Selected List of Evaluation Projects:
Health & Nutrition:

District of Columbia WIC Special Projects Grant, for the DC WIC State Agency.  Initiative to determine the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) on fruit and vegetable consumption.

Nutrition Education in the District of Columbia, for Share Our Strength, Inc. and the Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC).  Quick-turnaround regional survey to determine number and types of nutrition education providers; target groups and regions; nutrition education content and format; and funding sources.  Funded by the Case Foundation and Sodexho Foundation.

Regional Assessment of Availability of ‘Medical Homes’ for Maryland Children, for the American Academy of Pediatrics-Maryland Chapter.  Statewide review conducted in compliance with the Federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program.

Health Care for Young Adults, for the Family Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Statewide assessment conducted in compliance with the Federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program.

Health Care Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs, for the Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Statewide assessment conducted in compliance with the Federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program.

Community Environmental Health Research Center (CEHRC) Project, for the Alliance for Healthy Homes (formerly the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning).  National initiative to reduce home lead hazards through education, training, policy change, capacity-building and broad-based partnerships.

Impact of Federal Disclosure Laws to Reduce Health Hazards, for the Alliance for Healthy Homes.  Evaluation of a 15-month initiative to leverage federal disclosure laws to eliminate lead hazards in low-income rental housing.

District of Columbia Community Health Advocacy Initiative (DC-CHAI), for the Center for Community Change.  Project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to establish a consumer-based coalition to increase access to health care for city residents.

Childhood Immunization Initiative, for the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation.  In this $1.7 million project, grants were awarded to nonprofits in 26 cities across the country to increase childhood immunization rates through public awareness, education, and outreach.

Immunization Initiative Transition Grants, for the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation.  Project providing bridge funding to selected grantees from the Childhood Immunization Initiative.

HIV/AIDS:

Administrative Agent Recommendations for the FY2008 Ryan White Title I Priority-Setting for the Baltimore EMA, for Associated Black Charities (Baltimore, MD).  Preparation of recommended funding levels for HIV/AIDS service providers under alternative funding scenarios.  Recommendations based on a wide range of information, including performance data submitted by providers; HIV/AIDS consumer needs and priorities identified by the Planning Council; long- and short-term trends in HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence; changes in the funding environment at the Federal level and in the State of Maryland; and quality of care data collected by the Baltimore City Health Department’s Title I Office.

Meeting the Needs of the Homeless with HIV/AIDS, for Joseph’s House (Washington, DC).  Assessment of demographic and economic profile f homeless and near-poor D.C. residents with HIV/AIDS or terminal illnesses.

Case Management Unit Costing Project, for the District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Administration (HAA).  Initiative to identify services, units of service, and costs for case management services provided by HAA service providers.  Part of contract for “Development of a Client-Based Payment System.”

Medicaid Certification and Unit Costing Project, for the D.C. HAA.  Initiative to identify services, units of service, and unit costs for two HIV/AIDS service providers.  Part of contract for “Development of a Client-Based Payment System.”

Development of a Client-Based Payment System, for the HIV/AIDS Administration (HAA).  Follow-up project to apply the results of a unit cost study conducted 1999-2000.

The Vendor Payment Pilot Project, for the HIV/AIDS Administration.  Assessment of an initiative to reduce payment delays for HAA housing vendors.

The Model Programs Initiative:  A Unit Cost Study, for the District of Columbia Administration for HIV/AIDS (AHA).  This 18-month effort identified program components, units of service, and unit costs for HIV/AIDS housing programs.

Meeting the Housing Needs of HIV-Positive Methadone Maintenance Clients, for the District of Columbia Administration for HIV/AIDS.  A short-term project to identify strategies to ensure that HIV-positive methadone maintenance clients have access to AHA-funded housing.

Criminal Justice:

Follow-up Survey on the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, for the Urban Institute, under a grant from the Enterprise Foundation.

National Process Evaluation of the Comprehensive Gang Model, for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (sub-contract with COSMOS Corporation).  Multi-year gang reduction initiative involving sites in Miami, FL, East Cleveland, OH, Houston, TX and Pittsburgh, PA.

The Jefferson County Juvenile Gun Court:  A Juvenile Justice Bulletin, for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (sub-contract with COSMOS Corporation).  Follow-up report investigating long-term outcomes from a Birmingham, AL gun court.

Students Taking On Prevention:  STOP the Violence, for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).  Evaluation of a two-year project supported through a grant from the Department of Justice.

National Evaluation of the Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program, for the National Institute of Justice (sub-contract with COSMOS Corporation).  Multi-year project to identify and reduce social, geographic, legal, and other barriers for victims of domestic violence.

Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia (MPDC) Restructuring Initiative, for the National Institute of Justice (sub-contract with the Urban Institute).  Multi-year project to assess the impact of policing initiatives under the city’s newly-hired Chief of Police.

Maryland’s Hotspots Communities (HSC) Program, for Office of the Governor (sub-contract with the Urban Institute).  Process evaluation on HSC implementation accomplishments in 35 sites.

Cross-Site Evaluation of the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention (NFCVP), Washington, DC (sub-contract with COSMOS Corporation).  Multi-year project in which eleven local collaboratives planned and implemented a range of violence prevention activities.

Synthesis of Innovative Criminal Justice Practices and Research Findings for Dissemination to the Criminal Justice Community, Abt Associates project for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Washington, DC.  Project involved several tasks, including development of “Issues and Practices” manuscripts providing an overview of the state-of-the-art in a given program or policy area, and identifying programming options.

Community & Neighborhood Development:

Census 2000 Project, for the Center for Community Change (CCC), Washington, DC.  CCC received a Ford Foundation grant to help grassroots agencies increase participation in the decennial census.

Washington Area Partnership for New Citizens, for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area (sub-contract with Association for the Study and Development of Community, ASDC).  Grants awarded to nonprofits providing services to legal immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship.

Initiative to Strengthen Neighborhood Inter-Group Assets, for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area (sub-contract with ASDC).  Two-year, collaborative funding effort to help grassroots organizations build relationships among neighbors of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Organizational Assessment & Development:

Youth Today Survey of Non-Renewals, for the American Center for Youth Work.  Action research project to determine reasons for low renewal rate for this monthly publication.

Youth Today Survey of Non-Renewals, for the American Center for Youth Work.  Action research project to determine reasons for low renewal rate for this monthly publication.

Capacity-Building and Development Grants, for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA), Washington, DC.  Ford Foundation-funded project to provide grants to existing/emerging state associations.

Capacity-Building Program for Youth Service Workers, for the Eisenhower Foundation.  Three-year project providing technical assistance to 15 youth development agencies.  Funded by the DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.

Leadership Development Initiative, for the Center for Community Change, Washington, DC. The Center was awarded $1.8 million from the Kellogg Foundation to train senior staff from community-based organizations.

Education:

Evaluation of the Casa del Pueblo Afterschool/Safe Haven Program, Washington, DC, for the Eisenhower Foundation.  Casa del Pueblo was one of several youth development agencies participating in a capacity-building grant program.  Funded by the DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.

Needs Assessment for the Ideal Alternative School, Washington, DC.  Needs assessment for this independent school serving youths with special education needs.

 

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