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Virtual and Remote Screening Info Session (video)

Virtual & Remote Screening Info Session (video)

In this 7-minute info session TEI shares considerations for adapting the administration of a screener in a virtual setting and provides examples of virtual formats that program staff can use with clients.

Virtual-Remote Screening Info Session 4.30.20 from James Bell Associates on Vimeo.


New resources for conducting screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic

New resources for conducting screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic

As programs transition their services to virtual visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are grappling with the challenge of conducting screenings and assessments within this context. TEI has developed four resources to support programs in transitioning to virtual and remote screenings.

Virtual & Remote Screening Info Session

In this 7-minute info session TEI shares considerations for adapting the administration of a screener in a virtual setting and provides examples of virtual formats that program staff can use with clients.

Virtual Screening Decision Flow Chart

The flow chart is a one-stop shop for working through the key considerations associated with moving a screener to a virtual or remote format. It was designed by TEI for tribal home visiting grantees but can be adapted to other human service programs.

Virtual Screening Plan

The screening plan is a worksheet to help teams respond to key questions and document their decisions for moving a screener to a virtual or remote format.

Virtual and Remote Screenings tip sheet cover

Virtual Screening Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides a summary of the considerations and key information shared in the Virtual & Remote Screening Info Session.


TEI creates a collection of parenting stress and resilience literature

The Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) compiled published articles (n=33) related to parenting stress and resilience from peer-reviewed journals for Tribal Home Visiting grantees. Implementation and Expansion Grantees (Cohort 2) can use this literature to inform rigorous local program evaluations focused on these topics. The articles summarized in the collection are specific to parenting stress and/or resilience in the context of home visiting or among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This Excel resource identifies the following information for each included article (as applicable) –

  • Purpose of the paper
  • Relevant definitions
  • Main findings/conclusions
  • Research/evaluation question(s)
  • Target population
  • Study design
  • Intervention
  • Relevant measures/tools
  • Link to the article

You can download the Excel resource here.


TEI Publishes Tribal Home Visiting Grantee Evaluation Plan Profiles on OPRE Website

The Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) created a compilation of Tribal Home Visiting Program evaluation plan profiles that introduce and describe the grantees’ evaluation studies. The profiles are designed for evaluators, program implementers, and federal staff interested in program impact in complex community contexts and may be most useful for individuals thinking about evaluating tribal home visiting and/or early education initiatives. They can be used as resources for the development and implementation of future evaluations in tribal communities, as well as to inform evaluation-related policies and grant requirements for tribal funding recipients. Each grantee profile presents a description of the program, a summary of their evaluation plan, and information about their evaluation team.

You can view the published report on the OPRE website.


TEI Contributes to Special Issue of the Infant Mental Health Journal

Staff from the Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) project worked closely with Tribal Home Visiting grantees, ACF, and the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC) to contribute to five articles in the May/June 2018 volume of the Infant Mental Health Journal titled, “New Directions in Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting: Lessons Learned from the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.” The published articles include:

  • Building evaluation partnerships with tribal communities for home visiting (Ayoub, et al.)
  • Methodological considerations for home-visiting research in tribal communities (Kilburn, et al.)
  • Performance measurement in Tribal Home Visiting: Challenges and opportunities (Morales, et al.)
  • Measurement issues in home visiting research within tribal communities: Challenges and strategies (Rumbaugh Whitesell, et al.)
  • Approaches to the evaluation of cultural adaptations of home visiting in tribal communities (Meyer, et al.)

This journal issue represents the first time tribal home visiting efforts were the focus of a special issue.


Grantee Led Evaluations in Tribal MIECHV

Grantee-Led Evaluations in the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program:

A Compilation of Grantee Evaluation Plan Profiles

In 2018, TEI created a compilation of Tribal Home Visiting Program grantees’ evaluation plan profiles that introduce and describe the grantees evaluation studies. The profiles are designed for evaluators, program implementers, and federal staff who are looking to assess program impact in complex community contexts and may be most useful for individuals thinking about evaluating tribal home visiting and/or early education initiatives. They can be used as resources for the development and implementation of future evaluations in tribal communities, as well as to inform evaluation-related policies and grant requirements for tribal funding recipients. Each profile presents a description of the program, a summary of their evaluation plan, and information about their evaluation team. Grantees reviewed, provided feedback, and approved their Evaluation Plan Profiles. Grantees also received local approval for the dissemination of these profiles, as desired by their community.

Click here to access and download the compilation.


CITATION:

Roberts, E., Morales, J., Salvador, M., Lyon, K., Geary, E., & Buckless, B. (2018). Grantee-led evaluations in the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: A compilation of grantee evaluation plan profiles, OPRE Report # 2018-107, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Evaluation Capacity Readiness Assessment Checklist

Tribal MIECHV Evaluation Capacity Readiness Assessment Checklist (2017)

The Evaluation Capacity Readiness Assessment Checklist (ECR) was developed to help Tribal MIECHV grantees prepare to evaluate their home visiting services. The ECR is a self-assessment tool focused on examining organizational and team readiness to engage in evaluation activities. The assessment process can help grantees determine the areas of their program and organization that may need to be strengthened to be fully prepared to plan, launch, and implement an evaluation. The ECR should be conducted before evaluation questions are developed, as the results can inform what is feasible and appropriate for the program and organization. While the ECR was developed for Tribal MIECHV grantees, it is applicable to any program seeking to evaluate their services and activities.

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ECR Tool in PDF format

The purpose of the toolkit, intended audiences and how to use it. Download ECR Tool in PDF format (.docx, 377kb).

ECR Tool in Microsoft Word format

The purpose of the toolkit, intended audiences and how to use it. Download ECR Tool in Microsoft Word format (.docx, 377kb).


Data System Improvement Toolkit - Module 5

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Module 5: Optimizing Your Current Data System

Strengthen your existing data system by learning to conduct assessments, identify enhancements, and organize your overall improvement project. Tools marked with an * below can be modified.

MODULE CONTENT

Module Introduction

This text shares two steps for customizing a data system and provides in-depth descriptions of tools found within the module

5.1 Guide to Data System Self-Assessment

This guide describes data system assessment, when it should take place, and what core components to examine. Read before accessing tool 5.2. (Guide)

5.2 Data System Assessment Checklist

Use this checklist to facilitate a conversation about your data system’s requirements, strengths, and areas for improvement. (Checklist/assessment)

5.3 Data System Improvement Charter

This sample charter describes objectives, goals, timelines, and benefits of a data system improvement project. (Template)


Data System Improvement Toolkit - Module 4

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Module 4: Displaying and Reporting Data

Access tools for creating and refining data dashboards to monitor services and prepare reports for funders. Tools marked with an * below can be modified.

MODULE CONTENT

Module Introduction

This text provides basic information about data dashboards and describes tools found within the module.

4.1 Data Reporting Map*

Use this tool to determine where data points are pulled from in existing reports and how calculations are made. Programs may find it useful to enlist addition support from a technical assistance provider or other consultant. (Template)

4.2 Understanding System Integration

This guide describes different types of system integration and provides an overview of the planning process. (Guide)

4.3: Guide to Data Dashboards

This guide serves as an introduction to tool 4.4. It lists common dashboard elements and considerations for customizing dashboard data. (Guide)

4.4 Example of a Data Dashboard

This sample dashboard presents a “real-world” example of concepts outlined in tool 4.3. (Example)


Data System Improvement Toolkit - Module 3

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Module 3: Protecting Data Ownership and Privacy

Get up to speed on managing and protecting data—and how to address these issues with systems vendors and developers. Tools marked with an * below can be modified.

MODULE CONTENT

Module Introduction

This text details two steps for owning and protecting client information and lists tools found within the module.

3.1 Understanding Data Ownership

This guide describes core elements of data ownership, including the use of ownership agreements and governance planning. Use with tool 3.2 (Guide)

3.2 Example of Data Ownership Contract Language*

Structured around the core elements outlined in tool 3.1, this document provides sample contract language for data ownership agreements. (Example)

3.3 Guide to Data Privacy and Confidentiality

Read this guide to better understand what data to protect, what regulations to comply with, and how to work with system vendors to ensure privacy. (Guide)

3.4 Considerations for Cloud Versus On-Premise Software and Storage

This tool explains the differences between cloud-based and on-the-premises storage and software options in areas such as cost, system function, ownership, and security. (Guide)