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This initiative is the result of a cooperative agreement between NIC and the Center for Gender and Justice (Bloom, Covington, Messina, Owen, Selvaggi)

Gender-Responsive Policy & Practice Assessment (GRPPA)

IMPORTANT: Before "Launching the Assessment" it is important to review the GRPPA Instrument, listed under "Important Pre-Assessment Resources". This will provide detail for elements to be assessed in the scoring process.

Drawn from research and existing gender-responsive assessment instruments, the Gender-Responsive Policy & Practice Assessment (GRPPA) provides a framework for justice programs serving women to collect and review information to determine gender-responsiveness. This instrument incorporates multiple approaches to assess facilities and programs across five domains.

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Domain I. Environment

This section examines the conditions that contribute to a gender-responsive program culture (environment). It includes physical and emotional safety, cleanliness, and discipline procedures that are aligned with trauma-informed and gender-responsive principles.




Domain II. Staffing

This section requires facilities and programs to examine current hiring, training, and management practices within a gender-responsive, trauma-informed framework.




Domain III. Assessment, Classification, and Case Management

This section requires a review of the practices, processes, and instruments used for assessment, classification and case management of women.




Domain IV. Services and Programs

This section reviews the type and variety of services and programs offered to women, the appropriateness of the interventions, and whether or not women are provided with information (i.e., client handbook) about the service options available.




Domain V. Quality Assurance and Evaluation

This section examines the data collection system (including what data points are recorded and analyzed), the quality assurance and auditing practices, and helps determine whether or not evaluation data is used to guide improvements toward gender-responsive, trauma-informed practices for women.