Grant and Contract News

The School of Social Welfare’s Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) has been awarded the following grants with:

  • U.S. Department of Justice – Evaluate a parental engagement intervention with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region, which serves at-risk youth in four upstate New York counties. With the help of a nearly $500K grant, CHSR will utilize a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the pilot project and measure the effects of parental engagement on enhancing the mentoring relationship and reducing the precursors to juvenile delinquency.
  • NYS Department of Criminal Justice Service (DCJS) – Assess a front-end juvenile justice reform initiative designed to reduce youth placement and detention.
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Office – Provide data support and analysis for Albany’s Promise, an educational reform and community development initiative in three inner city neighborhoods.
  • NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) – Develop a data system for statewide prevention programs including Kinship Care, Post Adoption, and Child Welfare/Domestic Violence Collaborations.
  • Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) Evaluate a police home visiting initiative offered to families affected by domestic violence.
  • Adirondack Rural Health Network – Assist in the development of logic models and evaluation of programs.
  • Albany City Police Department – Assess a Juvenile Justice Mobile Response Team designed to match the juvenile justice response to the level of risk posed by youth arrested in the City of Albany. The ultimate goal is to prevent juvenile justice system involvement for low-risk youth who have committed minor offenses. The project aims to increase the use of pre-arrest diversion programs and referrals to informal diversion at Albany County Probation, while decreasing the use of pre-arraignment detention, ultimately reducing referrals to family court. LuAnn McCormick, principal investigator, and Susan Dietzel, research scientist, designed the 18-month evaluation, funded by a New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services grant.
  • An Anonymous Donor provided a challenge grant to support the evaluation of the University at Albany’s Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program, a unique job-creation partnership between the University’s Schools of Social Welfare and Business and the Small Business Development Center; SEFCU; and Empire State Development (ESD). SEED is the Capital Region's first character-based microloan program. The evaluation will be conducted by CHSR.

CHSR has also recently contracted with the following:

  • Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) – CHSR will conduct a workforce study with Sarah Horan as the lead. This is a new state agency partner for CHSR and it is anticipated to be an annual project.
  • Adirondack Rural Health Network – CHSR will conduct an online community-based survey of the Adirondack regional community with LuAnn McCormick as principal investigator.
  • Council of Children and Families – CHSR will conduct a study of child care providers in New York state, in partnership with the Center for Technology in Government.
  • Health Research Inc. is negotiating a new agreement with CHSR to conduct another evaluation of the effects of calorie posting in fast food restaurants as well as the media campaign associated with the initiative.