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VA Collaborative Evaluation Center (VACE)

VA Collaborative Evaluation Center (VACE)

A highly collaborative VA “virtual center” composed of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods evaluation experts.

Evaluate implementation of VA initiatives to assess effectiveness and barriers and facilitators to implementation, as well as unintended consequences.

Work collaboratively with operational partners to ensure evaluation outcomes are relevant and useful for program improvements and sustainability.

Benefits of the collective VACE experience

Highly responsive to needs of program office.

Able to quickly address emerging evaluation questions.

Leverage cumulative experience from conducting multiple studies with overlapping foci (e.g. access to care).

Bring knowledge and methodological rigor from one study to another.

Provide multi-specialty perspective on evaluation (e.g., primary care and specialty care).


Group began in 2011 through a competitive award from VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and Office of Specialty Care (OSC) to conduct partnered research and evaluation while meeting the operational needs of the OSC

Developed a longitudinal, mixed methods evaluation of the recently launched national initiatives to improve delivery of specialty care to Veterans:

  • Electronic Consults (E-consults)
  • Specialty Care Access Networks-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO)
  • Specialty Care Mini-Residency Program (SC-MRP)
  • Specialty Care Neighborhood (SCN)

Current Projects

Project ATLAS Evaluation
Assess implementation and impact of the ATLAS telehealth project connecting rural Veterans to VA care in community settings
ED Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) Program Evaluation
Assess VA ED OSI program to understand impact on prescribing rates and provider prescribing practices
FLOW3 Evaluation
Assess the implementation of the FLOW3 prosthetic procurement process within the VA
HAPPEN Evaluation
Assess the impact and cost of the hospital acquired pneumonia prevention by engaging nurses (HAPPEN) intervention
National GI CRC Screening/Surveillance Evaluation
Assess patterns of use of the Colorectal Cancer (CRC) screening program to identify problem areas requiring intervention and impact on clinical outcomes
Scribe Pilot Evaluation
Qualitatively assess patient and provider satisfaction and implementation of the VA’s Mission 507 Medical Scribe pilot
Mobile Prosthetic and Orthotic Care EWI Evaluation
Collect and evaluate data pertaining to need for mobile O&P services throughout the Enterprise




Michael Ho

Juliana Barnard

Kelly Blanchard

Richard Blankenhorn

Ariel Briggs

Evan Carey

Brigid Connelly

Nathalie Dieujuste

Kelty Fehling

Bill Feser

Thomas Glorioso

Gary Grunwald

Elise Gunzburger

Rachel Johnson

Rachael Kenney

Rob Klocko

Marcie Lee

Chelsea Leonard

Grace Liu

Katie Magid

Joseph Simonetti

Adnan Syed

Melanie Whittington

Piper Williams


David Au

Lucas Donovan

Megan Moldestad

George Sayre

Jeff Todd-Stenberg

Jessica Young

Ashley Mog

Val Petrova

Blake Wood


Dave Aron

Sherry Ball

Chris Firestone

Rene Hearns

Lauren Stevenson

Krysttel Stryczek

Tai-Lyn Wilkerson



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