Project Description

Jeanette Harder, Ph.D.,

Professor/Project Director

Jeanette Harder has been a professor in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) since 2004. She is the founder and director of Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs), housed in the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. As a university-based program evaluation center, Dr. Harder and her team of faculty, graduate students, and community professionals provide program evaluation and needs assessment services locally to nonprofit organizations and statewide to Nebraska DHHS.

Dr. Harder teaches research, program evaluation, and macro practice courses to graduate-level social work students using service-learning and other community engagement approaches.

Dr. Harder’s research interests are broad, with a focus on program evaluation of social service programs and child abuse prevention in faith communities. She is the author of two books on child abuse prevention:1) Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect (2010); and 2) For the Sake of a Child: Love, Safety, and Abuse in Our Plain Communities (intended audience: Amish and Old Order Mennonites).

Dr. Harder is the co-founder and a board member of Dove’s Nest, a nonprofit organization that seeks to “empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities.” Through Dove’s Nest, Dr. Harder provides cultural awareness training to child welfare, law enforcement, and healthcare professionals serving Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities. She also provides leadership, training, and consulting in child abuse and neglect prevention in faith-based communities. She provides external facilitation services to faith-based institutions impacted by sexual abuse and harassment.

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