Community Psychology

Stacy Johnson, Jill Lipski Cain and Liz Radel Freeman on Community Mapping

We are Stacy Johnson, Jill Lipski Cain, and Liz Radel Freeman from the Improve Group in Saint Paul, MN. The Improve Group works with organizations to make the most of information, navigate complexity and ensure their investments of time and money lead to meaningful, sustained impact. Last November at Evaluation 2011, we presented on a …

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Sara Plachta Elliott on Sparking Collective Learning

Hi, I’m Sara Plachta Elliott, Evaluation Fellow at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, Michigan, through a grant to Brandeis University’s Center for Youth and Communities. As an Evaluation Fellow, I work with Foundation staff to create learning opportunities that inform the work of improving school and neighborhood conditions for Detroit’s kids.In 2010, Brandeis conducted a …

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Dawn Henderson on Managing Boundaries

Hello, I am Dawn Henderson, a doctoral student in the Psychology in the Public Interest program at North Carolina State University and 2010 – 2011 fellow of the AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI). I am currently working as an evaluator with a community-based organization and wanted to share some tips on managing boundaries. So …

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Loraine Park, Carolyn Verheyen, and Eric Wat on Tips on Asset Mapping

We are a collaborative team from three research and planning firms: Loraine Park (Harder+Company Community Research), Carolyn Verheyen (MIG), and Eric Wat (SSG). As part of a larger community needs assessment, we recently conducted asset mapping in multiple communities. Our aim was to use that process to engage residents and parents in conversations about the …

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Melissa Biel on the Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper

My name is Melissa Biel and I am an independent consultant. I frequently work with hospitals, clinics and community organizations to conduct community health needs assessments. A common component of a community needs assessment is identifying access to primary health care. I have found the Uniform Data System (UDS) and the associated UDS Mapper to …

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