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The Military Projects

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Director & Principal Investigator: Brian Leidy, Ph.D.
Co- Principal Investigator: Marney Thomas, Ph.D.
Family Advocacy Program Director: Cynthia Enroth, MSW
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The BCTR-Military Projects (BCTR-MP) are funded by cooperative agreements between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, and the Department of Defense (DoD). Since 1992, multiple projects have provided research-based knowledge, evaluation expertise, and technical assistance to a variety of family programs in all branches of the U.S. Military. The results of these projects have influenced practice and policies that help improve the quality of life for military service members and family members by building resiliency and preventing and reducing risk behaviors.

US Army Reserve Headquarters Family Programs - Developing process and outcome metrics for Army Reserve Family Programs to evaluate the reach and effectiveness of their Family Support programs. This project is conducted in partnership with the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation (CORE).

US Army Family Advocacy Program – Conducting 3 research studies on 1) the impact of the Army Victim Advocate Program; 2) Command influence on completion of treatment and reduced recidivism in child and domestic maltreatment and 3) the impact of a risk assessment protocol used by the clinical social work staff to predict recidivism and drive treatment strategies in child maltreatment cases. Previous work involved research reviews of family violence prevention practice and policy, the development of multiple on-line training for professional staff, and outcome evaluations of ongoing programs.

Department of Defense Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Benchmark Study – Partnering with Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation (CORE) to develop a common set of process and outcome metrics and build the evaluation capacity among EFMP leadership at the Department of Defense and in each of the four Services. This is an ongoing project that started with a 2012 benchmark study of DoD policies and programs that support all military families with individuals with special needs.

US Army Ready and Resilient – In 2011, the Army developed a plan to evaluate portfolios of programs that support overall health promotion and risk-reduction behaviors for all Soldiers and Family members. This plan was implemented in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. As part of an outside review and validation of the evaluation plan, Cornell’s military project staff will review the implementation reports to assess whether changes need to be made in either the evaluation plan or its execution.

Department of Defense Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) Measurement and Evaluation Strategy – Assisting the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy Healthy Base Initiative Team with evaluating the implementation of a set of initiatives at 14 installations that promote healthy eating, increased physical activity and reducing the use of tobacco products. Activities include reviewing measurement and evaluation plans (existing logic models, selected metrics, and data collection methods) and developing and conducting the main feedback survey at the end of the 12 month project. This is the third partnership with CORE and the BCTR Military Projects.

Department of Defense Military and Family Support Training System (MFSTS) - The Department of Defense is in the process of developing an online common core curriculum for use by Family Support service providers in the Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, the BCTR-MP conducted the gap analysis on the service provider training materials and wrote the EFMP curriculum module. We will be responsible for evaluating the piloting of the entire common curriculum evaluation.