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Evaluation 2015: Centerstone Research Institute to Present

Centerstone Research Institute will lead six presentations at Evaluation 2015, joining the American Evaluation Association and agencies from around the world to celebrate the International Year of Evaluation. The conference will be held November 9-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Ill.

Evaluation 2015 will focus on exemplary evaluations in a multicultural world to inspire and energize industry professionals to spotlight evaluation successes and advancements from across the globe.

Centerstone Research Institute evaluation experts and academic partners from Indiana University will present six posters and papers.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Poster 106 – Kathryn Mathes, PhD, Wendy Shuran, and Hannah Wohltjen will present a poster on how evaluation results from Building Strong Families (BSF), a substance abuse prevention program in rural Tennessee informed the development of a subsequent education and intervention program, the Therapeutic Intervention, Education, and Skills (TIES) program. Additionally, the team will compare the preliminary substance use and child safety and permanency results of the TIES program to those of BSF.
     
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Poster 168 – John Putz, PhD, Allen Wang, Hillel Sapir and Indiana University’s Jon Macy, PhD, will present a poster that discusses the use of a social justice-oriented evaluation strategy to reduce the disproportionate prevalence of Hepatitis C in individuals served by community mental health centers. They also will present findings from an embedded evaluation of a program designed to test and provide prevention messaging to people living with serious mental illness and addiction concerns.
     
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., Addams room, Session 1430 – Breanna Banks, PhD, and Joan Sykora, PhD, will lead a skill-building workshop within the organizational learning and evaluation capacity building track. The session will explore how specific clinical supervision practices and techniques can elicit reflective practice in developing experienced evaluators.
     
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Michigan B room, Session HE2 –Lauren Berny, Beth MacInerney, and Kathryn Mathes, will participate in a multi-paper session in the health evaluation track. The team will present findings that will add to the literature concerning retrospective pretests and response shift bias as well as the efficacy of using audience response systems in the field of health education and prevention science.
     
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Comiskey room, Session 2518 – Centerstone Research Institute will host a panel discussion chaired by Joan Sykora, that focuses on bridging the gap between science and service, centering on best practices in fostering evaluation with diverse stakeholder populations. Panel participants include Molly Bombardi-Mount, Hannah Wohltjen, Breanna Banks, Elizabeth McInerney and Rebecca Carmack.
     
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Michigan C room, Session FIE3 – For the feminist issues in evaluation track, Kathryn Mathes, will chair a multi-paper session on examining innovation trends and methods in culturally competent, socially equitable and gender responsive evaluations.
     

The American Evaluation Association’s membership includes 7,000 members from across all 50 U.S. states as well as 60 foreign countries. The Association’s annual industry conference convenes evaluation professionals, academics and students devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and other forms of evaluation.

For more information on Evaluation 2015, visit www.evaluationconference.org.