Evaluation

Today we live in an outcomes driven society.  We recognize the importance of being able to evaluate your organization’s efforts in a way that will allow you to improve the quality of your programs and services, as well as position you to be a leader in your area of expertise.  We believe evaluation should be a collaborative process. Whether you begin with us during the initial phase of program planning or program development or later in the process, we help you design and utilize methods and instruments to ensure the timely and efficient collection of data relevant to your needs. Data are then summarized back to you in a way that feels accessible, allowing you to discuss statistical outcomes in practical and meaningful ways.

 

Past and ongoing evaluation projects include:

  • JMATE poster thumbnailIn 2008, we conducted a post examination of CSAT’s Effective Adolescent Treatment initiative, examining 36 sites’ ongoing implementation of an evidence based practice. We developed and administered a web-based survey designed to assess which communities were still utilizing the evidence based practice post-federal grant funding and what were the barriers and/or incentives that impacted continued implementation.

  • Vera InstituteIn 2010, we collaborated with Vera Institute’s Reclaiming Future’s Nassau County Initiative to evaluate implementation efforts of an evidence based practice for 31 staff across 6 community agencies. The work in 2010 constituted phase I. Findings from phase I are being used to support phase II work, involving a similar number of staff across 5 agencies.
  • Making Change cover pageFrom 2008 to 2010, we collaborated with SecondGrowth, Inc of Wilder, VT to design and conduct an evaluation of the community-based Making Change program. Making Change is a youth and young adult friendly recovery support group.

  • Spectrum Youth and Family Services DashboardIn 2009, we collaborated with Spectrum Youth and Family Services, a nationally recognized agency serving at-risk, homeless, and runaway youth, to write a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant application for a youth and family focused Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). Spectrum was awarded $1.2 million dollars over three years. We are involved in the evaluation of this effort which involves providing Government Performance and Reporting Act data to the funder, designing, collecting and analyzing both process and outcome data, and providing feedback to Spectrum to facilitate continual quality improvement efforts.