Raise It! Evaluation insights and enhancements from the pilot program – Jun 19
Raise it! Conversations about sexual harassment and workplace equality was a pilot project we developed and delivered to support and equip Victorian workers to have safe conversations about sexual harassment and discrimination at work, and access to flexible working arrangements. The pilot was funded by the Victorian Office for Women, a branch of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
The Raise it! pilot aimed to:
- raise awareness of sexual harassment and discrimination pertaining to pregnancy, parental leave and access to flexible working arrangements
- build confidence and competence among participants to have conversations about these issues.
The program was designed specifically in recognition that many workers and managers find it difficult to have conversations about topics like sexual harassment, and requests for pregnancy leave and flexible work. The Commission’s focus on changing behaviour and building confidence to have conversations was based on the well-established evidence that the primary drivers of sexual harassment and violence against women include attitudes and structures that entrench gender inequality, low rates of reporting of discrimination and sexual harassment, and poor responses by organisations.
At the outset of the project, the Commission engaged Social Ventures Australia (SVA) to assist with the development of a theory of change and program logics for the program, and to conduct an external evaluation.
This paper provides an overview of the evidence-base and design of the program. It also summarises the key findings and recommendations of SVA’s external evaluation and sets out the Commission’s additional insights, and program enhancements going forward.
More information about Raise it!
If you would like to speak to one our our staff about implementing Raise It! In your workplace please call us on (03) 9032 3467 or email the Education team.
If you need help
If you have experienced sex discrimination or sexual harassment at work, you may wish to:
- make a complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission or call our Enquiry Line on 1300 292 153
- call 1800 RESPECT for emergency healthcare referral, support or counselling services. 1800 Respect is the national sexual assault (and domestic family violence) counselling service. Available 24 hours on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au
- contact the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL) crisis line on 1800 806 292 or counselling line on 8345 3494
- call the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) Information line on 1800 656 421 (available in more than 40 languages).