Apter & O’Connor is excited about our new partnership with 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 community is committed to 100% literacy.
Their founder, Margaret Doughty says it best: “Community literacy has a short history for a revolutionary idea. Literacy Powerline was one of the first to recognize the power of linking stakeholders, neighborhoods and services together to increase literacy levels.” Along with LiteracyPowerline Network Partner Kim Scott, Apter & O’Connor will offer strategic planning, needs assessment and evaluation expertise to coalitions across the country to develop effective and highly accountable literacy initiatives within their own communities.
The Utility and Value of a Statistical Approach to Converting Program Data to Useful Information. This was the title of a workshop presented by Dr. Don Cibula of Apter & O’Connor Associates at the CNY Community Foundation this spring. The Community Foundation invited Apter & O’Connor to share their evaluation expertise with the eight local agencies that are recipients of the Performance Management Grant funding. These funds are intended to help organizations assess their effectiveness through better internal data collection and measurement. A few of Dr. Cibula’s key points were:
• Graphic displays are an effective means of converting data to information and conveying that information.
• Probabilities associated with test statistics for samples are the basis for deciding whether true differences or relationships exist in the whole population.
• Most test statistics can be productively considered to be a fraction or ratio of “signal to noise”. Large ratios for a sample generally indicate there’s a real “signal” in the population.
• A statistical approach to understanding program data can provide strong support for reaching program goals and objectives.
Apter & O’Connor is working with one of the grantees, Jowonio School more intensively to assist in the articulation of their model of inclusive programming and develop their organization capacity for systematic tracking of the school’s impact on the children, families, staff and community.