INSTITUTE OF HEALTH EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH

Evaluating the ACE Resource Network: Sacramento Intiative

Project Background

The initiative of the ACE Resource Network to develop a place-based effort to raise awareness, prevent, and intervene on the associations among ACE and negative health and social outcomes, in Sacramento, CA will be a first of its kind effort. Such efforts are greatly strengthened by the inclusion of evaluation partners from the outset.  The Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL) brings together a team of inter-disciplinary faculty experts from the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research (IHESJR) in Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Center for Crime, Race and Justice in The College of Social Sciences and Humanities, along with students of all levels from a wide range of programs to support community partnered, culturally responsive evaluation efforts that aim to promote health equity, social justice, equity in education, safety, and criminal justice.  

 The NU-PEL team is poised to partner with the ACE Resource Network to expand the evaluation capacity of their efforts in multiple ways. First, we will bring our expertise in culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) practices, which are rooted in Critical Race Theory and social justice. This comprehensive framework gives attention to historically and continuously marginalized groups and aims to consider of the needs and cultural parameters of those who are served relative to the implementation of the program and its outcomes. Second, we will utilize a multigenerational team approach and will apply an inter-disciplinary, holistic, mixed-method design to assess the impact of the Know Your Number campaign to three sub-populations in Sacramento, CA previously identified as gaining the greatest benefit from increased awareness of ACEs: Latinx young adults, LGBTQ+, and young adults living in extreme poverty.  Preliminary efforts may help to determine the acceptability of the current campaign to these groups and inform needed adaptations. Subsequent evaluation will examine the impact of the campaigns engaged with these groups. Lastly, as interventions are identified, developed or modified, and implemented, the NU-PEL team along with the experts from the IHESJR, IRJ, and other Northeastern and broader community of collaborators, including across our global campus network, will form research teams that include both evaluation and content expertise to inform and support the process and outcome evaluation efforts of such interventions.   

Project Team

Lisa Weinstein Northeastern University

Alisa Lincoln
Director, IHESJR
Associate Dean of Research, CSSH
Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology

Northeastern University

Amy Farrell
Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab

Northeastern University

Tania Yom, Northeastern University

Tiana Yom
Assistant Research Professor in Health Sciences and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Northeastern Public Evaluation Lab Program Director

Northeastern University

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Catrina Jaime
Mills College at Northeastern University

Suzanne Garverich
Program Assistant Director

Northeastern University

Beth Molnar

Director of Violence Prevention and Trauma Studies, IHESJR
Director, PhD Program in Population Health
Professor of Health Sciences

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Carlos Cuevas
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab

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Danielle Crookes
Assistant Professor Department of Health Sciences
Bouvé College of Health Sciences Department of Sociology and Anthropology College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Northeastern University

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Carmel Salhi
Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

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Kimberly Lucas Professor of the Practice in Public Policy and Economic Justice

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Jessica Hoffman
Professor
Department of Applied Psychology, Faculty

Northeastern University

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Karestan Koenen
Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences