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Introducing the Data System Improvement Toolkit!

The Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) is pleased to announce the release of our Data System Improvement Toolkit! This resource is designed for tribal programs planning to develop or improve their data systems. Program and evaluation staff who have experience with and oversee changes to their existing data systems will find this toolkit informative and helpful.

The Data System Improvement Toolkit includes five modules.

Module 1: Choosing a System and Working with a Vendor or Developer

Module 2: Documenting and Improving Data System Processes

Module 3: Protecting Data Ownership and Privacy

Module 4: Displaying and Reporting Data

Module 5: Optimizing Your Current Data System
The full toolkit is available as a PDF file or access individual modules to download modifiable versions of the tools. Some readers will find that one module or even one tool can address their needs. Others may find it helpful to access each module in the order they are presented. For many, the right approach lies somewhere in between.

The TEI team is available to provide technical assistance for this toolkit and other data system needs. Please contact Erin Geary at 218-464-1260 or geary@jbassoc.com.

Tribal Evaluation Institute Presents at National Conferences

Tribal Evaluation Institute staff members presented at three national conferences in November and December, 2017. These presentations highlighted work that TEI is doing to support local evaluation capacity and improve data systems.


Zero to Three Annual ConferencePhoto of presenters at the Zero to Three Annual Conference, 2017

Brandie Buckless, M.P.H. attended the 2017 Zero to Three Annual Conference, November 29 - December 1 in San Deigo, CA.. She presented collaboratively with Dr. Catherine C. Ayoub from the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Pamela Gutman from the Cherokee Nation on a session titled Tribal Home Visiting Evaluations: Moving the Field Forward. The session highlighted Tribal Home Visiting grantees' rigorous evaluations to examine cultural adaptations and enhancements made to evidence-based home visiting models. Presenters discussed preliminary evaluation findings and the use of innovative methods.


American Evaluation Association Annual Conference

TEI Deputy Director, Julie Morales, Ph.D. participated in a panel presentation on evaluation capacity building at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in November 2017. Dr. Morales provided an overview of TEI’s approach to working with tribal grantees to build evaluation capacity over 7 years. Dr. Morales shared examples of TEI’s work including the Data Collection Toolkit.


Administration for Children and Families Native American Grantee Meeting

Erin Geary, Ph.D. participated in a session at the 2017 Administration for Children and Families Native American Grantee Meeting, November, 2017 in Washington, D.C.. The panel presentation was titled Community-Engaged Research and Evaluation Principles and Values in Tribal Home Visiting. The panel included presentations by Aleta Meyer, Ph.D., from the Office for Planning, Research, and Evaluation and Moushumi Beltangady, M.P.H., M.S.W., from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families. Dr. Geary’s presentation focused on data system focused technical assistance available to tribal home visiting grantees.