Documenting the impact OVW grants make on women, their families, and their communities.

The Muskie School of Public Service combines graduate programs in public policy and management, health policy and management, and community planning with the capabilities of its three nationally recognized research institutes that concentrate on children, youth, and families; disability and aging; justice policy; and population health and health policy. This past year, the Muskie School worked in every state in the nation on projects worth almost $30 million, including VAWA MEI, which helps OVW measure the effectiveness of the VAWA grant-funded programs that it administers.

The VAWA MEI project is staffed by 15 full-time and part-time research assistants, analysts, and associates, many of whom have significant frontline experience in providing services to or developing public policy for victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The project is housed in the Justice Policy Program at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, Univeristy of Southern Maine in Portland, ME.

Barbara Hart reviews the latest edition of OVW's Biennial Report to Congress, examining the effectiveness of discretionary grant programs and STOP and SASP formula grant programs. VAWA MEI drafts, edits, and helps finalize these reports, which also include literature reviews of new, evidence-based research that provides an important context for grantee data.

This year, VAWA MEI will conduct approximately 80 live online webinars to train OVW grantees on how to complete their six-month reporting forms. VAWA MEI’s Danielle Layton (left) and Maureen Baker (right) going over training materials before a webinar.


VAWA MEI works to customize Access databases which OVW grantees use to collect data they will enter into their six-month reporting forms. The databases are examples of tools VAWA MEI develops to support the work of OVW grantees.


Who we are...

VAWA MEI helps the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice document and measure the work of thousands of OVW grantees nationwide that address violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Since 2001, VAWA MEI has worked with OVW to develop and implement a state-of-the-art, multi-method approach to measuring the effectiveness of the work funded by OVW. By refining protocols and introducing automated processes, VAWA MEI has continuously improved the quality and efficiency of its data collection, cleaning, and analysis – keeping pace with 6 programs in 2003 to over 4,600 grantees reporting and 22 programs today. More...

What we do...

VAWA MEI helps OVW track work being done by thousands of OVW grantees nationwide who develop innovative strategies to address violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. More...

Who we help...

The work done by VAWA MEI informs and guides not only grantees in their planning and management, but also OVW and other policy and decision-makers in their efforts to address issues of violence against women.

For more information contact:
Tel: (800) 922-VAWA (8292)
Fax: (207) 228-8460
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300, 34 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104-9300

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The submission date for the January to June Reporting Period is July 30th.

The submission date for the July to December Reporting Period is January 30th.

New and noteworthy

New FAQ resource!

Are you working on your semi-annual progress report for your VAWA grant program and running into questions? You are not alone! This is the reporting time of year, and whatever questions are cropping up for you might also be cropping up for other grantees who are in the same boat. So VAWA MEI has compiled the most frequently asked questions to help you get quick answers. The FAQ is available for download HERE.

*Updates from OVW*

Rural Program grantees, the NEW and improved progress reporting form is ready for you and we will be training on the new form on December 18, 2017 and January 3, 2018. Click here to read the update from OVW and see the new form and instructions!

Tell us about your VAWA 2013 accomplishments! Click here for a training on documenting the impact of VAWA 2013.

Training opportunities

Learn how to fill out the reporting form for your grants. Visit our Training Calendar by clicking HERE.

VAWA MEI and OVW teamed up to bring you a new training webinar about how to write compelling narrative in your semi-annual progress reports, how the data from your progress reports gets used and by who, and most importantly, the difference it makes.

Watch the webinar HERE and download the slides and fact sheet

     Page updated on 01/25/2018
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