The VETERANetwork team, in partnership with May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, has created an electronic screener that identifies veterans’ risks and helps guide veteran-serving providers through the use of empirical data to inform their investment decisions of the most effective program components to support veterans’ and their families’ well-being. The Veteran-Transition Assessment Tool (V-TAT) was developed from The Veterans Metrics Initiative (TVMI), which collected comprehensive data, across life domains, from approximately 10,000 newly separated post-9/11 veterans over nearly 4 years. The development of the V-TAT applies research results from two dimensions of TVMI to support at-risk veterans:
- Specific risk factors linked to poor well-being outcomes in each of the four domains of well-being (i.e., health [physical and mental], vocation [employment and education], finances [includes legal and housing], and social relationships) and
- Specific program component needs (e.g., program content and process [delivery mechanisms], barrier-reduction strategies used, and sustainability techniques).
A pilot of the V-TAT was conducted in collaboration with veteran-serving providers who offer various services to address at least one to multiple well-being domains. The pilot was designed to identify areas for improvement in terms of the tool’s items, structure, and client reports. Future directions for the V-TAT include translation into a freely available learning management system (LMS) with automatically generated reports for service providers. This would be followed by scale-up with a wide dissemination of the tool for implementation.
If you are veteran-serving provider, please contact for more information about this effort.