Advancing Behavioral Health MCW Partner Team (Phase II)

Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative Phase II: Supporting program development and evaluation to develop systems-level change statewide

Full Project Name:Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative MCW Partner Team (Phase II)Primary Academic Partner:Michelle Broaddus, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineAward Amount:$2,742,820
Award Date
July2017
Project Duration:60 months

Project Description Narrative:


The MCW Partner team serves as part of AHWapos;s Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative, an eight-year, $20 million initiative bringing together 10 community coalitions from across Wisconsin to address pressing mental health needs within their communities.

The team consists of faculty and staff from the Center for AIDS Intervention Research, a center of the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. The MCW Partner Team works with each of the 10 community coalitions to provide evaluation support and guidance to each community as they implement their Phase II plans. In addition to providing consultation for program development and evaluation, the MCW Partner Team aims to develop broader systems-level change to reduce fragmentation and result in durable, integrated and sustained improvement in behavioral health outcomes statewide.

Project Updates:


• The MCW APT has been working with Coalitions to improve qualitative data collection and analysis, particularly using a systems science approach. In Northern WI, faculty are creating a qualitative project to examine the process of creating the ACH. Several Coalitions have received support in designing a retrospective pre-post survey design, and the MCW APT provided a data entry form for the Lac du Flambeau project that allows automatic calculation of basic descriptive statistics from participant surveys.
• Began global evaluation efforts, completing interviews with project coordinators, collecting Quarterly Summary Tools (QSTs) from the Coalitions, and collecting Yearly Coalition Member Surveys that follow the Community Coalition Action Theory, which describes how coalitions are formed, maintained, and institutionalized within unique community contexts to implement strategies aimed at instituting community changes, increasing community capacity, and improving health outcomes
• Began qualitative analysis, identifying preliminary themes. Using these pieces of data, the team will be able to identify patterns of successes and challenges, compare and contrast types of communities and community coalitions, and identify replicable and scalable interventions for wider dissemination
• Progress includes: IRB approval and collaboration, global evaluation, convening and facilitation of workgroups, and continuing engagement with all 10 Community Coalitions.
• The MCW APT conducted one-one-one consultations with each coalition to revisit and refine each projects’ evaluation model. Additional support of local evaluation efforts includes conducting interviews on behalf of the Racine coalition to ensure more honest and explicit responses from coalitions, gathering member satisfaction data for all coalitions, and completing transcription for multiple coalitions.

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