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Assessing Readiness for a "Culture of Learning" in Higher Educatoin Institutions

In colleges and universities, organizational context is critical for the use of assessment data in program improvement. This paper examines ways of assessing organizational readiness for the kind of learning-organization environment that features an institution-wide, ongoing, highly valued...

Stevenson AEA 09 paper.doc


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Using Peer Feedback for Assessment Capacity-building

The authors describe a university's system for providing a peer review of learning outcomes assessment reports. Noting several valuable uses for the system and its rubric-structured feedback, the authors go on to provide aggregate data they are using to guide more focused assessment capacity...

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Eval12 Session 212: Veterans and the Criminal Justice System: Evaluating Treatment Options

This paper was presented at AEA 2012, and compared the state-level evaluations in RI and Texas for a national project dealing with jail diversion and trauma recovery with a priority for military veterans. Authors are John Stevenson and Stacey Manser. Paper Abstract: This paper examines how...

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Focus Search - John Stevenson University of Rhode Island


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Session 120 - Insights from Rapid Evaluations: Improving School Programs for Better Results

#asthma #HealthEvaluation #2009Conference #Collaborative,ParticipatoryandEmpowermentEval #Rapid-evaluation #Evaluation2009 #school-based

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Focus Search - Dissemination of findings Rapid evaluation teams CDC Collaboration across CDC Contractors ETR Associates ICF Macro USDA and NIH Local agencies and universities Support provided to programs for rapid evaluations Incentives for participation District-level School-level Participants Establishing an evaluation coordinator position Hired to work with the program Usually chosen by program staff Assists in recruiting, data collection, and data management Hiring local data collection staff Local agency responsibilities Participate in a 12-24 month evaluation Approve all aspects of evaluation study Assist with recruitment of study participants Assist in recruiting local site coordinator Facilitate data collection Approve report and manuscript CDC responsibilities Select evaluation sites Facilitate activities between contractor and school district Provide evaluation technical support Participate in determining evaluation design Prepare reports and manuscripts for dissemination Evaluation contractor responsibilities Design evaluation in collaboration with CDC and local agency Help sites select and contract with local site coordinator Conduct evaluation over 12-24 months Site recruitment Data collection Data analysis Prepare reports and manuscripts for dissemination Evaluations of interventions Michigan: Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum Mississippi: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Distribution Pilot Albuquerque, NM: Asthma management program Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC: Asthma management program Example of an evaluation of an intervention: Exemplary Physical Education Program (MI) Sequential PE curriculum K-12 Based on motor skill development Follows NASPE and Michigan content standards Quasi-experimental design 2 year data collection with baseline and 3 follow-ups 16 Michigan elementary schools statewide 4th and 5th grade students (N = 1464) Exemplary Physical Education Program (MI) findings and impact Findings Positive results relative to comparison group Confidence in motor skills (4th grade) Physical activity knowledge (5th grade) Level of motor skills (4th and 5th grade) Minutes of physical activity (4th grade) Energy exerted during physical activity (4th grade) Impact Program improvements Teacher training improvements Evidence of utility of motor skills training focus Formative Evaluations Rhode Island: Healthy Vending Initiative Pueblo, Colorado: Pricing Initiative Seattle, WA: Safe Schools Project Example of a formative evaluation: Rhode Island Healthy Vending Initiative Multiple component initiatives across all districts Develop comprehensive school wellness policies Offer healthier foods in a la carte and vending machines Healthy breakfast meetings target district superintendents Interviews with 72 district administrators in 31 districts Case studies in 6 school districts (5 high schools and 6 middle schools) representing high and low implementers of initiative Data collection included observations, interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups Rhode Island Healthy Vending Initiative findings Findings Schools with approved nutrition policies in place had more healthy snack items available for sale a la carte and in vending machines than those without such policies An abundance of less healthy food options were still available to students from multiple sources throughout the day A positive and dynamic partnership among the schools, the district, and the food service providers enhanced understanding of the best approach to putting written policies into practice School level involvement of students, parents, and teachers, early in the policy development process increased awareness and acceptance of policies Rhode Island Healthy Vending Initiative impact Impact Better creation and implementation of local wellness policies across Rhode Island Expanded the healthy vending initiative to include multiple stakeholders at the school and district level Provide TA and written materials to USDA for developing and evaluating local wellness policies Lessons learned Widespread public nomination process helpful Many programs are not ready for evaluation Evaluability assessments are critical Several need to be conducted Must include discussions with multiple stakeholders Outside perspectives helpful RWJF process Summaries of nominations and follow-up by phone Expert panels to determine who receives evaluability assessment Lessons learned Local participation is critical Timelines Workload Incentives Local expertise is needed in Identifying local issues Developing measurement instruments Recruitment of districts and schools Broad impact Fostered collaborations across CDC and other agencies Impacted evaluation on a national level Impacted policies and practices on a state level Provided information to the field on program improvement and new directions for programs, initiatives, and policies Improved selected programs, initiatives, and policies Web page developed with rapid evaluation information, success stories, and measures http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/evaluation/rapid/index.htm Value of the Rapid Evaluation Method Leah Robin, Marian Huhman, and Catherine Rasberry American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting Orlando, Florida 11/11/2009 The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Making Connections site profiles

These are short briefs on the Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections initiative in San Antonio, Denver, and Providence. #community #Evaluation2009 #2009Conference #Cluster,Multi-SiteandMulti-LevelEval #Change #comprehensive #Non-ProfitsandFoundationsEvaluation

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Focus Search - Through strong part- nerships with Providence Mayor David Cicilline’s Pathways to Opportunity initiative, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, the Providence Public School District, and others, Casey investments are focused on expanding family economic and early grade success strategies in the Elmwood, South Providence, and the West End initiative neighbor- hoods at scale across the city.     Early investments by the Casey Foundation through Making Connections have strengthened the capacity of a broad range of partners in Providence to achieve results for children and families living in the city’s poorest neighborhoods


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FY05 and FY06 Systems Transformation Grants: Factors that Influence Grantees' Efforts to Change Community Long-Term Support and Service Systems

Powerpoint slides for Systems Transformation Grants presentation; part of Session 631: Multi-paper Session: Adaptation to Local Contexts #Cluster,Multi-SiteandMulti-LevelEval #2009Conference #Evaluation2009

2009 AEA Abel STG Session 11.13.09.ppt



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Conducting and Using Success Stories for Capacity Building from SI10: CDC Success Stories Workbook and Session Handouts

Session Description: In order to build program capacity, a programs “success” must be told at many levels. In addition, impacts of prevention programs may not be able to be demonstrated for several years therefore communicating success during the various life stages of a program is important...

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Evaluation 2009 Conference Program

PDF of the Evaluation 2009 Program, sans covers due to size, as it went to print. #2009Conference #Communications #program #Evaluation2009 #Communications #Conference

aea09.program.final.pdf