Social Work

SW TIG Week: Carolyn Sullins and Ladel Lewis on Cultural Competence in the Evaluation of Community Programs

Hello! We are Carolyn Sullins and Ladel Lewis of Meaningful Evidence, LLC and we have years of experience evaluating children’s mental health systems of care.  These evaluations were challenging because attention to local communities’ cultures was crucial – but so was adherence to a national battery of questionnaires and to local regulations.  The community vs. …

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SW TIG Week: Kathy Bolland on Ethics in Evaluation and in Social Professions

Hello!  I am Kathy Bolland, like many of you, a wearer of many hats.  I am an administrator and faculty member in a school of social work, where my research focuses on impoverished youth at risk and on assessment in higher education.  I also evaluate educational projects and social programs.  I am a past AEA …

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SW TIG Week: Alicia McCoy on How to Engage Social Workers in Evaluation

Hello, my name is Alicia McCoy and I am the Research and Evaluation Manager at Family Life in Melbourne, Australia.  Family Life is a nonprofit community organization that supports families, children and young people.  A big part of my job is ensuring our practitioners (both social workers and other human service professionals) value and participate …

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SW TIG Week: Karen Anderson on How to Promote Evaluation at Meetings That are Not Evaluation Focused

Hi there, my name is Karen Anderson and I’m the Continuous Quality Improvement and Evaluation Coordinator at Families First in Atlanta, Georgia. In my spare time, I enjoy working with community groups and organizations that do not have evaluation capacity. It’s always a wonderful learning experience for me, as well as for the group or …

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SW TIG Week: Katrina Brewsaugh on Why You Want a Social Worker on Your Evaluation Team

I’m Katrina Brewsaugh, Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  As part of Social Work TIG week on aea365, I’d like to tell you why social workers are an asset to an evaluation team.  Evaluation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of social work, but the training …

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Denece Dodson and Lyn Paleo on “Adhesive Formats” as an Alternative to Evaluation Post-tests

Hi! Denece Dodson and Lyn Paleo are evaluators at First 5 Contra Costa California, a public foundation that funds programs serving young children. Many evaluators wrestle with ways to encourage clients of health and social programs to complete evaluation forms—especially those who are uncomfortable with or hostile toward pre- or post-tests.  An innovative way to …

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Sudharshan Seshadri on Resources for Program Evaluation

Hello! My name is Sudharshan Seshadri and I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Professional Studies specializing in Humanitarian Services Administration. I started to realize that “data” is being considered as a most promising feature to understand the activity of evaluation. To abstract the data needs, I believe as an evaluator, we should be …

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