit and train facilitators on their campus who actually deliver the education program to first-year university students.
The fee for attending the EAAA Train the Trainer workshop is $3,500 CAD or $3,000 USD per participant and includes:
- Licensing for 3 years
- 6 days of in-person training
- 3 (monthly) three-hour webinars
- Technical support for one year
- The EAAA program kit, including the EAAA Campus Trainer Manual, three sets of facilitator manuals (one set for the Campus Trainer, two sets for the Facilitators) and all peripherals needed to deliver the intervention.
Training costs do not include travel or transportation. For EAAA Train the Trainer workshops offered at the University of Windsor, campus accommodation is available at $350 a week. Local hotel accommodation is available at the University rate of $115 a night +18% for room and sales taxes.
Graduates of the train the trainer workshops (Campus/Community Trainers) are qualified to train and supervise EAAA Facilitators who deliver the EAAA program to young women on their campuses or in their communities. It is important to note, however, that Campus/Community Trainers are not qualified to teach the facilitators in the physical self-defense component of the EAAA program; a Wen-Do self-defense basic 15-hr workshop and individualized instruction of facilitators with a certified self-defense instructor must be part of facilitator training. Wen-Do is a women’s self-defense education organization in Canada. Approved alternative empowerment self-defense courses can also be used.
The cost of training facilitators will vary depending on their salaries and the travel costs associated with either sending the facilitators to take a Basic Wen-Do Course (15 hr.) and individualized training (4 hr. for 2-3 facilitators; 7 hr. for 4-10 facilitators) or bringing a certified Wen-Do instructor (or approved alternative self-defense instructor) to your campus. Facilitators must receive 59-62 hours of training (depending on number of facilitators), including 40 hours of EAAA training delivered by the Campus/Community Trainer, and 19-22 hours of Wen-Do (or other approved self-defense instruction). Facilitator training also requires approximately 24-32 hours of preparation and practice per semester for each facilitator (with fewer hours required during the semester they are trained).
Curriculum and Materials
Included in the initial training fee.
Licensing for three years is included in the initial training fee and is renewable at no cost, provided initial implementation conditions are still being met. Universities are required to sign a licensing agreement detailing the conditions they agree to employ when training facilitators and delivering the EAAA program.
Other Start-Up Costs
Other start-up costs include the costs of staff time while attending the train the trainer workshop. For facilitator training and EAAA program delivery, the following additional equipment is needed: a laptop computer, data projector and screen, 2 presentation easels/free standing flip charts, 2 strike pads or 2 folding gym mats (can be purchased online from Amazon or from martial arts equipment suppliers). Books and posters required for EAAA program which need to be purchased from secondary sources.
Intervention Implementation Costs
Ongoing Curriculum and Materials
Ongoing material costs include:
- Snacks and refreshments for participants.
- Printing costs for posters, flyers to distribute around campus and handouts given out during EAAA program delivery.
- Stationery costs: e.g., refills for flipcharts, markers, white board pens, sticky notes for Relationships & Sexuality exercise, etc.
- Costs for creating/compiling resource kits for each participant who takes the EAAA program. Each resource kits includes a report cover/pocket folder, electronic copies of handouts provided in the EAAA program kit, a pen, bookmarks/coasters (from your local sexual assault centers, student health clinics, etc.). Estimated cost should be approximately $8/kit.
- White boards for Acknowledge unit (or identification of other appropriate gift to fit with content). Can be purchased from SARE Centre at cost ($1.80 each, including shipping).
Additional manuals can be purchased from the SARE Centre for an additional fee ($180 per set, including appendices). Additional full program kits (including 2 sets of manuals) are currently estimated to be $750.
Qualifications: Women 18 and over who are employed by or affiliated with a postsecondary institution or nonprofit can participate in the training to become a Campus/Community Trainer. The EAAA program should be delivered by pairs of highly skilled and trained female facilitators who are under 30 years old (so as to be seen as "expert peers"). Graduate students, senior undergraduate students, and young staff members have been trained as facilitators of EAAA. The program also requires time from administrative support staff to produce and comoile participant resource kits, recruit participants, book rooms, arrange food for workshops, etc.
Ratios: Two or three part-time facilitators working a total of 100 - 140 hours per semester can deliver three or four EAAA programs per semester with approximately 20 participants each (60 to 80 total participants per semester).
Time to Deliver Intervention: Intervention is typically delivered in a 12-hour, two-day workshop over a weekend or in 3-hour sessions delivered on four week nights (e.g. four Tuesdays in row).
Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs
Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance
- Access to monthly 2-hour time blocks of group technical assistance (24 hours total annually) is included in the registration fee for attending the EAAA Train the Trainer workshop. Additional technical assistance may be purchased for a fee (negotiated with the SARE Centre depending on local needs).
- EAAA facilitators are required to take a refresher Wen-Do course or similar self-defense training (approved by the SARE Centre) annually to maintain skills and safety.
- Campus Trainers must provide annual refresher training for facilitators even when facilitators are experienced.
- Access to a password-protected part of the website where various resources can be downloaded including videos, PowerPoint slides, training materials, recruitment suggestions, updates to research literature for trainers, etc. Trainers also become part of an online social networking site that is intended to promote a community of practice among EAAA Campus/Community Trainers.
Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation
- Normal supervision of facilitators, if following guidelines provided, will require some level of fidelity monitoring.
- [Optional] review of 25% of sessions selected at random - requires staff to listen to audio recordings and use checklists to check for intervention fidelity. This requires approximately 1.5 times the time of the session in staff time plus pulling reporting together.
Ongoing License Fees
Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs
Other Cost Considerations
Universities/colleges wishing to implement the EAAA program could reduce expenses on training Campus Trainers by partnering with other postsecondary institutions located nearby to host the EAAA Train the Trainer workshop in their communities. They could subsequently lower expenses on EAAA Facilitator training costs by sharing the costs of hosting Wen-Do or other self-defense training locally with their partnering institutions.
Year One Cost Example
The following example is for a postsecondary institution that sends one staff member to be trained as a Campus/Community Trainer who then trains two graduate-level facilitators who deliver 6 EAAA programs serving 120 students in a school year. This example assumes that the Campus Trainer is an existing university staff member (e.g., from student services, health, or Title IX office) who performs the training and supervision as part of her regular duties, so there is no staffing cost included for the Campus/Community Trainer. The SARE Centre recommends that each institution sends at least two women to be trained as Trainers so that the second trainer can serve as a backup. That said, if an institution is only planning to train two facilitators, one trainer is sufficient and more cost effective.
NOTE: Costs are given in Canadian dollars (CAD) and will need to be converted to US dollars for those wishing to implement in the United States.
With 120 students receiving the intervention, the cost per student in the first year would be $314. This cost would be much lower in subsequent years after start-up training is complete.