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Join Us At The American Evaluation Association 2019 Conference

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The time has finally come: we’re headed to the Hotdish Capital of the World tomorrow to present at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference!

This year’s event will include more than 40 professional development workshops, feature 700 evaluation presenters, and connect us with a community of more than 3,000 evaluators.  We can’t wait to connect with our peers and learn from other evaluation professionals.  If you’re attending, please come say hi.  Don’t forget to check out our sessions and register if they interest you!

Below are our session (total of three) details:

Getting the Message Across: Effective Visual Reporting Summarizing the Evaluation of a Large K-12 NYS District’s New Sexual Education Program


Session Number: 1175
Track: PreK-12 Educational Evaluation
Session Type: Ignite
Tags: Healthy Relationship Skills, Human Centered Design, School District, Sex Education
Session Facilitator: Jennifer McQuilkin [Evaluation Associate – CCNY, Inc.]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jennifer McQuilkin [Evaluation Associate – CCNY, Inc.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jessica Tufte [Senior Evaluation Associate – CCNY, Inc.]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Molly Ranahan [Evaluator – 3356034615]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (11:30 AM – 12:15 PM)
Room: Hilton Minneapolis Ballroom Salon E – Ignite 30 (Friday, 11:40- 11:45 AM)


Audience Level: All Audiences


Session Abstract (150 words):

One-third of high school students had sexual intercourse in the last three months at a large NYS city school district. This previously abstinence-only district is implementing comprehensive healthy decision making curricula and services in order to better their students’ outcomes. Currently, the district has completed year two of implementation.

A nonprofit/consulting evaluation organization is in the midst of a four year evaluation assessing the effectiveness of the new curricula and all four program components: (1) revision of the district’s current health education curriculum, (2) hiring a professional health educator for students in grades 5 and 6, (3) creating a mobile health and portable dental clinic, and (4) engaging with community partners.

Session attendees will experience examples of highly visual reporting strategies used in this evaluation that get to the point so that all stakeholders quickly understand evaluation processes, the effectiveness of the curricula, and the importance of the program components being implemented.

Evaluators are Impacted: Reflecting on Racial Equity Work


Session Number: 2742
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Elisa Gallegos [Project Coordinator – SMU – CORE]
Discussant: Jennifer Grace LoPiccolo [Evaluation Specialist – Become: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change]
Presenter 1: Elisa Gallegos [Project Coordinator – SMU – CORE]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Jessica Tufte [Senior Evaluation Associate – CCNY, Inc.]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Miles McNall [Director – Michigan State University]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Dodie L. Arnold, PhD, MSPH [Senior Evaluation Manager – Louisiana Public Health Institute]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (04:30 PM – 05:30 PM)
Room: CC M100 F


Abstract 1 Title: Evaluators are Impacted: Reflecting on Racial Equity Work
Presentation Abstract 1:

Evaluators are called to guide initiatives through a process toward outcomes in an operational and measurable way. What is not always talked about is the effect of this process on evaluators. A group of evaluators partnering in racial equity initiatives throughout the country, through Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, explores the ways in which being an evaluation partner for initiatives in racial equity has influenced and changed them as evaluation professionals and as people. In discussing their experiences in racial equity work, the group seeks to bring about dialogue within and outside of the session (a) to inspire evaluators toward a space of contemplation about race that is embedded throughout their work, and (b) to encourage evaluators to maintain a dual focus on the evaluation work and their own internal assumptions and biases about race that affect the work.

Audience Level: All Audiences


Session Abstract (150 words):

Evaluators are called to guide initiatives through a process toward outcomes in an operational and measurable way. What is not always talked about is the effect of this process on evaluators. A group of evaluators partnering in racial equity initiatives throughout the country, through Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, explores the ways in which being an evaluation partner for initiatives in racial equity has influenced and changed them as evaluation professionals and as people. In discussing their experiences in racial equity work, the group seeks to bring about dialogue within and outside of the session (a) to inspire evaluators toward a space of contemplation about race that is embedded throughout their work, and (b) to encourage evaluators to maintain a dual focus on the evaluation work and their own internal assumptions and biases about race that affect the work.

Implementation Strategies for Fidelity-Measuring Tools in Preventative Family and Child Welfare Programs


Session Number: 1173
Track: Cluster, Multi-site and Multi-level Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: accelerating evaluation theory, practice, adaptive evaluation, child abuse and neglect prevention, Child Care Systems, child welfare, cluster, multi-site and multi-level eval, Fidelity Assessments, High Fidelity Wraparound, implementation, Survey Methodology, WFI-EZ
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jessica Tufte [Senior Evaluation Associate – CCNY, Inc.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Meghan Santiago Harris [Evaluation Associate – Community Connections of NY]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sandra Sheppard [Evaluation Associate]
Time: Nov 16, 2019 (11:15 AM – 12:00 PM)
Room: Hilton Symphony I


Audience Level: All Audiences


Session Abstract (150 words):

A nonprofit/consultant evaluation organization in Erie County, NY implemented and collected WFI-EZ (Wraparound Fidelity Index-EZ) surveys via three High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) Care Coordination Agencies (CCAs) using a random stratified sample. After a literature review, evaluators engaged with the CCAs to encourage awareness and positive message framing around the surveying. Then the evaluation organization sent clients and team members paper surveys, while vendors and facilitators were emailed online survey links for completion. Response rates will be finalized before fall 2019.

Discussion questions:

  • What other evaluation methods/tools have attendees used to measure the fidelity of Evidence-based Interventions (EBIs)?
  • What challenges or successes occurred during these evaluations? What strategies helped overcome challenges? (Examples of challenges include follow-up, response rates, stakeholder buy-in, client engagement, etc.)
  • What are some strategies to engage stakeholders from all levels of an evaluation? Stakeholders may include the survey participants/community members, CCAs, other evaluators, or government funders.

Vikram’s PPV

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In 2017, CCNY launched an employee wellness initiative called Paid Paid Vacation (PPV).  Every quarter, full-time staff here are entered into a draw for a chance to win $300 to be used towards something fun (as in, not bills) during a two-day vacation.  Those days are in addition to their usual paid time off.  This quarter, our Senior Data Analyst and resident Excel wizard, Vikram, won.

Here’s what he had to say about his recent timezone jump:

“I used my Paid Paid Vacation towards a trip to Denver, Colorado with my friends. The vacation started with a snowstorm, giving me a taste of the impending Buffalo winter.

We spent most of our time in the Rocky Mountains, enjoying hikes and wildlife-watching. On our last day, we took a detour to Garden of the Gods, a large sandstone formation that is a part of the excellent natural beauty and unique landscapes of Colorado.

It was my first trip to Denver and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much CCNY for providing me this opportunity. I am so grateful.”

Click to read more about CCNY’s unlimited vacation policy and last quarter’s PPV winner.

New Arounja Updates!

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CCNY is pleased to unveil two brand-new Arounja features: location check-in and resource rating.  Arounja users can now log their visits to any given organization listed in our database as well as rate the quality of the service(s) they received.

We’ve also added over 43,000 (and counting) mental health resources across the US.

Want access to the new features*?  Fill out this short form to request a FREE Pro account today!

*Please note that these additions are currently available on desktop version only.

Applications Now Open For 21st Century Fund

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The 21st Century Fund, a fund and giving circle of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for its 2019-2020 grant cycle.  Applications must be submitted online at www.21stcenturyfund.org and are due on December 6th 2019 at 4 PM.

Organizations interested in learning more about the 2019-2020 grant process are encouraged to attend one of the two grant briefing sessions scheduled on October 10th 2019 from 5 to 6 PM and October 15, 2019 from 5 to 6 PM at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo office.

The 21st Century Fund is unique in that the members pay a one-time fee to join and meet every two years to vote to award a $100,000 grant for a specific project they feel will make an impact in Western New York.  In 2018, Fund members chose the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club as the grant winner.

Please call (716) 852-2857 or e-mail 21cf@cfgb.org with questions.