Military and Veteran’s

MVE TIG Week: Developing Indicators for Successful Veteran Transitions by Pat Clifford

Hello. I’m Pat Clifford of Clifford Consulting and the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance. The Tristate Veterans Community Alliance (TVCA) has been working with partners to develop a way to track veteran progress toward their successful transition. It has been challenging to identify relevant indicators that are both applicable across sectors (e.g., employment, education, health) and …

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MVE TIG Week: Conducting Needs Assessments in Military Settings by Julianne Rush-Manchester

Hello, I’m Julianne Rush-Manchester of the Military and Veterans TIG. I’m a career, nearly 20-year, evaluator whose been working in the Department of Defense space since 2015. My work has been interdisciplinary (education, criminal justice, prevention, health, public health); yet, across those areas, I’ve learned a few important lessons for conducting needs assessments that can …

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MVE TIG Week: Creating A Reliable Assessment in Veteran Affairs (VA) by Erika Steele

I’m Erika Steele, a Health Professions Education Evaluation Research Fellow at the Veteran Affairs (VA) National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS).  For the past few years I have been collaborating with Research Associates at the Center for Program Design and Evaluation at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (CDPE) to evaluate the …

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MVE TIG Week: Engaging Military Stakeholders in Military Evaluations by Stephen Axelrad

Hello, I am Stephen Axelrad the chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation (MVE) Topical Interest Group. One of the reasons why I wanted to start this TIG was to help evaluators navigate the complex web of stakeholders in the military community. Many evaluators have little to no experience in the military and its formal structure. …

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MVE TIG Week: Collaborative Evaluations in Military Contexts by Julianne Rush-Manchester

Collaborative evaluation principles have been used to bolster projects and gain representative stakeholder input. I’m Julianne Rush-Manchester of the Military and Veterans TIG. I’m an implementation science and evaluation professional working in the Department of Defense. I’ve learned some tips for facilitating stakeholder input in clinical settings that may be more hierarchical (rather than collaborative) …

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MVE TIG Week: Using Case Studies to Improve Care for Veterans and the Nation by Annette L Gardner

I am Annette L Gardner and I am a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco. Developing information-rich case studies can be one of the most rewarding evaluation methods.  Not only do they speak to stakeholders on a deep level but as described below they can create a legacy that endures and has …

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MVE TIG Week: Stephen Axelrad on Defining Evaluation in the Military

Hello, I’m Stephen Axelrad. As the chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation (MVE) Topical Interest Group, one of the reasons why I wanted to start this TIG was to broaden the military’s understanding of what program evaluation is and broaden program evaluator’s understandings of what the military community is. While there are pockets of …

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MVE TIG Week: Stanley Capela on Tips for Evaluating Military Programs

My name is Stanley Capela. I am the VP for Quality Management for HeartShare Human Services of New York. In addition, I am a military peer reviewer for a nation accreditation organization where I have had the opportunity for participating on reviews for military family readiness programs as well as after school programs on military …

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MVE TIG Week: Pat Clifford on Context and Complexity in Military and Veteran Evaluation

I’m Pat Clifford, a consultant working with the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance and Program Chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation (MVE) TIG. A prominent issue for our collaborative and many other veteran support organizations is the successful transition from military to civilian life. When approaching this task, it’s important for evaluators to recognize some …

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MVE TIG Week: Nathan Graeser on Using Initiative Grants to Improve Veteran Transitions

I’m Nathan Graeser with the Center of Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California. Over the last three years, we have lead a collective impact movement dedicated to address reintegration challenges faced by our veterans, service members and their families. As the director/facilitator of the Los Angeles …

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