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ACEAF Staff Focus on Innovation in Evaluation at Harvard Training

Photo” Jimena Santillán, senior program manager at the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, facilitating a group discussion of the theory of change in action.

Earlier this month, a team of ACE Awareness Foundation staffers traveled to Boston to participate in an intensive three-day evaluation workshop conducted by staff of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  The center, whose mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity, worked with participants, helping them apply the center’s IDEAS Impact Framework, a promising new approach for innovation in program development and evaluation, to their programs.

According to Senior Program Manager Jimena Santillán, the workshop facilitator, the framework draws on existing research and development tools and applies them in new ways to set a higher bar for program development and evaluation.

During the workshop, ACE Awareness Foundation Executive Director Renée Wilson-Simmons, Clinical Director Ebony Bailey, and Senior Research Associate Tenice Hardaway worked to apply the framework to the Universal Parenting Place model, thinking through how the UPP interventions work, for whom, and in what contexts. The process is designed to help develop stronger programs, optimize evaluation efforts, and engage in rapid-cycle learning.

For more information, visit the Center on the Developing Child website.

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