Behavioral Health

BH TIG Week: Program Evaluation in Behavioral Health: Limitations of Expert-driven Models and New Directions by Joanna Prout

Hi, my name is Joanna Prout and I am a psychologist and program evaluator in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I help teams integrate behavioral health supports into school and community settings, including through work at the National Center for School Mental Health (www.schoolmentalhealth.org) and …

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BH TIG Week: Making Quality Improvement Accessible and Useful: The Key Role of Data Visualizations by Eryn Collins

Hello! I am Eryn Collins, Research Associate, from Choices Coordinated Care Solutions (https://www.choicesccs.org), a national non-profit organization that uses evidence-informed methods to support individuals in community settings who have significant behavioral, emotional, or substance use challenges. In our organization, we create Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) plans that are team-driven, individualized, and measurable. Our methods for …

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BH TIG Week: Knack: A Tool to Enhance Data Collection and Reporting Efforts by Kristina Little and Sam Robison

Greetings everyone.  We are Kristina Little and Sam Robison from the Louisiana State University Social Research and Evaluation Center (SREC).  In pursuit of our mission to foster healthy social systems, the SREC team undertakes a wide array of activities (e.g., program development, program evaluation, research) requiring data collection and reporting.  Our work largely takes place …

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BH TIG Week: Finding our way toward beneficiary-defined outcomes in behavioral health by Jessica Headley

Hello, I’m Jessica Headley Ternes, current manager at Third Sector Capital Partners and a former internal evaluator for a county behavioral health department. During my time spent working in behavioral health, I spent a lot of time interviewing and listening to clients within the system-of-care share their experiences with services and personal stories of their …

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BH TIG Week: Conducting an Environmental Scan of Collegiate Recovery Programs in Washington State by Jennifer Battis and Kathleen Ferreira

Hello! Our names are Jennifer Battis and Kathleen Ferreira, evaluators and researchers at C4 Innovations. Over the past 6 months, we had the opportunity to collaborate with Washington State University (WSU) to conduct an environmental scan of the State of Washington’s collegiate recovery programs. What is collegiate recovery and why is it important? Collegiate recovery …

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BH TIG Week: Collaboration on a Budget by Elizabeth Oyer

Hello! I am Elizabeth Oyer, President of EvalSolutions, Inc. (www.evalsolutions.com) where I provide consulting services for personalized operations support as well as program evaluation.  I would like to share some lessons I’ve learned about working collaboratively with my clients to manage our shared projects more efficiently, securely, and productively in a virtual space. As an …

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BH TIG Week: Evaluating the emotion behind words by Jonathan Scaccia

Hi!  I’m Jonathan Scaccia, principal of the evaluation firm The Dawn Chorus Group and founder of PubTrawlr. What connects these two strands of work is finding better ways to efficiently and effectively extract meaning from text-based data. There is so much qualitative data out there that is laborious to analyze. Techniques from Natural Language Processing …

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CEA Affiliate Week: When Multidisciplinary Collaboration Leads to Identifying an Access Protective Factor by Christina Iyengar

Hello! I am Dr. Christina Iyengar, from Rush University Medical Center. I am part of an evaluation team that supports a new initiative aimed to reduce health disparity on Chicago’s West Side. The program, Building Early Connections (BEC), seeks to improve systems of care within Rush University Medical Center for the most common social-emotional, behavioral …

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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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