Evaluations of Programs Addressing Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Overview

To support the Department of Defense in understanding how well programs addressing psychological health and traumatic brain injury are working, RAND is conducting a number of formal program evaluations.

RAND used the information collected from interviews with program administrators and participants from each of the more than two-hundred programs included in the RAND Catalog of Programs to select program evaluation candidates according to a set of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Completed Program Evaluations

  • An Army physician writes on a chart

    Evaluating the Implementation of the RESPECT-Mil Program

    Apr 23, 2015

    The Re-Engineering Systems of Primary Care Treatment in the Military (RESPECT-Mil) Program is a system of care designed to screen, assess, and treat PTSD and depression in Army primary care settings. An independent team used existing program data and discussions with key stakeholders to conduct an implementation evaluation of the program.

  • Marines prepare to jump using a static line

    Pre-Deployment Stress, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Marines

    Dec 15, 2014

    As part of an evaluation of the Marine Corps Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) program, this report describes the methods and findings of a large survey of marines who were preparing for a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in 2010 or 2011. The results are among the first to shed light on the pre-deployment mental health status of marines, as well as the social resources they draw on when coping with stress and their attitudes about seeking help for stress-related problems.

  • Evaluating the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Care Coordination Program

    Aug 26, 2013

    Experts identified innovative practices, continuing challenges, and lessons learned from evaluating a program that follows traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients during and after their military careers.

  • Assessment of the Content, Design, and Dissemination of the Real Warriors Campaign

    Apr 16, 2012

    This evaluation examines the Real Warriors Campaign - a large‐scale multimedia program launched in 2009 designed to promote resilience, facilitate recovery, and support the reintegration of returning servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

  • A master resiliency trainer for the 374th Airlift Wing talks to Airmen about resiliency at the First Term Airmen Center.

    An Evaluation of the Implementation and Perceived Utility of the Airman Resilience Training Program

    May 19, 2014

    Airman Resilience Training (ART) is a psychoeducational program designed to improve reactions to stress during and after deployment and to increase the use of needed mental health services. Its effectiveness is examined as part of an effort to evaluate programs that support psychological health and care for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Maj. Scott Williams, left, is a division
psychiatrist for the U.S. Army.

Photo by: Sgt. Jason Kemp

How Programs Were Selected

Each program selected for evaluation had some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Reaches a large number or proportion of servicemembers
  • Represents a large investment of resources
  • Is unique and/or uses innovative approaches
  • Serves a population that has seldom been studied (e.g., caregivers)
  • Addresses a problem that has rarely or never been addressed by other military programs
  • Has the potential to have a modest-to-large impact on outcomes