In our RVT, we are interested in narrowing the science-to-service gap. Our RVT has partnered with community organizations to help identify services that could strengthen the quality of their programs to help improve the outcomes for the population that they serve. Our most substantial program evaluation work was with the 4-H Youth Development Organization. In a multi-phasedproject, we investigated the utilization of research evidence by 4-H volunteers, staff, and faculty.
Tillman, J. & Bikos, L. H. (2014). Explaining research utilization among 4-H faculty, staff, and volunteers: The role of self-efficacy, learning goal orientation, training, and previous experience. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging research and practice, 9(2), 133-148. Retrieved from https://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/65
Bikos, L. H., Kocheleva, J. A., Campbell, T., Daryani, R., Chahil, S., Brown, T., Winberg, Y., & Pavese, L. (2011). Investigating the utilization of research evidence in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging research and practice, 6(2), article 110602FA002. Retrieved from https://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/185
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: Beginning in 2007, members of the RVT partnered with KCSARC to develop a sustainable procedure for evaluating their legal advocacy services. Years later, with data collected, we return to evaluate the psychometric credibility of the measures we created and provide program quality information.
Cocoon House, Everett, WA: We have partnered with this agency to provide program evaluation services to identify ways that a call-in-intervention Project Safe can be enhanced.