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The winning paper is selected via a collaborative, multistep evaluation process. No nominations or applications are accepted, and authors are unaware that their work is under consideration. Rather, a panel of scholars reviews all relevant military and veteran family research from the eligible year using standardized assessments. Research publications proceed through several rounds of evaluation until the final selections are made.
In 2018, MFRI partnered with Military REACH at Auburn University to give this prestigious award. Military REACH actively tracks and archives current military family research and is therefore able to provide a comprehensive list of military family research publications to the award panel for evaluation for this award. Like MFRI, Military REACH strives to support military families by bridging the gap between military family research and practice. Military REACH translates research into practice by creating research summaries and providing implications for three primary audiences: military families, helping professionals, and those who work on behalf of military families (e.g., policy makers). Research summaries are distributed through monthly newsletters, on social media (@MilitaryREACH on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest), and presented at national conferences. Military REACH is a product of a cooperative partnership between Auburn University, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This year the award was named after Ms. Barbara Thompson. Thompson worked within the Department of Defense for over 30 years and most recently served as the Director of the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy from 2006 until 2017. After retiring, Thompson has continued to serve families as a member on the Board of Directors of ZERO TO THREE and Child Care Aware of America. Thompson has also been self-employed as a Consultant for over 2 years.

And without further ado, the 2019 winner and finalists for the Barbara Thompson Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award are …

More on the Military REACH Project at Auburn University

The purpose of Military REACH, a cooperative agreement between DOD/USDA, is to bridge the gap between military family research and practice.

Our mission is two-fold: to make research accessible and practical. We strive to put research into the hands of military families, direct service helping professionals, and all those who work on behalf of military families by harnessing collaborative expertise, maximizing technological advances, and actively disseminating products.

Our team critically evaluates and synthesizes military family research related to issues of family support, resilience, and readiness. We identify meaningful trends and practical applications of that research and then deliver research summaries and action-oriented implications to our target audiences.

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