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Our work speaks volumes (sometimes literally). Apter & O’Connor collaborates with public-school educators, higher-education faculty, public-health experts, not-for-profit and community-based agency directors, early-childhood professionals, boards, government administrators, community planners, physicians, advocates, and families. Our projects range in scope from community-based to national.

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PROGRAM EVALUATION: TELLING YOUR STORY AND THE IMPACT OF YOUR WORK

21st Century Learning Communities

21st Century Learning Communities

A&O conducts local evaluations for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), a federally-funded program supporting high quality learning centers for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. It features partnerships with school districts and community based youth development agencies.  The programs target students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Tutoring, academic enrichment and a broad array […]

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On Point for College: The Freshman Success Project

On Point for College: The Freshman Success Project

Led by Associate, Dr. Donald Cibula, A&O is providing an outcome evaluation utilizing rigorous statistical mixed-methods to measure progress toward the goals of the Freshman Success Program of On Point for College. Additionally, we are assisting the agency to develop organizational (internal) evaluation capacity by enhancing their existing data system to better track, measure and […]

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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Syracuse University: Project Meaningful Differences

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Syracuse University: Project Meaningful Differences

Project Meaningful Differences is a federally funded project designed to address the critical shortage of speech-language pathologists in urban and rural high-need schools. This 2-Year Masters Program aims to produce competent high-quality clinical service providers, particularly to preschool children with speech and language impairment. A unique aspect of the project is its emphasis on research […]

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Addison Central School District: Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL): Read To Learn Project

Addison Central School District: Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL): Read To Learn Project

The Addison Central School District is comprised of rural communities in New York State’s southern Tier. Following our successful work on their Early Reading First project, the District selected Apter & O’Connor to conduct the evaluation of the federally funded IAL Read to Learn Projects.  A&O is using both quantitative and qualitative analysis with observations, interviews, surveys […]

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Syracuse City School District: High School Graduation Initiative

Syracuse City School District: High School Graduation Initiative

SCSD was awarded a four year Federal grant to tackle high dropout rates and low graduation rates.  The District has contracted with Apter & O’Connor to evaluate the program and document implementation successes and challenges. The High School Graduation Initiative (HSGI) supports any student currently out of school, at-risk of dropping out or not on track for graduation. […]

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Health Foundation of Western and Central New York: Central New York Neighborhood Initiative—Helping Seniors to Age in Place

Health Foundation of Western and Central New York: Central New York Neighborhood Initiative—Helping Seniors to Age in Place

The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York in partnership with the Gifford Foundation is funding a Central New York Neighborhood Action (CNYNAI) Initiative to create and test evidence-based practices that will enable seniors to remain in their homes and own communities as they grow older rather than in nursing homes or other forms […]

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Huntington Family Centers

Huntington Family Centers

The Huntington Family Centers Brighton Tower’s Service Coordination Program needed an independent quality assurance review on a tight timeline. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the program provides residents in this 600 unit subsidized senior housing complex with the personal assistance they need to access resources and services. The review examined the 12-month […]

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Early Reading First: Syracuse City School District, Malone Central School District,  Addison Central School District and Binghamton City School District

Early Reading First: Syracuse City School District, Malone Central School District, Addison Central School District and Binghamton City School District

Early Reading First (ERF) was an early literacy program targeting preschoolers from low income families at high risk of reading failure. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, each of these projects was a multi-year contract (3-4 years) with features to their model unique to each district.  Apter & O’Connor provided rigorous evaluations to support […]

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Transitional Living Services: Harmony in the Home

Transitional Living Services: Harmony in the Home

Harmony in the Home is collaboration between Transitional Living Services (TLS) and Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) in Syracuse, NY. The goal is to reduce stressors in families’ lives by providing flexible funding and supports so families with children with autism can define their own needs and in turn direct their own service plans. […]

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Jowonio School

Jowonio School

The Jowonio School in Syracuse, NY is a not-for-profit pre-school serving young children with a wide range of abilities both at their school site and in community-based settings. Apter & O’Connor was contracted to develop a clear and comprehensible logic model of the key elements of Jowonio’s inclusive programming for an audience of families, staff, […]

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American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA): Every Child By Two

American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA): Every Child By Two

AIRA is a national volunteer membership organization that provides program support, technical assistance and education and training to immunization information systems (IIS) throughout the country. They also sub-contract with Every Child By Two to promote the value and use of IIS among health care providers, families and the general public. Apter & O’Connor was engaged […]

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Syracuse University School of Education: SUmmer College In The City

Syracuse University School of Education: SUmmer College In The City

Syracuse University’s School of Education collaborated with the New York City Department of Education and the High School for Leadership and Public Service in Manhattan to offer SUmmer College in the City to promising high school juniors  to enhance their abilities and motivation to attend college. The evaluation activities over the course of two years […]

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New York State Education Department: Even Start

New York State Education Department: Even Start

Onondaga-Madison BOCES/Children’s Consortium, Binghamton City, Syracuse City, Oswego County BOCES, Lafayette /Onondaga Nation, Wayne County Jail/Lyons Central Schools/Community Action Program Even Start was  a comprehensive family literacy program requiring an annual local evaluation that entailed both a formative assessment of implementation of the model, ongoing review and analysis of data to monitor progress toward state […]

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Syracuse City School District: Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)—E-Portfolio

Syracuse City School District: Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)—E-Portfolio

E-Portfolio, funded by the New York State Education Department was a technology infusion project for middle and high schools. The project called for extensive professional development designed to improve teacher skill and comfort in utilizing technology and in turn improving the skills and comfort of their students. The evaluation provided by Apter & O’Connor utilized […]

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St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center, Syracuse NY: The Children’s Health Innovation Project (CHIP)

St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center, Syracuse NY: The Children’s Health Innovation Project (CHIP)

CHIP was a funded by the National Institute for Mental Health as a system of care grant intended to improve mental health services and outcomes for children and youth. Apter & O’Connor provided a process evaluation, technical assistance for planning that included practitioners, administrators and parents, and a focused inquiry involving a series of interviews […]

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CAPACITY BUILDING: STRENGTHENING YOUR ABILITY TO DO YOUR WORK EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY

City of Syracuse, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development

City of Syracuse, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development

Apter & O’Connor provides consultant services for the City of Syracuse, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development. Our team works with community based organizations that receive US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.  In these times of shrinking funds, we are assisting CDBG agencies to strengthen their capacity […]

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The Gifford Foundation:  ADVANS Consultation

The Gifford Foundation: ADVANS Consultation

Apter & O’Connor is providing consultation and assistance to a wide array of not-for-profit agencies to increase their ability to respond and thrive in the current challenging fiscal climate. Our capacity-building work with health, educational and human service agencies is taking several forms, depending on the needs and “life-cycle” stage of the organization.   As […]

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The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services: Expanding Evaluation Capacity for the Family Place Visitation Program

The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services: Expanding Evaluation Capacity for the Family Place Visitation Program

The Salvation Army received a funding award from the Central New York Community Foundation to develop an internal evaluation plan for the Family Place Visitation Program.  Apter & O’Connor was asked to facilitate a series of meetings with the key stakeholders and program partners to develop the organizational capacity for Family Place to systematically track, measure and report program implementation and […]

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Getting To Outcomes™, The Logic of Contracting With Preventive Programs and Driving With Data

Getting To Outcomes™, The Logic of Contracting With Preventive Programs and Driving With Data

Apter & O’Connor was contracted by SUNY Albany Professional Development Program (PDP) for all three of these statewide projects designed to improve program planning, promote accountability and develop a capacity for evaluation.  Training and individualized follow-up technical assistance to county social service departments, children’s services and preventive service providers was provided by the A&O team […]

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MOBILIZING COMMUNITIES: DEVELOPING AND EVALUATING COMMUNITY-WIDE COALITIONS

Child Care Solutions of Onondaga and Cayuga Counties (CCS): A Child Care Needs Assessment

Child Care Solutions of Onondaga and Cayuga Counties (CCS): A Child Care Needs Assessment

Apter & O’Connor is working with CCS in Central New York to conduct a needs assessment related to the current state of child care.  The Assessment will address child care supply and demand and illustrate the unique child care needs and related work-life issues of families within the two counties.   The methodology includes: a detailed review or […]

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Literacy Powerline

Literacy Powerline

Apter & O’Connor is collaborating with the national organization, Literacy Powerline. The mission of Literacy Powerline is to increase literacy levels through effective and sustainable community collaboration and engagement. Literacy Powerline works with educators, business and labor leaders, philanthropic organizations, civic and faith-based groups, policymakers, literacy providers and students to demonstrate that everyone thrives when a […]

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The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

A&O has joined Literacy Powerline to support the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in communities across New York State. The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on […]

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Central New York Community Foundation: The Literacy Task Force

Central New York Community Foundation: The Literacy Task Force

Apter & O’Connor led the CNY Community Foundation’s initiative to develop community wide indicators to assess literacy in Central New York. A&O conducted background research, guided the management team and facilitated a task force of 25 community leaders and literacy stakeholders through a six-month strategic planning process. Throughout the process we prepared materials and planned […]

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The Westside Community School Strategy (WCSS)

The Westside Community School Strategy (WCSS)

Onondaga County Department of Social Services, City of Syracuse, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, and Syracuse City School District. The WCSS was a comprehensive school improvement project in a high poverty, low achieving quadrant of Syracuse City Schools. The work scope for Apter & O’Connor involved the design of a multi-year internal evaluation plan, overseeing […]

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The Wayne County Task Force for Run Away and Homeless Youth and The Wayne County Housing Consortium

The Wayne County Task Force for Run Away and Homeless Youth and The Wayne County Housing Consortium

Apter & O’Connor developed and analyzed a survey to 792 eighth and eleventh grade students who attended 6 schools in Wayne County a rural community in Western New York.  The survey gathered information related to the prevalence and issues surrounding homeless and/or run away youth. The survey design probed sensitive information in a manner appropriate […]

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