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Eval11 Session 220: An Evaluation of an Innovative, Collaborative Approach to Interfacing Research Systems with the Mental Health Community

The mission of the Practice Research Network is to build an infrastructure linking investigators at The University of Maryland, Baltimore, Department of Psychiatry with the public mental health system through an innovative approach to nurturing the development of activities that reflect the value of a collaborative and participatory approach to research. There will be an in-depth discussion evaluating the process of partnership development with local mental health authorities (Core Service Agencies), clinics, providers, advocacy organizations, and consumers throughout Maryland. A description of the initial and evolving structure of the network will underscore the importance of involving multiple stakeholders to increase access to studies. Data will be provided to illustrate the number of study referrals generated by the Network. There will be a discussion regarding the modifications that are needed to this approach based on feedback and evaluation received from clients over the past two years, since the network’s inception

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Focus Search - An Evaluation of an Innovative, Collaborative Approach to Interfacing Research Systems with the Mental Health Community Deborah Piez, MS, LPC Dan Nieberding, MS, LCPC Sandra Sundeen, MS, RN CREATING THE PRACTICE RESEARCH NETWORK THE IDEA THE PLAYERS THE FUNDING – NIMH Research Infrastructure Support Project (IP - RISP) # 1R24MH082755 CREATING THE PRACTICE RESEARCH NETWORK STAFFING NUMBER QUALIFICATIONS QUALITIES INITIATION Goal: To develop collaborative relationships with research teams and the mental health communities PROVIDING: ACCESS TO RESEARCH EDUCATION AND INFORMATION RECIPROCITY CREATING A NEW PARADIGM FOR RECRUITMENT OF STUDY PARTICIPANTS Merging PRN innovative services into an existing operational design of study team approach Focusing on local mental health authorities as a gateway to groups of potential participants Integrating advocacy organizations Accomplishments So Far Introductions and partnerships with 24 local mental health authorities and the State mental health authority Collaborations developed with family, consumer, and other advocacy groups plus over 65 providers 11 studies represented by the PRN 587 PRN generated study referrals Behavioral Health Research web site created for Network of Care EVALUATING THE PRACTICE RESEARCH NETWORK Rationale for the evaluation Method selected Populations surveyed: Consumers/Family Members/Advocates Local Mental Health Authorities/Service Providers Investigators/Study Teams SURVEY DESIGN Three versions of the survey created Providers/Mental Health Authorities: 9 items Investigators/Study Teams: 9 items Consumers/Family Members/Advocates: 10 items Convenience Sample Providers/Mental Health Authorities: Survey Monkey Investigators/Study Teams: Survey Monkey Consumers/Family Members/Advocates: Survey Monkey or hard copy SURVEY RESPONDENTS Consumers/Family Members, Advocates: 120 Mental Health Authorities/Providers: 32 Research Investigators/Study Teams: 4 Total Responses: 156 Correlations How much has your organization benefited from the Practice_Research Network?


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Systems Level Evaluation of Communities of Practice Slides and Handouts from SI10

Session Description: In an environment of increasing social participation and transparency, communities of practice are one means to unite a variety of partners to address common issues, share resources, and learn new information. When asked to design an evaluation of this type of complex social initiative, evaluators increasingly turn to system level evaluation. One means to frame a system level evaluation is the use of social and behavioral science theory. Both implicit and explicit use of theory will be covered, including theory of change as an explicit approach that links activities, outcomes, and contexts in a way that maximizes the attribution of interventions to outcomes. This workshop will use lecture, exercises and discussion to improve attendees’ ability to understand the application of a systems level evaluation to communities of practice as well as how to design evaluations of such complex social initiatives

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Focus Search - They are meant to illustrate how theories in the social and behavioral sciences can be used in the creation of a system-level, theory of change driven evaluation


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Eval2015 Session 2790: Reciprocity in Research: Using a Social Justice Framework to Balance Evaluator and Community Needs

Working with vulnerable populations raises questions of reciprocity: as evaluators, we acquire information from communities, but what are we giving back? In this session, the presenter will demonstrate how a community consultation was structured in a way that not only collected data from participants (former political prisoners in Burma), but also trained them on the methods being used to collect their data, allowing them to use these methods with their communities in the future. Topics of this demonstration include how the evaluation team: collaborated with local partners on evaluation design; trained participants on methods they deemed useful; incorporated participatory methods from start (co-creating consent forms) to finish (reporting and use); and, used interactive methods, including story-circles and storyboards, to allow participants to interpret data and document their own recommendations. Throughout the demonstration, the positive and negative implications of adopting such an approach with a vulnerable population will also be discussed. Note: All photos of program participants, which were used during the presentation, were replaced with generic photos prior to being posted here

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Strengths and Limitations of Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation Approaches

Each one will generate a list of strengths and limitations of each approach. They will report back to the group a summary of their insights. The panel of experts will comments on the lists and engage the group in a dialogue or discussion about the insights shared at this session

Strengths & Limitations of Collaborative Participatory and Empowerment Evaluation Approaches.pdf



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Organizational Collaboration and Learning in a Complex Adaptive System: A Principles-Based Developmental Evaluation of the Otto Bremer Foundation's Youth Homelessness Initiative

The entry presents an example of collaboration across systems based on shared principles and an exemplar of a principles-based developmental evaluation

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Focus Search - This allowed the group to see what type of evidence was being collected, to start to discuss where their understandings of the principles converge or diverge, and to better understand the research process


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Eval11 Session 833: Assessing the Effects of a Collaborative Research Funding Scheme: An Approach Combining Meta-Evaluation and Evaluation Synthesis

The Swiss Innovation Agency CTI has administrated its collaborative research funding scheme since the early 1980s

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Focus Search - 1 Assessing the Effects of a Collaborative Research Funding Scheme: An Approach Combining Meta-Evaluation and Evaluation Synthesis Barbara Good, Technopolis Group, barbara.good@technopolis-group.com The Swiss Innovation Agency CTI has administrated its collaborative research funding scheme since the early 1980s


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AEA 14: Session 536. Comparing and Contrasting Alternative Approaches to Addressing Uncertainty from a Systems Perspective

Title: Using Developmental Evaluation to Address Uncertainty from a Systems Perspective Abstract 3: This presentation will discuss how three developmental evaluations addressed issues of uncertainty. The studies took place in different settings: (1) a University-based public/private partnership seeking to transform health professions education and clinical practice nation-wide; (2) six organizations collaborating to address youth homelessness in a major urban center; and (3) a collaboration between a foundation and an urban school district

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Focus Search - Use  appropriate  methods  to   “see”  what  is  happening  at   different  levels  of  the  system   3.  


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Pivot to Peace: A Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Collaborative Evaluation Design

Pivot to Peace is a hospital-based violence intervention program that serves patients ages 18-34 who are treated for gunshot/stab wounds at University of Louisville Hospital. Participants reside in one of nine high violence/crime West Louisville neighborhoods. An emergency room community health worker recruits participants at point of service, and thereafter, PeaceEd (community-based organization) facilitates connections to social services and conflict resolution training. Evaluation design and metrics of success were determined using stakeholder involvement approaches; outcome indicators are assessed by triangulating primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data sources either identified, or created by the collaborative members and evaluators. A quasi-experimental evaluation design is used to compare intervention group outcomes to comparison group outcomes; the comparison group is comprised of residents from a Louisville neighborhood containing comparable levels of crime, and other stress-inducing conditions

Trinidad Jackson 2016 AEA poster.pdf