1.4 The RSVP Model: The Two Facets of Progress

The RSVP Model is divided into two volumes as depicted in Exhibit 1.2, below. Each volume is fully described in the pages to follow. There is also a separate Appendices which houses the tools discussed in both volumes.

Exhibit 1-2: The RSVP Model

Volume I: Prosecution Practices

 Office-Level Leadership: The Prosecutor’s Role to Seek Justice addresses the office-level response to sexual violence. It provides information and tools to assess current practices, establish effective office philosophies and practices, support prosecutors, meaningfully collaborate with allied professionals, promote community engagement, utilize the latest data and technology, and sustain promising practices throughout changes in administration and personnel. A conceptual model links the office-level practices to intended outputs, outcomes, and performance management, and ensures a clear and logical relationship between all elements.

Case-Level Leadership: The Prosecutor’s Duty to Achieve Justice provides promising practices that can be implemented in the litigation of individual sexual violence cases. This section includes specific strategies and tools for prosecutors to employ to achieve positive case outcomes at each stage of the prosecution, beginning with the initial case review all the way through pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-conviction considerations. A conceptual model maps the case-level practices to intended outputs, outcomes, and performance management.

Volume II: Performance Management

Performance Management provides a comprehensive system to track the practices in Volume I of the Model, which will help offices better understand their progress in responding to sexual assault. Performance management “outlines critical objectives (outcomes) associated with prosecution goals and identifies performance measures that may be used to track progress. This framework provides a useful tool for assessing strategies and practices that contribute to desired outcomes.” (Dillingham, Nugent & Whitcomb 2004). The tools contained in Volume II are intended to examine and improve prosecution performance and should be used regularly.