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What is EMPOWER?

The EMPOWER Program – initially named: "Building Comprehensive Prevention Program Planning and Evaluation Capacity for Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Funded Programs" – was released by CDC in 2005. ND was selected as one of states through a competitive grant process and began receiving funding in 2005 and refunded in 2009.

North Dakota is one of six states participating in the program. Other states include: Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and New Jersey.

What is the purpose of EMPOWER?

The EMPOWER program is a planning, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability capacity building cooperative agreement. CDC works intensively with EMPOWER states within a collaborative learning environment to build individual capacity. Individual capacity includes:

  • Using public health and prevention frameworks;
  • Using the principles of Empowerment Evaluation;
  • Facilitating a State Prevention Team through the steps of GTO IPV/SV;
  • Integrating an intersectional analysis into the planning process.

In addition to individual capacity building, EMPOWER includes a focus on sexual violence prevention system capacity. EMPOWER states helped conceive a system capacity continuum and develop a corresponding measurement tool to assess state sexual violence prevention system capacity. Results of the state assessment will be considered at each step of the planning process culminating in a state plan that includes goals related to increasing prevention system capacity.

What is the history of the EMPOWER Program?

Beginning in 2004, the NDDoH partnered with the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services/Coalition Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota (NDCAWS/CASAND) under the Rape Prevention and Education grant from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control to initiate a planning process to broaden the focus of the current sexual violence prevention efforts. The NDDoH was awarded the Building Evaluation Capacity for Rape Prevention and Education Funded Programs (EMPOWER) grant in September 2005 to build the capacity of the Department to administer the RPE grant to focus on primary prevention of sexual violence. RPE funds are provided to local rape crisis programs to plan and implement sexual violence primary prevention programming.

The NDDoH contracted with NDCAWS/CASAND to manage that project which includes the expansion of the taskforce to form the North Dakota Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence State Prevention Team (SPT). The focus of the group is to develop a comprehensive working primary prevention domestic violence and sexual violence state plan.

What are the goals of the EMPOWER Program?

  • Build capacity at the local and state level to plan effective primary prevention
  • Develop evaluation plan for primary prevention efforts
  • Support and enhance the work of the Rape Prevention and Education Program

North Dakota Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual Violence State Prevention Team
North Carolina EMPOWER Program
CDC Power Point: Lessons Learned from EMPOWER

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