For over 40 years, people have been sharing the understanding of the Principles with individuals, communities, treatment programs, in jails, businesses and today programs are being provided around the world in multiple languages. But still, when someone asks for evidence that “this works” we have little to give them. It is time to change that.
Funders and possible funding agencies often ask one question…WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE?
We are doing great work and the momentum of the Three Principles is lighting up the globe however we are missing an opportunity to capture it in a way where we can really make a difference – through program evaluations. We can extend the reach of our work through sharing the amazing outcomes in a more rigorous format that answers the question – Does this stuff really work?
SO IS THIS YOU?
- Having difficulty providing evidence to potential funders about the results you get from sharing the Principles with your client groups?
- Wishing there is evidence specific to your target group?
- Needing an evaluation of your work so you have more credibility with organizations, schools and businesses you are interested in working with.
- Knowing it works because you have seen the change in your clients, in your classes, and in organizations but with little objective evidence that it works.
- You know this needs to change but . . .DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START???
Do you need some guidance in this department and would like to be part of a groundbreaking global initiative?
While many are familiar with research and evaluation protocol t’s not something that has been integrated into current programs. This can be caused by lack of time, resources or the experience to take it on. However if now is the time and you see the value an evaluation can bring to your projects you will definitely want to become part of this groundbreaking collaborative.
GOALS of the COLLABORATIVE – To support 3 Principle practitioners to:
- Evaluate their programs effectively
- Create a database of evidence to support their services
- Extend the reach of their teaching
YOUR BENEFITS –
- Respond unequivocally to the doubters – it does work.
- Report back to your funders and program stakeholders with a well crafted and executed program evaluation. They deserve this after all they have trusted you without much evidence.
- Receive feedback as to your own effectiveness.
- Show people why this approach strengthens innate mental health and wellbeing.
- Finally, and most importantly, it is another form of teaching. When people read your report, they are learning about your work and what participants are saying through their own powerful stories about life changing experiences.
- This report can provide an opportunity for your program to reach beyond you and what you are able to say. It can land on the desk of people you may never meet.
THE COLLABORATIVE –
The Collaborative is a unique endeavor to make a significant contribution to and support of the work of others around the globe through coordinating program evaluation and research of 3 Principles projects and programs. As a participant in the Collaborative you will:
- Receive individual on-going support and coaching as you implement your evaluation
- Have the opportunity to be part of an exciting groundbreaking multi-program evaluation initiative
- Raise awareness about the importance of research and evaluation by increasing the database of program evaluations and research. This will result in a collective initiative that will support the 3 Principles community
- Gain expertise in program evaluation and become a resource to provide support and coaching to your fellow 3 Principles practitioners who are engaged in evaluating their own programs
HOW DOES IT WORK? The Collaborative is very straightforward and simple. Here’s how –
- Program participants will all use a similar evaluation protocol to be provided by the Collaborative
- Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected. Pre/post test data will be submitted to Linda Ramus for the data “crunching” and report preparation thus freeing you from having to deal with the data
- You will be trained via a webinar to implement the protocol. You will also receive individual assistance in selecting surveys and tests to individualize the evaluation protocol
- You will receive on-going support with your program evaluation
- Periodic webinars meetings will provide a forum to share experiences of this process
- At the conclusion of the Collaborative effort, each participant will receive a report for his/her own program as well as the larger report that will combine all the data from all the programs.
- In order to have sufficient numbers to evaluate, a program must commit to having a minimum of 20 participants in their study.
WHAT’S NEXT –
If you are interested in participating in this initiative starting February 2016, you may contact Quinn Cashion or Linda Ramus for more information. Enrollment into the Collaborative will extend from February 1, 2016 through March 30, 2016. To enroll click here. Once you enroll you will be contacted by Linda or Quinn. The evaluation protocol packet and complete program details including dates for the webinars will be emailed to you.
THE COST –
There is a one time registration fee for each participating program of $495 which covers the following:
- Assistance with selection of a third evaluation tool
- 4 webinar/zoom sessions
- Individual coaching sessions as needed.
- Collaborative Program Report
- Enrollment of 20 of your participants into the evaluation study
- Data entry of the pre and post tests, class evaluation and participant demographic information into a data based developed specifically for your program
- Data analysis
- Preparation of your individual program report.
For each participant over 20 in your study an additional $10 will be charged.
WHO WE ARE –
Linda Ramus, M.A., M.Ed.: The former director of 3 Principles Services Division, Department of Alcohol & Drug Services, Santa Clara County. Current Vice President and Director of Research with Innate Health Connection a nonprofit, public benefit organization in San Jose, California she has conducted numerous program evaluations of 3 Principles programs including two in the UK and the most recent of nurses at a large public hospital in San Jose. She has conducted evaluations of 3 Principles programs with men and women re-entry programs, adult vocational education program, continuation high school, homeless shelter, and jail programs. Linda will be your number cruncher and will be providing support and feedback on the evaluation process. She can help you select your evaluation instrument and address data collection issues.
Quinn Cashion, M.Ed.: has over 15 years experience educating adults and youth in the area of life skills and mental wellness. Quinn developed the Three Principles Building Resilience in Youth Program that has empirical evidence to show the effectiveness of the 3 Principles as a promising new intervention for schools social and emotional curriculum. She also has been part of several program evaluation initiatives for educators, students and parents. She is a certified counselor and adult educator with a Masters in Educational Leadership. She currently is the Chair of the Education Community of Interest Group for 3 PGC developing a global outreach initiative for educators as they bring the message of the Three Principles into their work with young people. Contact Quinn if you are working with children or youth and need support to run a program for youth.
We look forward to working with you and creating a little bit of history!