Speaker

Rosalyn M Bertram PhD, Associate Professor; Kelli King LMSW; Rachel Geary LMSW

Title

Implementing Effective Programs

Format

Lecture

Audience

Presentation Summary:

Careful consideration of clients and proven frameworks for implementation of service models will improve program outcomes and sustainability. This workshop offers examples from Kansas City and Houston to aid staff, supervisors, administrators and funders to more efficiently achieve improved client outcomes.

 

We first present proven frameworks for effective program implementation that are increasingly the concern of federal, state, and major foundation funding sources.

 

We then briefly present results of a recent study of implementation at 34 Kansas City service sites to identify contributing factors that undermine program efficiency and effectiveness (Bertram, King, Geary, & Nutt, in press).

 

We conclude with a successful example from Houston's SAMHSA children's mental health Initiative grant site. There, family members, administrators and supervisors working with an implementation consultant first evaluated program implementation, then revised agency policy and procedures as well as training, coaching, and use of data for fidelity assessment to improve staff competence. Addressing a diverse population in which youth displayed severe behaviors, in eighteen months the grant improved client outcomes, increased numbers of families served and improved model fidelity to well above the national mean (Bertram, Schaffer, & Charnin, in press).

 

Implications for specific program improvement will then be discussed with the audience.

 

Experience/Bio:

Rosalyn M. Bertram PhD, Associate Professor in the UMKC School of Social Work, serves as a training & technical assistance consultant on program implementation and youth & family services for SAMHSA, and as a core advisor to the National Wraparound Initiative. She's published a series of papers on program development and implementation including a policy paper for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (Bertram, Blase, Shern, Shea, & Fixsen, 2011), a cornerstone study for a special edition of Journal of Child & Family Studies (Bertram, Suter, Bruns, & O'Rourke, 2011), and two papers in a forthcoming special edition of the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work (Bertram, King, Geary & Nutt, in press; Bertram, Schaffer, & Charnin, in press). Rosalyn's consultation to improve multi-disciplinary response to sexual abuse in the greater Kansas City area (Bertram, 2008) led to a recent invitation by the Western Region Children's Advocacy Center to provide training and technical assistance on team development for effective case review in the 13 western states.

 

Kelli King LMSW is a recent graduate of UMKC's School of Social Work. Kelli has worked with children, youth and their families in both child welfare and children's mental health settings. With other MSW students and Dr. Bertram, she examined program implementation at 34 Kansas City area field placement sites (Bertram, King, Geary, & Nutt, in press). Kelli is currently working with Dr Bertram and the Child & Family Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Consortium leading a study of the extent to which  EBP models are taught in MSW curricula in Canada & the USA.

 

Rachel Geary LMSW is a recent graduate of UMKC's School of Social Work. Rachel has most recently been working with a Missouri-wide project to transform how communities respond to the homeless population. With other MSW students and Dr. Bertram, she examined program implementation at 34 Kansas City area field placement sites (Bertram, King, Geary, & Nutt, in press).