Fostering Evaluative Thinking within Military and Veteran Programs— New Approaches at the Military Family Learning Center and the Defense Veteran Brain Injury Center

Session Number: MVE1
Track: Military and Veteran Evaluation
Session Type: Multipaper
Session Chair: Julianne Manchester [General Dynamics Information Technology]
Presenter 1: Brigitte Scott [Virginia Tech]
Presenter 2: Julianne Manchester [General Dynamics Information Technology]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Sarah Baughman [Research Assistant Professor - Virginia Tech]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Phoebe Lee, PhD [Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: CDR James Blankenship (USPHS) [Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center]
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (09:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Room: Skyway 283

Abstract 1 Title: Developmental Evaluation as Praxis
Presentation Abstract 1: The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) has utilized a developmental evaluation (DE) approach since the start of our programming in 2012. Some of our more informative DE experiences to date have unfolded beyond the internal evaluative boundaries of the MFLN project. In this paper, we describe how our programmatic use of DE has had a proximal impact on the professional practices of our Department of Defense (DoD) partners. The embodiment of key DE features as workplace praxis among our DoD partners stands to positively impact work habits, professional partnerships, and more broadly, the ecology of the Military Community & Family Policy family readiness concept. We propose that DE can be leveraged as far more than an evaluation paradigm. Using the MFLN as applied context, we walk through a theoretical approach to DE as praxis by connecting key aspects of DE with theories on social and organizational learning.
Abstract 2 Title: Creating a Program Evaluation Capability at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) to Improve Processes and Programs
Presentation Abstract 2: The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is a Defense Department organization that serves as the traumatic brain injury (TBI) operational component for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychology Health and TBI (DCoE). In 2014, DVBIC began the process of building an internal Program Evaluation (PE) office through the execution of continuous process improvement and evaluation pilot projects. The authors discuss the processes implemented by DVBIC to expand the evaluation capacity of existing programs (e.g., health provider training, recovery support). The session will outline the activities facilitated with the DVBIC divisions and offices. A unified, yet context-dependent toolkit (project charters, logic models, stakeholder charts) was employed across distinct processes and programs. Emergent quantitative and qualitative evaluation capacity-building (ECB) outcomes among stakeholders will be presented. As a result of 2014-2015 project results to date, the authors will describe a framework for developing a responsive, internal evaluation structure using ECB principles.</span>
Audience Level: All Audiences

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Fostering Evaluative Thinking within Military and Veteran Programs— New Approaches at the Military Family Learning Network and the Defense Veteran Brain Injury Center