Populating a Focus Group by Beverly Peters

Greetings! I am Beverly Peters, assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the third article in a 6-part series on Using Focus Groups for Monitoring and Evaluation. The second article discussed planning the focus group. This article will go more in depth into a very important part of focus group planning: populating …

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The difference between “Magic” (I mean, Logic) Models and Theories of Change by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, hi! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor to this blog. I feel so lucky as I’m in the middle of a new assignment as facilitator to develop Theories of Change (ToCs): my first long ToC assignment was in 2017 for UNICEF Indonesia. And now I am working with the …

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BH TIG Week: Branding of evidence-based practices: What’s in a name? by Curt Mearns

Greetings, I’m Curt Mearns, a long-time evaluator who started my own community-based program evaluation organization a few years ago in a historically impoverished community.  This week’s topic of evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs) led me to consider the challenges I have seen over the years related to branding and implementation of EBPs.   Lesson Learned: …

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BH TIG Week: Learning from Learning Collaboratives: Part II Sustainability by Amy Herschell

Hello! I am Amy Herschell, PhD, Senior Director of Research Strategy and Outcomes Management for Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, UPMC Insurance Services (Community Care). In Part I of this series submitted by Shari Hutchison, MS, PMP, we talked about supporting implementation of best practice through the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative Model. …

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BH TIG Week: Learning from Learning Collaboratives: Part I Implementation by Shari Hutchison

Hello! I am Shari Hutchison, MS, PMP, Project Director at Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, UPMC Insurance Services (Community Care). Many organizations struggle to maintain evidence-based and best practices after training because the skills learned during training are not reinforced, there is staff turnover, or trainees go back to old ways that are more familiar. At …

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BH TIG Week: When Promising and Best Practices are All We Have: Child Abuse Prevention in Schools by Marian Bussey

Hello, I’m Marian Bussey, LCSW, PhD., Associate Professor Emerita in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, and a mostly-retired evaluator for a small foundation that supports school-based child sexual abuse prevention. Technically, my title is Academic Consultant, and each of the three agencies we’ve funded over the past several years does its …

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BH TIG Week: Some Reflections on Requirements for the Use of Evidence-based Practices by David Shern

Greetings. I’m David Shern, the Senior Public Health Advisor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and Chair of the science committee for the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP). Last year, CTIPP tracked the inclusion of trauma informed practices in the opioid bill passed by Congress that included reference …

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BH TIG Week: To Publish or Not to Publish… by Elizabeth Oyer

My name is Dr. Elizabeth Oyer, and I am Vice President of Applied Research and Evaluation at Choices Coordinated Care Solutions. I am also the Program Chair for AEA’s Behavior Health Topical Interest Group, the sponsor of this week’s AEA 365 blog postings. Our focus this week is on evidence-based programs or practices (EBPs), advantages …

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Welcoming Elizabeth DiLuzio to the AEA365 team! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello AEA365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Today I’d like to welcome Elizabeth DiLuzio to our team of volunteer curators! Elizabeth lives in New York City, and is currently the Manager of Evaluation and Strategy for Good Shepherd Services, but she’s also an independent evaluation consultant so she has …

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