Military and Veteran’s

MVE TIG Week: Military Evaluation Methods: Maintaining Rigor when Context Limits Design Choices by Stephen Axelrad and Lara Hilton

Hello! It’s Stephen Axelrad and Lara Hilton, the Co-Chairs of the Military and Veteran Evaluation TIG. We will be sharing experiences evaluating military programs where context can sometime constrain design. This information should be of interest to a broad group of evaluators who assess programs where the setting may dictate or limit the kinds of …

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MVE TIG Week: Emerging Health Topic: Electronic Cigarette use Among Military Personnel by Rhodri Dierst-Davies

Hi, my name is Rhodri Dierst-Davies, an evaluation specialist with Deloitte Consulting LLP working out of our Government & Public Services (GPS) practice. Similar to civilian populations, the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has steadily increased among Active Duty and Reserve personnel over the past decade. While e-cigarettes are now more popular than traditional cigarettes …

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MVE TIG Week: Lessons Learned Working with the Military by Pam Imm and Abraham Wandersman

Greetings from Pam Imm and Abe Wandersman of the Wandersman Center in South Carolina. We’ve been fortunate to be team members evaluating programs across a variety of settings.  In addition, as educators and writers in empowerment evaluation, there have been plenty opportunities to share information about various components of evaluation (e.g., process evaluation, data-informed decision …

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MVE TIG Week: Evaluation Capacity Building in Military Health Evaluation and Beyond by Lara Hilton

My name is Lara Hilton. I am a behavioral scientist conducting program evaluation in military health settings. In today’s post, I’ll share how I build evaluation capacity for clients in my military health practice so they might conduct continuous program improvement once we complete the formal evaluation. This information translates outside military context and will …

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MVE TIG Week: Being at the “tip of the spear” of important social issues: Why evaluators should pay attention to the military in understanding and contributing to positive social change? By Stephen Axelrad

Hello, my name is Stephen Axelrad. I am the founder and chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation (MVE) Topical Interest Group (TIG).  I am excited to kick off MVE TIG Week on AEA365.  I founded this TIG to raise awareness and promote greater use of AEA guiding principles and evaluation theory and methods in …

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MVE TIG Week: Military and Veterans Topical Interest Group Sponsored Sessions at AEA 2019 by Rhodri Dierst-Davies

Hi, my name is Rhodri Dierst-Davies, an evaluation specialist with Deloitte Consulting LLP working out of our Government & Public Services (GPS) practice. I am also the Program Chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation (MVE) Topical Interest Group (TIG). This TIG was founded to raise awareness and promote greater use of AEA guiding principles …

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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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