A Case Study on Promising Practices in Evaluating Shared Outcomes


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015


This webinar featured promising practices in planning and implementing program evaluation plans, focusing on identifying and measuring shared outcomes. Moderated by Edward Cohen, PhD, this panel-style webinar highlighted a case study of Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR), a collaborative Survivors of Torture program with three agencies - Lutheran Community Services Northwest, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington (Seattle). The panelists illustrated how they developed shared outcome measures and addressed the practical issues of data collection, inter-agency coordination, and resources for data analysis.

The objectives were: 

  1. Identify new strategies for planning and implementing evaluation plans for torture survivor collaboratives and programs that work extensively with community partners.
  2. Describe the practical issues of implementing evaluation strategies that involve cross-disciplinary programs or staff
  3. Plan next steps in implementing an evaluation plan that involves shared outcomes. This case study webinar will be useful for SOT programs at any stage of planning evaluation strategies that involve cross-disciplinary programs or staff.


We regret that this webinar could not be recorded. Please see the attached PowerPoint file for information, as well as the Referral and Eligibility forms shared by NWHHR. 


Ed Cohen, PhD Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Social Work at San José State University with teaching interests in research methods, mental health practice, planning and administration, and mental health policy. His research interests include adolescent and young adult mental health services, juvenile/criminal justice; community mental health organizations, and cross-cultural mental health. He has consulted to SOT programs on evaluation, measurement, and data management.

Nicole Chow Ahrenholz, MD Nicole Chow Ahrenholz, MD is an attending physician in Internal Medicine at Harborview Medical Center and a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She divides her time between seeing patients and teaching medical residents and students in the International Medicine Clinic and in the inpatient setting. In addition, she provides medical consultations for survivors of torture through Northwest Health and Human Rights, and evaluates new arrival refugees through the Refugee and Immigrant Health Promotion Project.

Maggie Cheng, JD Maggie Cheng is a staff attorney in the Asylum Unit of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). She is also the dedicated attorney of the Northwest Health and Human Rights program, a partnership between NWIRP, Harborview Medical Center, and Lutheran Community Services Northwest to provide medical, mental health, and legal services to survivors of torture in Washington State. Prior to joining NWIRP, she was an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Beth Farmer, LICSW Beth Farmer, LICSW directs Northwest Health and Human Rights, a torture treatment collaborative located in King County, WA. Beth has been a social worker for over twenty years, with the past eight years spent in the field of refugee mental health. She is a trained clinician and also manages an outpatient mental health clinic for refugees and asylum seekers called International Counseling and Community Services.


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