How do we ensure that the promising practices described above really work — that they actually promote sustainable improvement of a jurisdiction’s sex crime response? One way is to link specific practices to their intended outcomes using a map, and to analyze whether aims can be reconciled with achievements. The conceptual model, which is essentially a graphic representation of the connection between practices and their intended outputs, helps ensure a clear and logical relationship between all elements.
The conceptual models shown on the following pages portray the RSVP Model at the office level. Specifically, they map the practices described above and illustrated their immediate intended outputs. If these are produced, the office should expect to see prompt results that ultimately lead to long-term outcomes. Long-term outcomes form the basis for a series of performance management measures that can be used as indicators for a local policymaker’s or practitioner’s continuous monitoring and assessment of their response to sexual assault. See RSVP Volume II for more on performance management.