Research Efforts

Measuring and communicating the wellness of Team RWB members, assessing the impact of programs and analyzing the implications for all veterans and American communities.

In 2016, the Eagle Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) saw important growth in its ability to measure, analyze, and communicate the impact of Team RWB’s programs on veterans and American communities. In 2016, we conducted the Team RWB annual survey, which yielded responses from over 5,000 Team Members. Findings from the 2016 annual survey highlighted the increased enrichment that comes from serving as an Eagle Leader. In 2016, we created a measurement tool designed to measure “enrichment” of Team RWB veterans, active duty members, and civilians. In early 2017, we plan to scientifically validate this scale for usage across diverse populations.  Team RWB has actively contributed to the growing knowledge basis in the veteran serving space, as well as other disciplines, such as mental health, nursing, and criminology.

Our research has shown that the most active members experience the most enrichment. This is especially true of our Eagle Leaders. Enrichment comparisons between 814 Eagle Leaders and 3,763 team members, demonstrated that Eagle Leaders reported more improved health, genuine relationships, and more found purpose in life because of Team RWB than non-leaders.

IVMF Report

Team RWB Research

Enriching Veterans Lives Through an Evidence Based Approach: A Case Illustration of Team Red, White & Blue

This paper marks the launch of a new IVMF series focused on the critical topics of program evaluation, performance measurement, and evidence-based practice (EBP). The purpose of the series is to inform the broader community of veteran and military family serving organizations by highlighting examples of veteran and military serving organizations employing various methods of EBP, program evaluation, and assessment. By highlighting leading practices across the U.S., this series aims to promote learning and greater impact in service delivery across our nation’s evolving and maturing community of veteran and military organizations. This case illustration highlights the evaluation efforts of the rising veteran and military serving organization Team Red, White & Blue. The paper highlights how Team RWB integrates theory and research to drive its programming as an evidence-based wellness intervention and, in turn, produce data to inform its own organizational practice.

 

Team Red White and Blue Study: Enriching the Lives of America’s Veterans

The cornerstone of the TRWB mission is to enrich Veterans’ lives. We define enrichment as “creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall well-being.” Our goal was to survey all Team RWB members through an online survey on their self-reported perceptions of enrichment: connectivity, shared purpose, the civilian-military divide, well-being, and life satisfaction since joining the team. We also looked at enrichment based upon how active Veterans reported they were in TRWB events (“less active” or “active”). In the one week period our survey was open for response, 4,034 Veteran, active duty military, and civilians responded.

 

Team Red White and Blue: Leadership Matters

We surveyed volunteer RWB leaders in December 2014, with a self-report, computer administered survey. The questionnaire was designed based upon our definition of leadership and the academic literature, and pilot tested by ten full time employees.103 Chapter Captains (“CC”) and 200 volunteer leaders in non-CC positions (“other leaders”) responded to the survey.

 


Related Research

Hitting the Trail While Wearing Red, White, and Blue

Michael Otto is a Professor of Psychology at Boston University and co-author of Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being.

 

Reintegration Problems and Treatment Interests Among Iraq and Afghanistan Combat Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care

Dr. Sayer, Dr. Noorbaloochi, Dr. Carlson, Ms. Gravely, and Dr. Murdoch are affiliated with the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1 Veterans Dr., Minneapolis, MN

 

Evaluation Of Physical Activity Habits In Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Assis MA, Mello MF, Scorza FA, Cadrobbi MP, Schooled AF, Silva SG, de Albuquerque M, da Silva AC, Arida RM. Evaluation of physical activity habits in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinics. 2008;63:473-8

 

Exercise Interventions for Mental Health: A Quantitative and Qualitative Review

Georgia Stathopoulou, Mark B. Powers ,Angela C. Berry, Jasper A. J. Smits, Michael W. Otto

 

Commitment to Our Military, Veterans, and Families

Booz Allen is privileged and honored to help public, private, and not-for-profit organizations build an integrated network of support for veterans and their families through a variety of services including research.

 

Veterans Reintegration: A View from the States

Directors of veterans services urge stronger outreach and increased collaboration to close gaps between needs and available services.

 

On Aerobic Exercise and Behavioral and Neural Plasticity

Aerobic exercise promotes rapid and profound alterations in the brain.