Research Scholar, Quality Assurance Team (Quality in Social Services Group)
Research scholar, Quality Assurance Team, Quality in Social Services Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Ellen Milshtein has worked at MJB since 2007. Her primary research area focuses on the evaluation of training programs, particularly programs to develop Jewish leadership worldwide. In addition, she has specialized in studies of people with disabilities, sudden loss, and bereavement.
Ellen holds a BA in sociology and education from Bar-Ilan University and an MA in anthropology and sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone at 972-2-6557495.
Kaplan Leadership Program: Mapping of Cohort 2
This report summarizes the findings of the follow-up study of the Second Cohort of the program. The study sought to determine whether program graduates are still working in the Jewish community, if they have changed their roles since graduation, if they use the knowledge, skills, and tools they gained through the program, and the extent to which they are staying in touch with each other.
The Kaplan Program Alumni Activities
This report summarizes the findings of the evaluation of the Kaplan Alumni Program. The Evaluation aimed to assess the expectations, perceptions, and satisfaction of alumni regarding the Kaplan Leadership Program’s post-program alumni activities.
Models and Best Practices for Promoting the Shared Decision Making of People with Disabilities and Their Families
The study’s overarching goal was to lay the groundwork for a discourse on shared decision-making models for the purpose of the pilot planned to begin in selected locations in Israel. The study’s specific objectives were: To refine needs and challenges involved in processes of shared decision-making by people with disabilities and their families; To learn about Israeli and international models of collaboration between professionals and policymakers and people with disabilities and their families in making decisions regarding the latter’s lives; To identify best practices for collaboration in decision making.
The Kaplan Leadership Initiative Evaluation Report: Findings from the Follow-up of the First Cohort (2018-2019) And Second Cohort (2019-2020)
This report summarizes the findings of the follow-up study of the First and Second Cohorts of the program. The study sought to determine whether program graduates are still working in the Jewish community, if they have changed their roles since graduation, if they use the knowledge, skills and tools they gained through the program, and the extent to which they are staying in touch with each other.
Policy, Services, and Quality Standards for the Care of Street Dwellers: An International Review
The goal of this review is to examine the current policies and the services in place across the globe for the population of street dwellers. The review aims to shed light on the following questions: (1) What are the characteristics and needs of the population of street dwellers? (2) What are the approaches adopted to address the needs of the street dwellers, and what are the types of services provided in response to their needs? (3) What are the quality standards of the services provided to the street dwellers?
The Kaplan Leadership Initiative: Evaluation Report Findings from the Second Cohort 2019-2020 and Follow-up of the First Cohort 2018-2019
This is a formative evaluation that seeks to improve the various program components while evaluating the program through close teamwork with the staff. The purpose of the report is to summarize the findings on the second cohort and the follow-up of the first cohort in order to improve the program for the coming one.
Children with ADHD – Identification and Diagnosis Follow-Up Study
This report summarizes a two-stage study on children with ADHD, which examined a variety of topics, including predictors of the disorder, the benefits of early detection, the accessibility and availability of diagnostic services, and treatment.
Pilot for Supervision of Legal Guardians for Personal Affairs: Summary Report
The main goal of the pilot was to help the Office of the Administrator General (public guardian) at the Ministry of Justice design a system to supervise guardians in regard to personal matters so as to identify situations in which guardians are not performing their duties adequately.
Development of an Effective Model of Supported Housing in the Community for People with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In recent years, there has been growing recognition in the West of the importance of increasing the opportunities for people with disabilities to make choices about their lifestyle, including living in independent housing rather than in their parents’ home or an institution. In order to move into independent housing, people with disabilities need preparation, assistance […]
Israel Unlimited Program at the Adler Institute to Support Parents with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In addition to the “usual” parenting problems, parents who have disabilities have to cope with additional difficulties, such as prejudice about their ability to function as parents. The public social services do not provide sufficient support to help these parents cope with the multiple problems they encounter. In 2012, in an attempt to overcome the […]
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Communities of Minsk and Babruysk, Belarus: Executive Summary
MJB surveyed young adults with disabilities served by the Hesed Center in Minsk and Babruysk. The survey was commissioned by JDC with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation. The goal was to describe the situation of the Hesed clients with disabilities and to identify their major needs, in order for JDC to form a basis on which to plan appropriate services.
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Community of Kharkov: Executive Summary
MJB surveyed young adults with disabilities served by the Hesed Center in Kharkov. The survey was commissioned by JDC with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation. The goal was to describe the situation of the Hesed clients with disabilities and to identify their major needs, in order for JDC to form a basis on which to plan appropriate services.
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Communities of Minsk and Babruysk, Belarus
Over the last twenty years in Western countries people with disabilities have been increasingly integrated and included in all areas of life – including education, employment, and social activities. In countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU), including Belarus, people with disabilities remain largely excluded from these spheres and almost no services are available to […]
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Community of Kharkov
Over the last twenty years in Western countries people with disabilities have been increasingly integrated and included in all areas of life – including education, employment, and social activities. In Ukraine, however, people with disabilities remain largely excluded and almost no services are available to them. JDC is working through the Hesed Center, an organization […]
Children and Youth
Preschool Children with Special Needs in Immigrant Families: Barriers to Service Utilization and Proposed Solutions
Conducted due to concern that children with special needs whose parents immigrated to Israel were not getting the services they need to the same extent and with the same efficiency as similar children of non-immigrant Israelis, this study focuses on children with special needs, from birth to age 6 – a critical stage for identifying special needs and starting treatment.
Children and Youth
Mapping of Support Centers for Families of Special Needs Children
The comprehensive mapping identified the relevant government-run and municipal initiatives, and initiatives operated by voluntary organizations. It also identified emerging models that offer a more comprehensive, multi-disability approach.
Ornoy, A., Ovadia, M., Rivkin, D., Milshtein, E., & Barlev, L. (2016). Prevalence of ADHD among 7-9-year-old children in Israel. A comparison between Jewish and Arab populations. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 53(2), 3-9.
Loeff, Y., Rivkin, D., & Milshtein, E. (2013). Children of new immigrants with special needs: Barriers to diagnosis and treatment with suggestions for better services. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 6(4), 493.
Mizrahi, I., Kaplan, G., Milshtein, E., Reshef, B. P., & Baruch, G. B. (2008). Coping simultaneously with 2 stressors: Immigrants with ovarian cancer. Cancer Nursing, 31(2), 126-133.