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Deployment Materials Gap Analysis Prepared by: The Arizona Center for Research and Outreach (AZ REACH) University of Arizona October, 2010. Background. In July of 2008, the Department of Defense issued prescribed Guidance for all Service

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Deployment Materials

Gap Analysis

Prepared by:

The Arizona Center for Research and Outreach (AZ REACH)

University of Arizona

October, 2010

background
Background

In July of 2008, the Department of Defense issued prescribed Guidance for all Service

Branches to develop comprehensive deployment materials for Service members and

families:

H.R. 110-181 Sec.582, Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 08-029, “Implementation of the Yellow Ribbon Integration Program”

In January 2010, the Yellow Ribbon Integration Program Office developed

Instruction to support DTM 08-029:

DoD Instruction ‘Core Curriculum Event Specific’ (January 8, 2010)

Service Branches, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Land Grant Universities, and

private sector organizations developed curricula, information sheets, videos, and other

materials to help support Service members and their families transition smoothly through

each stage of the deployment cycle.

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The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, ODUSD (MC&FP), identified the benefit of developing a uniform curriculum to be distributed across all branches of Service, including Guard and Reserve, targeting Service members, spouses, and children.

project goals
Project Goals

Determine the extent to which curricula reported in surveys address key areas of information as prescribed in DoD Policy Guidance

Identify gaps of key information for further development or expansion

Provide recommendations of existing content appropriate for adaptation across all branches of Service

methodology of curriculum review and gap analysis
Methodology of Curriculum Review and Gap Analysis

In February, 2010, the ODUSD (MC&FP) developed and electronically administered a brief survey to all military Service Branches and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/ National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

4-H Headquarters.

The survey identified the following:

  • Deployment curricula currently being utilized
  • The audiences supported by the materials
  • Potential gaps in mandated information
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Methodology of Curriculum Review and Gap Analysis

The University of Arizona constructed and completed a review of deployment support curriculum and resources through a secondary data collection process.

Materials were compiled as follows:

Retrieved electronically attached with surveys

Retrieved online via web links embedded in surveys

Retrieved online through search by identified curriculum name listed in surveys

development of review process and protocols
Development of Review Process and Protocols
  • Curricula and resources developed for Service member and spouse/family audiences regarding each stage of the deployment process
  • 2. Curricula and resources developed to support children and youth during each stage of parent deployment

Materials Reviewed

service member and family curriculum review protocol
Service member and Family Curriculum Review Protocol
  • Development of a matrix including all deployment curricula and resources collected from surveys and categories of DoD prescribed areas of training content
  • Development of a scoring rubric based on DTM 08-029 and DoD Instruction ‘Core Curriculum Event Specific’ draft
  • Assembly of a review team, trained to utilize the rubric and gain an understanding of the curriculum review and scoring process
  • Each curriculum received three (3) independent blind rater reviews to ensure that all materials were carefully reviewed and evaluated per DoD Guidance
service member and family curriculum review protocol1
Service member and Family Curriculum Review Protocol

Materials included training manuals, PowerPoint briefings, online modules, Service member handbooks, handouts, pamphlets, and web sites

Deployment curriculum reviewed included materials from Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Air Force materials were not available

In total, 10 curricula were reviewed during 3 independent rounds by a team of 11 reviewers. To evaluate the degree to which the curricula content met DoD Guidance (DTM 08-029) and DoD Instruction

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Service member and Family Curriculum Review Protocol

Narrative reviews were conducted for an additional 18 resources developed by Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Review Format:

  • Type of Resource
  • Target Population
  • Material Reviewed
  • Objectives
  • Recommended Use of Materials
  • Description and Assessment of Materials

All of the 18 reviewed curricula were recommended for consideration for applicable use across all Service Branches due to the universality of the topics covered.

children and youth support materials review protocol
Children and Youth Support Materials Review Protocol

Materials included video, graphic novel, training manuals, activity booklets, board game, and school curriculum.

Review Format:

Targeted age range

Settings for use of materials

How materials are delivered or utilized with the intended audience (e.g. group facilitation, self-guided)

Recommended skills or experience required to administer the materials

service member and family universal curriculum recommendations
Service Member and Family Universal Curriculum Recommendations

Recommendation and Gap Identification Criteria

Curriculum items that received a mean score of 2.5 or higher were recommended for adaptation across all Service Branches

Curriculum items that received mean scores lower than 2.5, warrant further modifications or expansion to include more information

Curriculum items identified as ‘gaps’ were those in which no information was located throughout all curricula available for review

key findings
Key Findings
  • Many curriculum areas developed per DoD Guidance and Instruction were found to be very comprehensive and well-designed, and subsequently recommended for adaptation across all Service Branches
  • Additional curricula were recommended for adaptation across all Service Branches. Topics include: Car Buying; Home and Personal Safety; and Leadership Skill Development
  • Nearly all topic areas prescribed in DoD Guidance (DTM 08-029) are represented when viewed in the context of examining all Service Branch curricula collectively
key findings1
Key Findings
  • Children and youth materials mostly targeted toward 12-18 yr. age group
  • Materials available for all ages include self-guided, parent/caregiver facilitated and professional facilitated
  • Evaluation of children and youth resources recommended for future to determine scope of use and effectiveness in preparing and supporting youth through parent deployment
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Prepared by:

The Arizona Center for Research and Outreach (AZ REACH)

University of Arizona

For additional information, please contact:

Lynne M. Borden, PI

Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Arizona

bordenl@ag.arziona.edu

520-621-1063

acknowledgements
Acknowledgements

Co-Principal Investigators

Leslie Langbert

Lynne M. Borden

Project Lead Staff

Sandra Duque

Steve Garcia

Christine Bracamonte Wiggs