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Practice to Research: Shifting the Paradigm to Partner with Local Universities and Research Institutions

Eval 2016 Session: Human Service personnel are often focused on the necessity of attending to funder and regulatory requirements and the immediate need of serving their clients. These daily rigors allow little time for reflection or staying cognizant of the relevant academic literature and research practices. This session will describe the unique opportunity for non-profit social service agencies to leverage relationships with public and private research entities to infuse research into their practice and also of equal benefit how agencies are able to use their practice to guide research

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Eval12 Session 742: Applying the 'Golden Spike' to the Research-Practice Gap

Rethinking Evaluation’s Response to Evidence-Based Programs and the Research-Practice Gap. There is a continued need to find mechanisms that enable a better connection between knowledge generation and application. The “golden spike” approach (Urban & Trochim, AJE 2009) is a method that builds on theory-driven evaluation and logic modeling to help link program theory and evaluation measures to a research-derived evidence base

Eval12Session 742 - Applying the Golden Spike to the Research-Practice Gap.pdf


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Eval10 Session 691: Using Norm-based Appeals to Increase Response-Rate in Evaluation Research: A Field Experiment

A field experiment was conducted to test the effectiveness of norm-based persuasive messages in the context of evaluation research. Participants in an interdisciplinary conference were invited to complete two successive post-conference surveys and randomly assigned to one of two groups at each time point

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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

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The Never Ending Quest for Balance: Graduate Students’ Professional Development Experiences

In an era of rising accountability, retention rates of graduate programs have come under scrutiny and student affairs professionals are being asked to help graduate students at increasing rates. In particular, Graduate Higher Education has done little to assess and understand graduate students' needs and experiences beyond the classroom. We conducted a formative needs assessment using multiple data collection tools and methods to better understand our graduate students, their needs and experiences at a public Carnegie classified Doctoral/Research University in the Rocky Mountain Region and to inform the development of a program we have created called Graduate Student Professional Development

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A Critical Review of Evidence-Based Repositories in Behavioral Health

The purpose of the study was to better understand best-practice repositories for behavioral health, in order to highlight issues that may improve their future operation, and also to better understand the paradigms of evidence currently used for certifying best-practices

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Eval11 Session 783: Beyond Fidelity II: Assessing the context of implementation

The focus of this AEA 2011 think tank is on re-conceptualizing the current approach to evaluating the implementation of “evidence-based practices” (EBPs). In most cases, implementation evaluations focus on the extent to which EBPs are implemented with fidelity to their original models

Beyond Fidelity II.pdf