Advancing Evidence-Based Practice and Measurement Among Veteran-Serving Organizations
As part of its newly launched “Measurement and Evaluation Research Series” the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) today released its inaugural case study, detailing the steps and strategies employed by Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) to develop a research program to measure its programmatic outcomes.
View/download “ENRICHING VETERANS’ LIVES THROUGH AN EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH: A Case Illustration of Team Red, White & Blue” by Caroline Angel, Ph.D., R.N., and Nicholas J. Armstrong, Ph.D., at http://vets.syr.edu/rwbimpact.
Team RWB is an emerging veteran serving organization that enriches veterans lives by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activity. Given Team RWB’s explosive growth and unique programming (highlighted previously by a study issued by the George W. Bush Institute and IVMF in 2015), its case offers applicable lessons and strategies appropriate to support robust and innovative approaches to evaluation and evidence-based practice – particularly for young and new organizations working in the veterans’ community.
The IVMF’s new “Measurement and Evaluation Research Series” focuses on the critical topics of program evaluation, performance measurement, and evidence-based practice among veteran-serving organizations. It is designed to support enhanced effectiveness and efficiency of human service delivery directed at veterans and military families, and to create a mechanism that advances opportunities for collective learning, transparency, and informed philanthropy among stakeholders in the veterans’ community.
“The launch of this new research series represents a purposeful decision to resource and develop the infrastructure required to position the IVMF as a thought leader in the measurement and evaluation space,” says IVMF Executive Director and Syracuse University Vice Chancellor Dr. Mike Haynie. Haynie goes on to say that “This new research series will support opportunities for learning and continuous improvement among the nation’s veteran-serving organizations, and also empower funders to better understand the efficacy of their investments in the veteran and military-connected community.”
The Measurement and Evaluation Research Series will take the form of quarterly case-study publications and bi-monthly, issue-based white papers that combine class-leading research and practice to provide stakeholders appropriate and actionable tools, resources, and strategies that support robust, evidence-based practice and performance evaluation. A unique feature of the series will be to highlight examples of veteran-serving organizations employing innovative and effective approaches to measurement and evaluation, to include an emphasis on how organizations can leverage M&E to build effective communications and stakeholder engagement strategies.
IVMF research director Dr. Nick Armstrong notes that, “By and large, the community of veteran-serving organizations is composed of passionate and professional leaders – a great many of whom agree and acknowledge that much more can be done to leverage evidence-based strategies and data to inform the efficacy of the programs and services delivered to veterans and their families. In this light, it’s our hope that this new research series serves as a powerful resource to those leaders, and to the community at large.”