Exemplary Evaluations of Veteran Community Collaborative Efforts
Session Number: 2108
Track: Military and Veteran Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: collaboration, Collective Impact, Military, Veterans
Session Chair: Stephen H Axelrad [Booz Allen Hamilton]
Presenter 1: Nathan Graeser [University of Southern California]
Presenter 2: Pat Clifford [Clifford Consulting]
Presenter 3: Joe Buehrle [San Diego Military Family Collaborative]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Skyway 283
Abstract 1 Title: Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative
Presentation Abstract 1: Nathan Graeser is the Community Liaison/Analyst at USC Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families. He currently convenes and coordinates the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative consisting of over 450 public, private and government agencies with over 200 partners and organizations meeting monthly, working together to improve the lives of veterans and their families throughout Los Angeles County. Graeser also has over 14 years experience working with military populations. In 2014, USC CIR launched the largest of its kind community survey “The State of the American Veteran” which is being used as a scorecard throughout the county. Graeser will discuss the impetus of data, the local response from service providers and the use of a community evaluation strategy to measure the LA Veterans Collaborative successes and long-term impacts.
Abstract 2 Title: Tristate Veterans Community Alliance
Presentation Abstract 2: Pat Clifford is the Managing Consultant for the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance (TVCA), a community veteran collaborative that involves 200 individuals and 60 organizations seeking to align community support for veterans and military families. He will report on their experience developing and using the Online Veterans Portal and Veterans In Processing (VIP) Welcome Center to assess how veterans manage the financial, social and personal reintegration experience as they transition from military to civilian life. The TVCA’s premise is that a combination of a physical location, an online portal, and peer navigation services can help align community support efforts earlier and more efficiently to ensure a more successful transition experience. Clifford will present on efforts to measure veteran and military family satisfaction using the VIP Welcome Center and Online Portal.
Abstract 3 Title: San Diego Military Family Collaborative
Presentation Abstract 3: Joe Buehrle serves as Coordinator for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Military Family Resource Center located in the Murphy Canyon neighborhood of San Diego, California. This is the largest off base active duty military housing community in the world. In this role Mr. Buehrle also serves as the Director of the San Diego Military Family Collaborative (SDMFC), a network of 100+ governmental, military and social service organizations working to advocate, coordinate resources and support for local military families. This impact network’s mission provides an inclusive forum to maximize the collective impact of community resources to enhance military family life. Active duty military families face many unique blessings and challenges as the entire family sacrifices in service to this county. The SDMFC measures network success on several levels, including cross agency processes and functioning, in addition to family level outcomes on benefits from SDMFC collective impact initiatives.
Audience Level: Beginner
This panel explores the experience of veteran community collaboratives in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and San Diego in establishing shared measurements and systems in order to measure collective impact. While many non-profits have their own evaluation methodology, these veteran collaboratives are sharing information and Veteran referrals, seeking common measurements for evaluating best practices among non-profits, and measuring long-term impact on the state of health and well being of Veterans and military families at a local level. Measuring high-level impacts relating to the veteran transition process, community support, and quality of life will be addressed specifically as it relates the appropriate indicators and evaluation strategies to guide progress. Additional high-level impacts of veteran collaboratives include policy change, early engagement of veterans, and service utilization. Each of these impact areas will offers challenges of measurement, questions of appropriate scale and unit of analysis, and appropriate level of participation of organizations or veterans themselves.
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