Participate in Research

We believe that research can and should be an empowering experience for those who participate, and that research can powerfully bring together many people's voices and experiences to create change in our community.

We are grateful to the youth, women and men who have participated in our research in Denver. By participating, they planted seeds that have grown over time, helping us to work together with community partners to be responsive to victims and survivors of trauma and violence. Read more about how you can participate in our research.

Current projects

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Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC): Evaluating the Denver Wraparound Legal Services Project

We are working with our colleagues at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center to evaluate the impact of new wraparound legal services for victims and survivors of crime.

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Statewide Impact of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding Evaluation Project

We are working with our colleagues at the Colorado State Office for Victims Programs (OVP) to evaluate the impact of recent increases in VOCA funding on victim services in Colorado.

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Women's Wellness Project

In this study, we are focusing on the health and well-being of women seeking services at the Rose Andom Center.

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LINC: Evaluating the Denver Wraparound Legal Services Project

As part of our efforts to evaluate the Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC), we are working with Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and other state agencies. Adults who may have recently accessed some portion of new wraparound legal services programs at various state agencies may be invited to complete a survey to support our evaluation.

  • What is the WLSP evaluation?

    Through the Wraparound Legal Services Project (WLSP), we are working with Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and other agencies across Colorado to evaluate LINC, a new approach to provide legal services to crime victims. You may have been invited to answer research questions about your experiences accessing legal services.

  • Why was I asked to take a survey?

    Researchers at the University of Denver’s Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group are working with Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and other agencies across the state to evaluate new programs designed to provide wraparound legal services for crime victims. Adults aged 18 and older who may have accessed some part of the new programs, for themselves, for a loved one, or as part of their jobs, or accessed other victim services may have been asked to participate in a survey.

  • How will my answers be used?

    The researchers do not know how any particular person answered survey questions. That is, your answers are stored anonymously. The researchers will analyze answers to provide feedback to Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center on the wraparound legal services in order to try to provide the best possible services to crime victims. We keep everything you tell us anonymous.

  • Who is conducting this study?

    Anne DePrince, PhD, and the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group are conducting this study through a subcontract from the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. This study will help us understand what is easy or hard about trying to get legal help in Colorado after a crime.

    Your choice to participate or not has no effect on your access to legal services. For more information, please contact us by phone at 303-871-7407, by email at legalstudy@du.edu, or by mail at ATTN: Anne DePrince, Department of Psychology, 2155 S. Race St., Denver, CO 80208.

    If the researchers cannot be reached, or if you would like to talk to someone other than the researcher(s) about (1) questions, concerns or complaints regarding this study; (2) research participant rights; (3) research-related injuries; or (4) other human subjects issues, you can contact Chair of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, at 303-871-4015 or by emailing irbchair@du.edu. You also can contact the Office for Research Compliance by emailing irbadmin@du.edu, calling 303-871-4050 or writing to the University of Denver, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-2121.

  • More information

    For more information from the research team, please contact us:

    • Private email: legalstudy@du.edu
    • Private phone: 303-871-7407

    For more information from Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center on wraparound legal services for crime victims in Colorado, please click here.

Statewide Impact of VOCA Funding Evaluation Project

As part of our efforts to evaluate how state VOCA funding impacts crime victim services, we are working with organizations receiving VOCA funds, both by reviewing grant reports and conducting interviews. If you are the director of a program or agency receiving VOCA funds, you may have been asked to participate in an interview.

  • What is the statewide evaluation project?

    In 2015, Colorado received a significant increase in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. VOCA state funds are administered by the Colorado State Office for Victims Programs (OVP). With increases in and distribution of funds over time, OVP seeks to increase service provision to crime victims, improve organizational capacity to serve victims, and improve service collaboration and coordination.

    Through the Statewide Evaluation Project (SEP), the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, under the direction of Anne DePrince, will evaluate the impact of state VOCA funding on crime victim services using two sources of information. First, the research team will use grant reports to track outcomes associated with fund distribution over time. Second, a randomly selected group of program leaders will be invited to participate in an interview focused on the impact of VOCA funds on your organization. This evaluation is funded by the State of Colorado Office for Victims Programs.

  • Why was I asked to take part in the interview?

    You may have been invited to participate in an interview focused on the impact of these funds on your organization. As researchers at the University of Denver's Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, we are evaluating the impact of VOCA funds on crime victim services in the state, including the impact of funding on agency capacity to serve crime victims. Directors of programs and agencies receiving VOCA funds were randomly selected to be invited to take part in an interview about the impact of funds on your agency.

  • How will my answers be used?

    The researchers will use your responses to the interview questions to assess the impact of VOCA funds on agencies service crime victims. The researchers will analyze answers to provide feedback to Office of Victims Programs, but will not identify individual responses from anyone interviewed.

  • Who is conducting this study?

    Anne DePrince, PhD, is conducting this study. This study will help us understand what impact VOCA funds have on agency capacity to serve crime victims.

    Your choice to participate or not has no effect on your access to VOCA funding or other resources. For more information about the Statewide Evaluation Project, please contact us by phone at 303-871-7407, by email at legalstudy@du.edu, or by mail at ATTN: Anne DePrince, Department of Psychology, 2155 S. Race St., Denver, CO 80208.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your research participation or rights as a participant, you can contact the DU Human Research Protections Program by emailing irbadmin@du.edu or calling 303-871-2121 to speak to someone other than the researchers.

  • More information

    For more information from the research team, please contact us:

    • Private email: legalstudy@du.edu
    • Private phone: 303-871-7407

     

Women's Wellness Project

As part of our efforts to learn more about women's health and well-being, we are conducting interviews with women who are seeking services at the Rose Andom Center, are 18 years of age and older and have experienced at least one incident of intimate partner violence.

  • What does the project involve?

    The project involves two appointments; the first appointment is three hours and the second appointment is one hour. We will ask questions about stressful events, health and well-being.

  • Why was I asked to take part in the project?

    Women who are seeking services at the Rose Andom Center, are 18 years of age or older and have experienced at least one incident of intimate partner violence may have been invited to participate in this study focusing women's health.

  • Will I be paid for my time?

    Yes! You will be paid $75 for the first interview and $30 for the second interview.

  • What support can you provide to help me participate?

    Interviews can be done in person or over the computer. We can pay for your ride to the interview and can offer help with childcare during the interview.

  • How will my answers be used?

    The research team keeps your answers private. Participating in the study is your choice and has no effect on services at the Rose Andom Center or other agencies.

  • Who is conducting this study?

    This study is directed by Anne DePrince, PhD, and is being conducted by the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group. The study has been approved by the University of Denver IRB.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your research participation or rights as a participant, you can contact the DU Human Research Protections Program by emailing irbadmin@du.edu or calling 303-871-2121 to speak to someone other than the researchers.

  • More information

    For more information from the research team, please contact us:

    • Phone: 303-871-4103
    • Text: 720-248-8938
    • Email: healthstudy@du.edu

For more information:

For LINC or VOCA LINC or VOCA Evaluation

Call: 303-871-7407

Email: legalstudy@du.edu

 

For Women's Wellness Project

Call: 303-871-4103

Text: 720-248-8938

Email: healthstudy@du.edu