Evaluation of the SAGE Inc.
The SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) Project, Inc., is one of only a handful of organizations across the country that offer a comprehensive array of services to girls and young women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has recognized the importance of the SAGE Project in addressing CSE and determined that two programs offered by SAGE (LIFESKILLS and GRACE) are good candidates for evaluation.
The overall purpose of this evaluation was to increase the knowledge base concerning the circumstances that lead girls and young women to become victims of CSE and the effects of the intervention model. The formative evaluation of LIFESKILLS and GRACE was an important first step in determining the needs of sexually exploited children and recovering prostitutes; how these needs can best be addressed; and how the SAGE programs can be replicated. I
n addition, the evaluation provides valuable evidence concerning the effectiveness of both programs, and, importantly, will generate useful information on variables and approaches for future research. Finally, the evaluation provides policymakers with insight regarding an alternative justice system response to prostitution while program staff will be offered information regarding the ability of the program to help participants exit the commercial sex industry.
DSG RESEARCH TEAM
- Principal Investigator Stephen Gies, Ph.D.
- Final Report on the Evaluation of the SAGE Project’s Lifeskills and Grace Programs