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Abt’s Ask an Expert Video Series
In these short Ask an Expert videos, Abt specialists answer topical questions in ways that go beyond predictable answers. They explain why seemingly simple questions may have complicated answers. The videos will inform--and make viewers think. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #AskAbt.
Laura Peck Answers Questions About Evaluation Research and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Evaluations of programs and projects must continue despite the pandemic. Laura Peck answers several questions about how to account for the effects of the pandemic on project outcomes and determine whether COVID-19 or a project was responsible for the findings. It’s less of a problem for a randomized controlled trial because the test group and the control group experience the same conditions. But for other kinds of evaluations, the pandemic can be a threat to the evaluation’s internal validity. Laura provides some insights and resources on how to deal with this serious methodological issue. Watch the video
Walter Campbell and Melissa Nadel Answer Questions About COVID-19 and Prison Release Reducing prison and jail populations is often viewed as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Walter Campbell and Melissa Nadel explain that it’s not always the best solution. A community may not have housing, jobs, and health services to support someone released. That person could end up on the street and back in jail, spreading the disease in both places and making things worse, not better. And some detention facilities may be able to maintain social distancing and treat those with COVID-19. The best answer will vary from state to state and even county to county.Watch the video
Part 2: Michael Link Answers Questions about Collecting Data During COVID-19 Conducting a survey in the middle of a pandemic is a delicate task—and can make the data collectors—and respondents--uncomfortable. How should data collectors handle it? Michael Link provides some advice. If the survey has nothing to do with COVID-19, data collectors can use the standard text to introduce the survey. If the survey is about COVID-19, however, they should use special language and even provide a hotline number if the topic causes distress for the respondent.Watch the video
Part 1: Michael Link Answers Questions about Collecting Data During COVID-19 Why collect data in the middle of a pandemic? Michael Link explains that the information may be more important now than ever. It’s critical to know the facts on the ground to address the far-reaching issues we’ll face in the post-pandemic world. We need baseline information so we can understand issues, from the effects of interrupted education to working from home. That information is needed to marshal resources and develop plans to address the myriad issues that will emerge. Watch the video
Alexis Marbach Answers Questions on Intimate Partner Violence and COVID COVID-19 increases the risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) in a number of ways. Alexis Marbach, an IPV survivor, explains that shelter-in-place means that people experiencing IPV have more exposure to perpetrators, are isolated from supportive friends and families, and have less privacy for text messaging and emails. What can be done? Increase shelter beds. Train people such as frontline health workers, police, and grocery store employees about resources available to help those experiencing IPV.Watch the video
Jessica Kerbo Discusses Incorporating Graphic Facilitation Into the Virtual Event Landscape During the Coronavirus Pandemic Virtual events are likely to be the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. That means event planners face a serious issue: how to makeg sessions appealing. Innovative graphics can help. In this Ask an Expert video, Abt graphic artist Jessica Kirbo gives tips on how to incorporate graphics into presentations. Event planners should meet with an artist to discuss key points and other messages to convey with graphics. It’s also important to decide on the dissemination method so that the artist develops a graphic appropriate for the platform.Watch the video