Rochester Office
Laura Payne-Bourcy, PhD
8 Parham Drive
Rochester, NY 14526
Syracuse Office
Scott Shablak, PhD
PO Box 35150
Syracuse, NY 13235

Evaluation: Not-for-Profit, Foundations, and Agencies

HEALTH FOUNDATION FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has funded three strategies focused on improving the health of children up to one year old and women of child bearing age living at poverty level. The initiatives include increasing midwifery practice in upstate New York, improving outreach services, and interagency collaboration. The RED Group has been asked to evaluate the nature, quality, and outcomes resulting from support to agencies, as well as the overall Foundation strategy itself.

PROLITERACY WORLDWIDE ADULT LITERACY

The Syracuse-based non-profit organization received Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding from the American Library Association to implement a new program, Adult Literacy: Libraries in Action (ALL in Action). ProLiteracy has developed an online training and supporting web resources to better equip public libraries to serve adult learners. The R/E/D Group is compiling case summaries of libraries in three states who are piloting the program. The purpose of the external evaluation is to gather feedback to inform course design revisions and to offer insights for other libraries nationally to replicate and adapt the ALL in Action program.

PROLITERACY WORLDWIDE: English as a Second Language

The RED Group has provided evaluation services for four foundation-funded national projects. They include Volunteer Based Literacy Pilots: a study of the efficacy of four pilots throughout the U.S.; Fire Safety: efficacy of fire prevention training with English language learners; Citizenship: citizenship and literacy access for non-native English-speaking adults); and Literacy Access: increasing access to basic and workplace education services in U.S

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

The Center for Human Policy, Syracuse University, and several partners received a sizeable grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to develop six technology-based toolkits, designed to improve community living and participation for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The R/E/D Group is evaluating the program fidelity and outputs, as well as identifying replicable practices in design, development, and piloting.

SEVEN VALLEY COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The Council received funding to establish and support the Cortland County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center. The Council is focused on increasing access and availability of services to the LGBT Center. The RED Group evaluation team conducted a county-wide needs assessment, evaluated the practices established, and measured community perceptions of the quality and value of the services.

NEW YORK STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

The RED Group was invited to evaluate the Council’s statewide initiative, Healthy Lifestyles-Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Four demonstration sites throughout the State were funded to replicate a wellness curriculum serving adults with disabilities in work, day hab, and clinical settings. We provided assistance to support implementation and evaluation services to study the outcomes of each program as well as its replicability. RED also designed and developed a website for replicators nationally.

NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION, AND DANCE (AHPERD)

The Healthy Heart Institute operated under the purview of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD). Modeled after programs from the American Cancer Society, the Institute provided professional development for K-12 health and physical education teachers in NYS. The RED Group studied the implementation and impact of the project and provided research-based criteria for measuring the quality of professional development.

CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION - NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONVERSATION

Provided evaluation services to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson Country to evaluate the impact of education programs focused on land stewardship and, more specifically, composting with youth attending (3) summer camps under the agency’s direction.

CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION - NYSERDA

Provided program evaluation services to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson Country to support their grant-effort to build awareness and interest in green technologies and related employment/study with students in a series in rural communities and schools.

CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

The RED Group was asked to provide assessment and evaluation services to this Parent Information Resource Center grant funded for five years by the USDE. The project developed and provided services to schools and families designed to help parents engage in their children’s education in schools across Jefferson and Lewis counties. The RED Group opened a significant partnership between area schools and state and federal funders.

NEW YORK STATE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS GRANTS

Provided evaluation and technical assistance to NYS-funded Community Schools initiatives intended to address gaps in support services for children and their families including health care, counseling, nutrition, after-school programming and job preparation services. Worked with the Watertown City Schools, LaFargeville Central School and McGraw Central on implementing and refining the initiatives as well as sustainability planning.