University at Albany

Center for Human Services Research

The Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) is located within the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, State University of New York. CHSR has over 25 years of experience conducting evaluation research, designing information systems, and informing policy and program development for a broad spectrum of agencies that serve vulnerable populations. CHSR areas of inquiry cover a wide range of topics including Education and Early Childhood Development, Children and Family Services, Health Care Services, Behavorial Health, Economic and Community Development and Criminal Justice/JuvenileJustice/Youth Development. Characteristic of all CHSR's studies is a focus on rigorous methods, strong stakeholder involvement, and the dissemination of timely, accurate and non-partisan information to guide best practices in service delivery.

OPWDD Time and Motion Study

The Center for Human Services Research is conducting a study to gather observational data regarding the way in which direct care staff support individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities living in certified residential settings across New York State.
The interview team, pictured above, is: (from left - top row) Tom Laporte, Italyia Circelli, Tyler Bellick, Felix Quinones-Nieves, Rachel Kengle. (from left - bottom row) Erin Berical (project lead), Carey Taylor-Noble, Vera Miles.

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    Evaluation & Research

    CHSR uses multiple research methods that are the most appropriate for the research areas of inquiry and populations being studied.

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    Systems & Software Development

    CHSR designs customized computer information solutions to meet the programmatic, administrative, and evaluation needs of human service providers and government agencies.

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    Program Development

    CHSR works with service providers to develop logic models, performance targets, and assist in preparing grant applications.