The Building Evidence Technical Assistance (BETA) project supported the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Expanding the Evidence Base grantees. The Foundation is committed to supporting culturally relevant programs developed by people of color that show emerging evidence of effectiveness and are prepared to move toward more rigorous evaluation.
BETA provided technical assistance to build grantee capacity to implement and evaluate promising approaches using the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) framework. Tenets of implementation science and program evaluation were integrated into a coordinated framework to support and evaluate both established and developing programs by—
- Working with grantees to determine where they are within the PII stages
- Creating individualized plans to build evaluation capacity
- Using tools and activities to guide grantees toward establishing logic models and sound research questions
- Assisting in developing plans for measuring fidelity and future evaluation
- Supporting grantees by co-creating dissemination materials highlighting their evaluation readiness
Allison Meisch, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Allison Meisch is a developmental psychologist with 20 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, program evaluation, applied research...
Amanda Thomson, M.P.P.
Amanda Thomson has nearly 10 years of experience in social science research, program evaluation, and technical assistance. She is trained in public policy...