Research & Evaluation

Violence is a learned behaviour and the factors that influence individuals to make violent choices are complex and multi-dimensional.

To prevent social violence we need to address violence supportive attitudes and norms and to challenge antisocial behaviour. This requires targeted and collaborative interventions at the individual, family and community level.

Meaningful social change will take time. Through evidence-based strategies and a system-levels approach we can prevent violence in the community. Unfortunately, social violence is an under-researched area1. This hinders our ability to access robust data on both the scale of the problem and to measure the impact that our work has on social violence attitudes and behaviours.


To address the lack of evidence and research in this area, Step Back Think produces fact sheets and other resources on social violence. We have worked with a range of academics, universities and research centres to contribute to the evidence-base on social violence. We are always seeking opportunities to collaborate, please contact for further information.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation is a cornerstone of a public health approach and is an essential mechanism for determining effectiveness and impact. The focus of our monitoring and evaluation efforts is on rigorous process evaluation, to ensure that we are delivering evidence-based and effective programs.

We know that the kind of social change we want to achieve will take time, longer than the two years of our strategic plan. We’re realistic about what outcomes we can observe and measure over the course of our plan.

That’s why we’ve created our program logic models to show the underlying rationale behind our work and articulate how our activities will lead to change over time. You can view our logic models and read more about our evaluation approach in our Monitoring and Evaluation Framework 2015-2017.


1 Fuller, G. (2015). The serious impact and consequences of physical assault. Trends and issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (496), 1.