Smoke, Mirrors, and Disappearing Research Assistants: A Panel Discussion with MassCALL3 and SOR-PEC Local Evaluators to Demystify the Practice of Evaluation

Type: Oral Presentation
Date: March 2024

Citation

Janke, S., Hathaway, N., McElherne, L., Goldberg, J. (2024, March 13) in S. Formica (moderator), Smoke, Mirrors, and Disappearing Research Assistants: A Panel Discussion with MassCALL3 and SOR-PEC Local Evaluators to Demystify the Practice of Evaluation [panel discussion]. 10th Annual BSAS Statewide Substance Misuse Prevention Conference. Norwood, MA.

Abstract

Assessment and evaluation are key components of substance misuse prevention work in community settings. Determining whether, when, and how to engage professional evaluation support for your project is an important decision that can vary from site to site. This session is intended for Project Coordinators and Community Partners from BSAS Prevention projects who are interested in learning about how peer projects are utilizing professional evaluation support within their grant. Join us for a moderated discussion with a panel of local evaluators partnering with BSAS Prevention programs across the Commonwealth. Drawing on their experience working with both MassCALL3 and SOR-PEC grantees, panelists will share examples and provide insight on: (a) how they were engaged by the project; (b) ways in which they are working with grant staff to support initial assessment activities, contribute to the development of local strategic plans, create evaluation plans, establish data collection systems and processes; (c) how they are supporting grant staff as the project moves from planning into early implementation; and (d) how decisions were made about role, scope, and sharing tasks with grant staff.