Dec. 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. CT

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This webinar will feature the evaluation’s findings and lessons learned during the two-year Change in Mind initiative, including specific examples from sites in the cohort. Enhancing the use of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) data through rapid testing, the 15 sites improved their collection and use of ACEs and resilience data using rapid feedback methods to improve their data and other science-aligned programs and practices.

Change in Mind’s use of a developmental evaluation approach, rapid testing of program and practice innovations, and a rigorous application of cohort and site-level theories of change have become differentiating aspects of Change in Mind in accelerating our understanding of where policies and practices at organizational and systemic levels need to shift for true alignment with advances in neurosciences. The developmental evaluation approach is a reflective practice cycle that involves sharing stories, analysis of patterns and themes, and identification of actions and lessons, which leads back to more questions for reflection.  It can be used in policy reform and system change efforts as well as in complex environments where solutions are uncertain.

The evaluation findings are presented in four briefs:

  • Summary of Change in Mind Evaluation Findings and Lessons Learned. To transform their programs, organizations, sectors, and communities, the sites designed and implemented multi-level theories of change; these pathways were often aligned with internal efforts leading to external action 
  • Change in Mind Sites’ Pathways of Internal Organizational Change. The sites worked to create internal organizational change by aligning brain science-informed organizational goals and resources, building organizational capacity, and adapting their programs and practices to incorporate neuroscience findings
  • Change in Mind Sites’ Pathways of External Systems and Policy Change. The sites advanced systems and policy change by building networks of collaborators, educating their communities about brain science, facilitating sector-specific change, and advocating for larger cross-sector policy change
  • Enhancing Change in Mind Sites’ Use of ACEs Data through Rapid Testing. The sites improved their collection and use of ACEs and resilience data using rapid feedback methods to improve their data and other science-aligned programs and practices

The science is very clear, and the case for infusing this knowledge into and throughout our society is compelling. However, the way these ideas manifest themselves concretely into practices and policies must continue to be developed and tailored to suit the unique needs of organizations, governments, and businesses.  

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of the developmental evaluation approach that differentiates Change in Mind from other national ACEs/brain science initiatives
  • Patterns that emerged across the sites as part of their efforts
  • Lessons identified through the evaluation of Change in Mind and site-specific examples

Who Should Attend


Margaret Hargreaves
Principal Associate
Community Science

Margaret (Meg) Hargreaves, principal associate at Community Science, has expertise in trauma-informed community and systems change, health care reform, population health, health equity, family and children services, and program evaluation. In addition to directing the Change in Mind initiative’s evaluation, she is the co-principal investigator of the Study of Community-Based Family Support Networks in Washington State for the ACEs Public Private Initiative (APPI). Before joining Community Science, Hargreaves was a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where she directed the APPI evaluation and evaluations of numerous other systems change initiatives. Hargreaves is nationally recognized for her methodological expertise conducting complex systems evaluations. She is the recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award in 2011, and she chairs AEA’s Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group.

Direct questions to Ann Koerner, associate at the Alliance.