2016 National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium

The 19th Annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium will be held May 24–26, 2016, at the Berkeley City Club near the University of California, Berkeley campus. The symposium theme will be Exploring the Role of Training Evaluation in Larger Systemic Change


Tuesday, May 24  9:00 am-4:30 pm


9:00 am-12:00 pm

Using the OSC in a Child Welfare Organizational Change Initiative 
Michelle I. Graef, Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln Center on Children, Families and the Law 

Assessing Organizational Culture in Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Agencies 
Marlo Perry, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Child Welfare Education and Research Programs

Assessing the Organizational Health of Child Welfare Programs
Robin Leake, Ph.D. Butler Institute for Families University of Denver

Handout 1 | Handout 2

Welcome and Keynote

1:00-2:30 pm

Organizational Culture and Climate: Assessment and Creating Organizational Change
Anthony Hemmelgarn, Ph.D., Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville



2:45-4:30 pm

Generating Evaluation Evidence through Building Capacity in Systems (Consultative Workshop)

How Can Evaluation Efforts Illuninate Change in Courts, Tribes and States?

  • Christy Leicht, MA, Fellow, ICF International
  • James DeSantis, Ph.D., James Bell Associates
  • Anita P. Barbee, MSSW, Ph.D., Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville
  • Brian Deakins, MSW, Children’s Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services


Facilitator: Michelle I. Graef

Wednesday, May 25  9:00 am-4:30 pm

9:15-10:30 am

Designing Utilization Focused Data Visualizations to Support Systemic Change

  • Robert D. Blagg, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Todd M. Franke, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Taylor Herhusky, University of California, Los Angeles

Facilitators: Susan Jacquet and Sandhya Rao Hermon

10:45 am-11:45 pm

Bridging the Gap: An Integrative Approach to Child Welfare Training Evaluation

  • Jeffrey Waid, MSW, Ph.D., Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership
  • Kirstin O’Dell, MSW, Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership
  • Kate Normand, BA, Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership


Facilitator: Chad McDonald

1:00-2:00 pm

Goldilocks’s Dilemma: Too Hard, Too Easy, or Just Right? Developing Pre/Posttest Questions to Evaluate Training

  • Tess McCutcheon, MSW, Institute for Families
  • Christine Allegra, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Institute for Families

Facilitator: Chad McDonald

2:00-3:00 pm

Organizational Factors Impacting Evaluation (Consultative workshop)

  • Janice Saturday, Ph.D., Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
  • Deidre Carmichael, MSW, Georgia State University

Facilitator: Cindy Parry

3:15-4:30 pm

Documenting Quality in Complex Residential Child Care Systems: Challenges with Assessing a Principle-Based Program Model

  • Lisa McCabe, Ph.D., Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University
  • Michael Nunno, D.S.W., Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University

Facilitator: Leslie W. Zeitler

Thursday, May 26 9:00 am-12:00 pm

9:05-10:15 am

Beyond Training: Maintaining Fidelity and Building Capacity for the Partnering for Success Model

  • Leslie Rozeff, MSSW, LCSW-C, University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • Melinda J. Baldwin, Ph.D., LCSW, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Facilitator: Penny Putnam-Collins

10:30-11:30 am

Evaluating Organizational Change in  a Complex Agency Environment

  • Cindy Parry, Ph.D., C. F. Parry Associates, Inc.
  • Helen, Cahalane, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

Facilitator: Deidre Hardwick Carmichael

11:30 am-12:00 pm Wrap up