Appendix C: Metrics and Non-Metrics on Sexual Assault   [open pdf - 1MB]

Alternate Title: Appendix C: Metrics and Non-Metrics on Sexual Assault, Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military: Fiscal Year 2019

From the Document: "In 2014 in collaboration with the White House, the Department of Defense (DOD) developed the following metrics and 'non-metrics' to help illustrate and assess DOD's progress in sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR). As part of the development process, DOD examined sexual assault programs throughout the nation to identify potential points of analysis. Unfortunately, DOD could not find widely accepted, population-based metrics to serve as a reference. Therefore, in a collaborative process involving DOD SAPR program experts and researchers, DOD developed the following eleven metrics and six non-metrics. For the purposes of this document, the term 'metric' describes a quantifiable part of a system's function. Inherent in performance metrics is the concept that there may be a positive or negative valence associated with such measurements. In addition, adjustments in inputs to a process may allow an entity to influence a metric in a desired direction. For example, DOD aspires to encourage greater reporting of sexual assault by putting policies and resources in place. Therefore, an increase in the number of sexual assaults reported may indicate that DOD's efforts may be working. DOD uses the term 'non-metric' to describe outputs of the military justice system that should not be 'influenced,' or be considered as having a positive or negative valence in that doing so may be inappropriate or unlawful under military law. Figures A through BB illustrate points of analysis for metrics and non-metrics."

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