Social Work

Social Work TIG Week: Nicole Clark on Micro, Mezzo, & Macro Social Work: Why They Matter in Evaluation

Hello! I’m Nicole Clark, a New York City-based licensed social worker and independent evaluator, specializing in working with nonprofits and agencies to design, implement, and evaluate programs and services primarily tailored to women and girls of color. One of the common misconceptions of social workers is that we only work with individuals and families, providing …

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Social Work TIG Week: Kick off, Tribute to Kathy Bolland, Developing a New Generation of Social Workers Who are Interested in Evaluation, and a Bit of Advice for Social Workers Who are Interested in Evaluation

Welcome to SWTIG Week on AEA365! I’m Michaele Webb, a PhD student at Syracuse University.  Our TIG would like to kick off the week by remembering our dear friend and Program Chair Kathy Bolland. Kathy passed away last year and left a huge hole in our TIG. Her spunky personality and laughter were greatly missed …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Tamarah Moss on An Integrative Approach for Culturally Competent Evaluation: Moving from Organizational Statements to Practice

Greetings from Washington, DC! My name is Tamarah Moss and I am an Assistant Professor with Howard University School of Social Work and an AEA MSI Fellow with experience in program monitoring and evaluation, as well as teaching graduate practice evaluation courses. When I started to work on this AEA365 blog entry, my thought process began …

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SWTIG Week: Kathy Bolland on Assessment for Program Improvement and Accreditation

Hello! I am Kathy Bolland, and I serve as the assessment coordinator in a school of social work. My educational and experiential background in research and evaluation helped to prepare me for this responsibility. I am a past AEA treasurer, past chair of the Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG), and current co-chair of …

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SWTIG Week: Michaele Webb Cultural Competence and Evaluation

Hi! I’m Michaele Webb and I am a PhD student at Syracuse University. My research interests include rural education and conducting evaluations in rural areas. Hot Tips: Follow the lead of individuals in the program you are evaluating. These individuals are familiar with the everyday life of the program; they have first-hand knowledge of what …

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SWTIG Week: Brandon W. Youker on A couple thoughts on the ethical implications of goal-achievement evaluation

Welcome to my ramblings on evaluation. I’m Brandon W. Youker, social worker, evaluator, and professor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’ve been thinking about the inculcation of many professionals during their graduate studies where they are taught to equate program evaluation with the assessment of goal-achievement. Students learn about goal-setting and …

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SWTIG Week: Javonda Williams on “How will I know when I am better?” Using Single systems designs for evaluating client progress

Hi, my name is Javonda Williams. I am the BSW Program Chair and an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. I have also worked as a clinical social worker for 12 years. My practice experience centers on trauma and resilience in children and adolescents. One “aha” moment came for me …

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SWTIG: Tracy Wharton on Engaging Social Workers: Linking Evaluation to Evidence-Based Practice

I’m Tracy Wharton, Assistant Professor at the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Having been a practitioner, a program coordinator, a program evaluator, and now a faculty member, I am working on bringing relevant connections between practice and evaluation into the classroom. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is the process of …

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SWTIG Week: Kathy Bolland on Evaluation and the Social Service Professions: Transdisciplinary Perspectives and Methods

Hello! I am Kathy Bolland, and like many of you, I have many professional hats. I am an administrator and faculty member in a school of social work, where my research focuses on adolescents living in poverty and on assessment in higher education. I am a past AEA treasurer, past chair of the Teaching of …

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SW TIG Week: Carl Brun on Teaching Evaluation to Social Work/Human Service Students

Greetings!  I am Carl Brun, a social worker turned professor turned evaluator.  I have taught in the social work department at Wright State University in Dayton, OH for 21 years. I teach evaluation in every research methods course I teach, whether it be in a human services course or an undergraduate or graduate social work …

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