Creative Research Solutions (CRS) is evaluating the High Demand Career Initiative-Metropolitan Atlanta (HDCI MA) that was launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2014 with the goal of measuring its impact. HDCI seeks to integrate public and private workforce development. To support this goal, CRS is developing evaluation tools to understand perceptions of HDCI MA’s increased communication, connectivity, coordination, and collaboration. CRS will be gathering data from WorkSource Board members, sector leads, and employers to accomplish this. The results will indicate the extent of change and what could be done better to foster and sustain change as the initiative continues.
Creative Research Solutions completed data analysis for a diversity audit baseline study for Agnes Scott College. The purpose of this research was to understand student, staff, faculty, and alumnae perspectives and experiences with diversity and inclusion on campus. Transcripts from seven, 75-90 minute focus groups were analyzed, and the de-identified data were used to compile a report. Top level administration at the college were given a confidential, separate appendix as an addendum. Additional data analysis and training will occur.
Our firm, in partnership with Alvin Glymph, evaluated the 7-year, multi-partner, statewide College Access Challenge Grant, designed to increase degree attainment among adults with some college and among under-served, minority youth populations (including foster and homeless youth). This included primary and secondary data collection, data analysis, reporting, and conference presentation data. We assisted the USG Board of Regents with presenting key data that will allow for future and ongoing partnerships and financial support for this important educational intervention. This project included stakeholders and partners from K-12 education, post-secondary education, business, nonprofits, and government.
We evaluated Accelerating Opportunity, a 3-year initiative that enabled participants to earn a GED and workforce certification in a dual-enrollment program at technical colleges throughout the state of Georgia. This multi-partner, cross-sector initiative enabled participants to gain jobs in high-demand fields such as welding, nursing, and early childhood education. Our evaluation methodology included interviews, focus groups, partnership analysis, statistical analysis, surveys, and a Cost-Benefit analysis. The evaluation illustrated that the project was successful in meeting its objectives (# of certifications and partnerships) and added immense value to the state of Georgia.
In an ongoing project, Creative Research Solutions has supported a quantitative evaluation of Morehouse School of Medicine’s U54 Neuroscience Enrichment Program. CRS conducted and managed survey data collection and analysis, and worked with the qualitative evaluation team to generate annual reports to support the ongoing development of the program.
Our firm is evaluating the outcomes of Emory University’s ongoing Research Experiences in Introductory Laboratories (REIL) Project. This goal of the REIL project is to develop a faculty network supporting the use of authentic research experiences in undergraduate Biology curriculum.
Creative Research Solutions is leading an ongoing evaluation of programs and services offered by WINGS for Kids at three elementary schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area for this after-school, social-emotional learning (SEL) program. Our evaluation has helped WINGS measure its outcomes, identify challenges, and improve the quality of its services. Our work with WINGS includes utilizing an online data management system to collect and report participant data. Outcomes to date have illustrated key ways to maximize partnerships between institutions and WINGS, as well as further documenting the proven model of SEL-based programs in increasing academic performance.
Creative Research Solutions evaluated six programs offered by DeKalb County using survey data collected the previous year. Based on the results of the evaluation DeKalb County was able to identify new ways to strengthen its programs and support the communities it serves.
Creative Research Solutions assisted RRISA (now known as New American Pathways) in an evaluation of its programs on behalf of AmeriCorps. This project involved analysis of existing data to assess the impact and reach of the program.
Creative Research Solutions conducted an evaluation of the Institutional Advancement Program’s impact at one of UNCF’s client institutions. Our evaluation involved a site visit to the institution with focus groups and interviews of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to assess how UNCF’s efforts had supported the institution as a whole and to provide recommendations to better support its future clients.
We completed a retrospective impact evaluation of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, an international girl-led social awareness and fundraising initiative. This evaluation covered its first 5 years of operation, which raised $7.2 million for UN programs with more than 2,000 global partners and affiliates from 2010 to 2015. This data enabled Girl Up to improve its service offerings to its participants and to capture key data that demonstrated impact for scaling up and increased outreach.
Creative Research Solutions serves as the evaluation team for Spelman College’s First in the World Grant Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Creative Research Solutions performed analysis of student academic data, and conducted site visits to the program at participating colleges to ensure Project GRAD had the necessary data to report its results to its funders and to the local school system.
Our firm completed an evaluation of the American Friends Service Committee’s Atlanta Economic Justice Program, measuring its local and statewide impacts from 2012 to 2015.
Creative Research Solutions partnered with Evergreene Research and Evaluation to conduct an evaluation of the HistoryMakers Museum’s ScienceMakers program. Our work included site visits to several science centers across the United States to observe program activities and conduct surveys of program participants.
Creative Research Solutions has worked with CGTC in support of the institution’s ongoing development. CRS conducted analysis of institutional data in support of CGTC’s Quality Enhancement Plan as part of its standard accreditation requirements. A second project involved conducting focus groups at the institution to assess faculty, staff, and student perceptions of equity and diversity at the institution.
This ongoing evaluation project measures the outcomes of project-based learning courses and curriculum across several disciplines and campuses.
Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum served as Lead Facilitator for the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Child Well-Being Index Workshops. Held for partners and grantees, the workshops were designed to facilitate the process of creating a common measurement framework to move the needle on child well-being for children, families and communities in the Greater Atlanta Area. Our firm completed this project in partnership with Glymph and Associates.
Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum and Dr. Travis Tatum served as Co-Facilitators for Valencia College’s Executive Leadership Retreat (West Campus). The retreat was designed to identify shared and distinctive measurements of success for the College’s multi-year Campus-Wide B.I.G. Plan.
Educational Equity and Inclusion Consulting
Creative Research Solutions conducted focus groups at the institution to assess faculty, staff, and student perceptions of equity and diversity at the institution.
Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum is Project Director for an international STEAM, leadership, and career-focused curriculum development project. This project focuses on middle school girls of color and will be piloted in 2018.
Dr. Travis Tatum has served as an ADVANCE consultant at the University of Virginia, supporting faculty search committees in their efforts to eliminate bias and increase the number of women and minority faculty in STEM fields.
Creative Research Solutions is assisting SBDH in creating a framework for understanding Data Science Programs across different types of higher-ed institutions in the United States. This Pilot Study will help initiate the Data Science Education Network.
Dr. Travis Tatum serves as an Extension Services Consultant with NCWIT to help colleges and universities identify and evaluate strategies to recruit and retain more undergraduate women in Computer Science and related majors.