Social Work

SW TIG Week: Doing What We Do in Evaluation and Loving It by Carrie Petrucci

Hello! I’m Carrie Petrucci, MSW, Ph.D. I came to evaluation by doing it before I knew I was doing it. Truth be told, my mixed methods dissertation was indeed an “evaluation”. However, I discovered early on that I didn’t dare call it that because evaluation research was “poo-pooed” at most research universities (at that time, …

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SW TIG Week: Data Interpretation Meets Data-viz by Jennifer R. Lyons

Greetings!  My name is Jennifer Lyons, MSW from Lyons Visualization, LLC.  I am a social worker, data designer, and speaker.  In my independent consulting business, I bring creative energy to making data intriguing and impactful, while helping clients transform the way they communicate their story. Today I want to talk about a method I like …

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SW TIG Week: Sharing Power in Culturally-Responsive Evaluation Practice by Rachel Vinciguerra

Hi all! My name is Rachel Vinciguerra and I am a master’s student of international development and social work at the University of Pittsburgh. This summer I worked on two program evaluations in Haiti: one a mid-point evaluation for a girls’ empowerment program, the other a preliminary design of M&E protocols for an emerging foster …

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SW TIG Week: The Person-In-Environment Perspective: An Ecological Logic Model Clinic Approach by Jennifer Obinna

Hello! My name is Jennifer Obinna and I am Research and Evaluation Director at The Improve Group, a consulting firm in Minnesota. Our evaluation practice strongly supports and encourages evaluation capacity development with our clients. One of the various ways we do so is to facilitate logic model clinics as a way to assist clients …

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SW TIG Week: Community-Based Learning as the Signature Pedagogy for Teaching Social Work Evaluation by Brandon W. Youker

Some thoughts on teaching evaluation to social work students… I’m Brandon W. Youker, social worker, evaluator, and professor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After a dozen plus years in higher ed., I’ve developed a commitment to community-based learning (CBL) as my primary pedagogy for teaching future social workers about program evaluation. I’ve …

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SW TIG Week: How AEA’s Guiding Principles Align with the Social Work Code of Ethics by Nicole Clark

I’m Nicole Clark, licensed social worker and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting, where I partner with community-based groups, local/national organizations, schools and more to design, implement, and evaluate programs and services geared toward women and girls of color. In 2016, I shared on AEA365 why it matters that evaluators know the difference between the types …

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Social Work TIG Week: Mansoor A.F. Kazi and Yeongbin Kim on combining epidemiology and effectiveness research traditions in a realist evaluation utilizing data from management information systems

We are Mansoor A.F. Kazi and Yeongbin Kim (University at Albany), realist evaluators for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Expansion grant at Chautauqua County, New York. We use research methods drawn from both epidemiology and effective research traditions in partnership with human service agencies to investigate what programs …

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Social Work TIG Week: Alice Walters on Appreciating Inquiry: Not everyone does!

I’m Alice Walters, a member of AEA’s Social Work TIG.  I am a doctoral student in human services and work as a non-profit consultant in fund development, marketing, and evaluation.  In my experience, reluctant stakeholders can be a common evaluation challenge.  I present the value of social work insight and appreciative inquiry methods for successfully …

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Social Work TIG Week: Courtney Barnard on Thoughtful Intervention Using the Social Work Assessment Process

My name is Courtney Barnard and I am a social worker, coalition coordinator, and program evaluator for a children’s health care system in Fort Worth, Texas. A key component of social work practice is the assessment process – at the individual, family, community, or systems levels. At the heart of assessment is a respectful curiosity, …

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Social Work TIG Week: Jade Jackson with Lessons and Insights on Becoming an Evaluator

Hello, I’m Jade Jackson.  I am an Evaluation Specialist at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) in Baltimore, MD.  My organization is a national refugee resettlement agency that provides social services to migrants and refugees. I want to share with you some lessons learned from my personal transition to evaluator, as well as tips for …

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