Behavioral Health

Stacy Carruth on using Wordle to Understand Substance Abuse

My name is Stacy Carruth and I am a Community Health Specialist at a Regional Center for Healthy Communities in Massachusetts.  Much of the work we do is supporting community coalitions working on substance abuse prevention.  Two communities we work with are funded to reduce fatal and non-fatal opiate overdose, an issue of concern in …

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Michael Schooley & Monica Oliver on Distinguishing Evaluation, Research, & Surveillance

We are Michael Schooley, chief of the Applied Research and Evaluation branch in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC, and Monica Oliver, an evaluator in the branch. As public health evaluators, we often encounter the question of when a particular endeavor is ‘evaluation,’ when it is ‘research,’ and when it might …

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Jim Burdine on How to Present Community Assessment Data Back to a Community

I’m Jim Burdine and a few weeks ago I posted a “tip-a-day” (see post here) on presenting community health assessment data back to the community. This is part two of that discussion. Last time I focused on “what to present” this posting focuses on “how to present . . . with results.” There are two …

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Cheri Hoffman on Youth-Led Evaluation

I’m Cheri Hoffman, a program evaluator with Centerstone Research Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, evaluating two System of Care grants for children’s mental health. The values of a System of Care demand that the entire process, including the evaluation, be youth-guided. We recently trained selected members of the program’s youth council in research and program evaluation …

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Jim Burdine on Presenting Community Assessment Data to its Community – What to Present

I’m Jim Burdine, Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice and Co-PI/Director of a Prevention Research Center at the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M. Over the last 30 years I’ve used community health status assessment as both a community organizing tool and intervention planning tool. In more than 200 different communities (including multiple iterations …

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Susan Kistler on the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute Materials

My name is Susan Kistler. I am AEA’s Executive Director and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. If you didn’t have the opportunity to join your colleagues at the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute this past month, you missed some great sessions  – the agenda may be found online. Hot Tip: Over 80% of the presenters …

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Lija Greenseid on Using a Readability Calculator

My name is Lija Greenseid. I am a Senior Evaluator, with Professional Data Analysts, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. We conduct evaluations of stop-smoking programs. Smokers generally have lower education and literacy levels than the general population. Therefore, we want to make sure the materials we develop are understandable to smokers. Rad Resource: Use a “readability …

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Elizabeth Harris on A Measure of Youth Resiliency

Greetings colleagues!  I am Elizabeth Harris, Ph.D., Vice President of Evaluation, Management and Training Associates, Inc. (EMT).  The focus of this blog is a free resource for measuring youth resiliency that we developed out of necessity.  For over 25 years, we have focused our evaluation, technical assistance, and training work on the prevention of substance …

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David McDonald on assessing service user satisfaction

My name is David McDonald and I am the Director of a small Australia-based consultancy Social Research & Evaluation Pty Ltd, and a part-time academic at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, in Canberra, ACT, Australia. My consultancy work is largely policy analysis and policy & program evaluation in …

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Olmos-Gallo, DeRoche, and McKinney on Increasing Stakeholder Sophistication

We are P. Antonio Olmos-Gallo, Kathryn K. DeRoche, and C.J. McKinney.  We work at the Mental Health Center of Denver, a non-profit community mental health center which has become the de-facto mental health authority for the City and County of Denver. On any given day we provide services to about 4000 adults and 1000 youth. …

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