We design research projects to answer client’s important questions.
We design research projects to answer client’s questions.
Based on decades of experience in the field and at major research universities our skills include:
- Choosing a research design: Randomized control group, clinical trials, quasi-experimental, non-experimental, meta-analysis, and big data solutions.
- Identifying data collection metrics: Developing instruments or surveys that quantify your constructs of interest.
- Developing and testing statistical models: Identifying variables that influence research outcomes.
- Conducting power analyses and identifying statistical techniques to help answer your research questions.
- Supporting your capacity to get through the IRB process in a timely manner.
- Gathering information systematically to help ensure its reliability and validity.
- Establishing data bases: Entering data into SPSS, Excel, or other computer program, along with cleaning files before analysis.
- Designing an analysis plan that keeps the PI informed of early data trends through project completion.
- Analyzing data: Using simple descriptive statistics to advanced statistical modeling to understand outcomes.
- Providing advanced analyses. We will analyze your data using advanced statistical techniques – Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Covariance (ANCOVA), Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and Covariance (MANCOVA), Multiple Regression (MR), Exploratory (EFA) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA), Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), etc.
- Communicating results: Meeting project needs (presentations, publications, sponsor’s requirements, in-house reports, etc.).
- Mentoring: Senior-level administrators in topics that include research design, data collection, analyses, and reporting results.
- Teaching: Mid-level program managers about research fundamentals so organizational capacities can be built in-house.
Please contact us to discuss your research needs, timelines, and available funding.
Providing timely feedback and valuable data to decision makers.
Evaluation takes place within an organizational and a political context. Thus, it requires sensitivity to various stakeholder groups, political dexterity, management abilities, and interpersonal and written communication skills. Funder’s requirements for reporting of project outcomes often change during the life of the grant.
Through establishing collaborative partnerships:
- Information gathering strategies will be designed to provide the most reliable, valid, and timely data, based on available resources.
- Evaluation designs will mirror those commonly used in research (i.e., randomized control group, experimental, non-experimental or quasi-experimental; qualitative or anthropological; management- or participant-oriented; meta-analysis or secondary analysis).
- Appropriate evaluation typologies will be used for your specific project (i.e., formative and summative, needs or evaluability assessment, process and implementation evaluation, outcome and goal attainment evaluation, impact evaluation, return on investment).
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews will be completed to meet funders’ requirements.
- External (independent) evaluator on federal and donor projects (i.e., STEM/NSF; ACF; DOE; H&HS; NIH).
- Evaluation questions will be developed and measurement of critical benchmarks will be established.
- Logic models will be developed and reviewed annually to help keep the project on mission.
- Getting to Outcomes (GTO) monitoring of a program’s early development stage through its sunset stage.
- Information will collected using traditional or modern social media avenues.
- Data analysis techniques will be selected to answer specific evaluation questions.
- Results will presented in needed formats (e.g., scientific terminology, stakeholder language, visual representation, case study).
- Reports will be produced to meet client’s current needs and to help secure future funding.
- Data debriefings will help to enhance an organization’s capacity to tell others about its services.
To discuss your evaluation needs and desires please contact us.
Big Data Analysis
Scientific data collection and analysis from numerous sources.
- BIG DATA – you have probably heard this term being used and perhaps you have even googled the term to get a quick overview of its use. Our resource page contains three powerful videos which illustrate the visual power of big data.
- Some say “big data are good data” and believe that it will change the way we live, work, and think.
- Based on your mission statement, organization’s development level, and capacity to fund new endeavors are you ready to use big data? A few basic questions will help you focus on your next steps.
- Have you maximized the internal and extant data sources you already have within your organization?
- Does your five year plan identify how you will incorporate new data collection methods to track your community impact? Program outcomes?
- How have you used social media archival data to meet stakeholder information needs?
- Do you have the capacity to fund a new endeavor which will help maintain your organization’s operational capacity?
- Are you in need of short-term or long-term assistance in developing a big data vision for your organization?
Please contact us to discuss how we might support your use of big data in meeting the needs of your organization, community, and beyond.
Sharing your success stories, accomplishments, and new ventures.
- Numbers tell and stories sell. . . let us help you scale-up your human interest stories and mission-accomplished releases to the public.
- Various traditional text, video, or other social medial methods can be used depending on the audience you are interested in reaching.
- Data dashboards are so 2010, yet often they are not used for sharing information in-house.
- The power of visually representing your data should not be overlooked. Check out the the first three videos in our resource area.
- Case studies may be old-school, but they are still effective in communicating a significant life change.
- Return on investment (ROI) reports became popular about 10 years ago. They take a long time to do. Often human service organization don’t have the capacity to merge client information with other inhouse and extant databases.
- Video presentations are very popular because they can be posted on various social media outlets. Identify a person with the capacity to communicate a message, who is passionate about your topic and is confident in front of a camera.
- Perhaps FACEBOOK has had its day. Yet it still can be used to get the word out if you or your organization have lots of friends.
- Powerpoint presentations, guest speakers, or presentations at professional conventions can be recycled. Check out the two presentation found on the resource page.
- Consider using the interview format. Identify a person who knows your organization well to be interviewed (board member, client, staff, manager, etc.).
- It is wise to have staff identify and write-up program successes stories they are seeing in your organization. Although staff members may not always have strong writing skills, they can identify mission-focused success stories that can be written up by someone else.
Please contact us with your story-telling wants and needs; we will work with you to develop a strategic message for release.