Evaluation & Research  

  • Design evaluations and research studies utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Conduct evaluation studies using primary and secondary data
  • Analyze data and provide useful feedback to service providers and policy makers

Designing Evaluations and Research Studies

CHSR uses multiple research methods that are most appropriate for the research purpose and populations being studied. CHSR staff have experience with sampling design, conducting extensive literature reviews, constructing surveys and interview instruments, developing focus group questions, and assessing the reliability and validity of existing data. We are familiar with standardized measurement tools and can assist recommending them as needed.

 

Conducting Evaluations and Research Studies

CHSR staff are well versed in the art of content analysis; participant observation; different means of survey administration, including telephone, mail, and on-line surveys; telephone and in-person interviews with and without computer assisted personal interview systems (CAPI); leading focus groups; extracting data from case files and agency databases; and conducting document reviews.

 

Analyzing Data and Providing Feedback

CHSR staff have extensive experience in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. Staff are skilled at managing and analyzing large and small data sets using the most appropriate statistical methods and programs. Findings are presented to offer usable feedback to a wide range of stakeholders including sponsors, agencies, service providers, families, and the general public. We have mapping graphics and capacities to visually display data in a variety of ways consistent with partner needs. CHSR produces evaluation briefs, policy papers, and technical reports for our clients; we actively present at conferences across the country, and we publish in peer-reviewed journals.

 

Evaluation & Research Projects


Education & Early Childhood Development

CHSR’s expertise in evaluations of education and early childhood development include both process and outcome studies. We work closely with the Albany City School District to inform and assess the implementation of new initiatives. We also partner with local and state organizations to evaluate training and professional development programs.

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Children & Family Services

CHSR’s work in the area of children and familiy services includes evaluation and research, and systems and software development for two statewide Healthy Families America programs. Additional projects in this area reflect our expertise in evaluations of programs designed to strengthen families and enhance interagency collaboration in the provision of services.

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Health Care Services

CHSR’s work in the area of health care evaluations of programs designed to assist and enhance the development of healthy lifestyles. Our portfolio includes assessments of eating habits and access to nutritious foods, and access to health care services, including mental health care.

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Behavorial Health

CHSR works with agencies and organizations across the state on investigative studies designed to inform and educate communities and improve mental wellness conditions for adults, adolescents and children.

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Economic & Community Development

CHSR’s scope of work in Economic and Community Development covers a diverse range of topics that have shaped successful partnerships with organizations such as the NYS Department of Health and the Corporation for National and Community Service in an effort to identify strengths, challenges and best practices. We collect, research and evaluate data using multiple methods that include qualitative, process and outcome studies.

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Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice/Youth Development

CHSR’s portfolio includes process and outcome studies of local and state initiatives designed to address the impact of juvenile justice programs on youth. We conduct evaluations of prevention programs as well as models of organizational and systems change.

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Data Management and Analytics Center (DMAC)

DMAC provides data management and analytics support to researchers at the University at Albany within the Center for Human Services Research. Our customized research support services include: consulting, research partnerships, and workshops.

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Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-5762
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