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 20 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 training, family support, health care and nutrition, intimate partner violence, and youth development and juvenile justice. Characteristic of all these studies is CHSR’s focus on rigorous methods, strong stakeholder involvement, and the dissemination of timely, accurate and non-partisan information to guide best practices in service delivery.

Sarah Rain and Mandi Breen lead CHSR's National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Project. Interviewers Lorenda Mable and Julia Girardin are assisting in this study designed to measure and improve the impact of independent living services on outcomes for youths transitioning from foster care into independence.

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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.