Laura Payne-Bourcy, PhD
8 Parham Drive
Rochester, NY 14526
Scott Shablak, PhD
PO Box 35150
Syracuse, NY 13235
Research and Development
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
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.
COMMUNITY LIVING FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
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.
COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
The Council received funding to establish and support the Cortland County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and 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.
IMPROVING THE INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The RED Group provides support to multiple BOCES and districts throughout the State which have been funded through the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant cycle. Aimed at improving integration of technologies to support student learning and related professional development, each project required a rigorous State-mandated evaluation and an evaluation of local or regional interests.
ENROLLMENT PROJECTION STUDIES
Studied and reported on findings related to population shifts, demographic and other data to inform district planning for Williamsville, Frontier Central Schools, and Fayetteville-Manlius Schools.
HIGHER EDUCATION STEM EDUCATION for MINORITY STUDENTS
The RED Group is currently serving as the evaluator for two multi-year projects at Syracuse University. As the lead institution, SU is partnering with six other research universities and community colleges in the region as the NSF-funded Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) to boost the baccalaureate degree attainment rates of underrepresented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. RED will be conducting a rigorous evaluation of the Alliance-wide collaborative process itself as well as gathering evidence of correlations between the grant-funded project activities and measurable outcomes.
ADULT LITERACY: LIBRARIES IN ACTION
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.
EDUCATION IN GREEN TECHNOLOGIES - 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.
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.
IMPROVE K:12 HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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.
ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FOR HIGH RISK POPULATION
The Department of Justice funded the Lafayette Central School District to implement the nationally-validated model Big Picture Program, an alternative school aimed at keeping high-risk students in school through graduation. The RED Group was asked to evaluate the program over time for purposes of continuous improvement, student outcomes, program value, and long-term sustainability planning.
HIGHER COLLABORATION TO SUPPORT K:12
Used both qualitative and quantitative approaches to measure the improvement in primary and intermediate teachers’ content knowledge in mathematics as well as shifts in related pedagogy. Reported findings for this project involving multiple schools districts in St. Lawrence County in partnership with the State University of New York College at Potsdam. Using Race To The Top (RTTT) funds, the RED Group assisted both St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES and Erie I BOCES in the development of parallel assessment or in providing professional development to teachers.
PARENT INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER
Cornell Cooperative Extension asked the RED Group 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. As a result of this evaluation, The RED Group opened a significant partnership between area schools and state and federal funders.
IMPROVING STEM PRACTICES
The RED Group collaborated with higher education partners at Syracuse University, Utica College, and the College of Saint Rose to evaluate NSF-funded projects aimed at improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) practices and the choices available in the STEM fields to grade 7-12 and higher education students.
INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO LITERACY
Designed, with district leaders (based on student learning needs), Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grants (federal funds) to develop and improve literacy skills for and with students from birth to grade 12 in high-need local educational agencies. McGraw Central School (rural K-12 in Cortland County) and Salmon River Central Schools (rural school serving students of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe) both enacted such programs oriented towards family literacy, promotion of early literacy skills, use of school libraries and librarians to support literacy learning, the integration of technologies and the adoption of validated instructional models.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES-ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
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.
HEALTH CARE, COUNSELING, NUTRITION, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
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.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE - PROLITERACY WORLDWIDE
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.
VIRTUAL ADVANCED PLACEMENT (VAP)
NYSED issues Virtual Advanced Placement grants to BOCES and districts with the intent of making AP content available to students across the state utilizing a range of technologies/instructional platforms. The RED Group worked with Erie I BOCES, Oswego BOCES, Cayuga BOCES and the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES to enact projects to that end - developing, scaling and sustaining these projects.