Category Archives: Research & Analysis

5 Ways to Use Your Program Evaluation Data

Your organization or school has spent a significant amount of time, money and resources on collecting, tracking and analyzing important data about your programs and services. In working with our clients, we often find that many are not doing a good job of sharing this information beyond the traditional annual report. Here are some simple,…

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Federal Program Spotlight: Amber Alert

  This post is part of Transform Consulting Group’s blog series highlighting federal programs that provide education opportunities and/or youth development services in communities. The U.S. Department of Justice AMBER Alert program was instituted in 1996 as an early warning system designed to help find and return abducted children. According to the National Center for Missing &…

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National Head Start Association

From cross-country photo exhibits, to Nike Go Smart on the U.S. Capitol lawn, to the Annual Parent Conference in New Orleans, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) had a busy year in 2014. To kick off 2015, NHSA members took part in the Winter Leadership Institute conference in late January to discuss important policies and…

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Summer Learning Program Enrollment to Increase in 2015?

  A recent Wallace Foundation report reveals higher numbers of parents enrolling children in summer learning programs.  The data collected indicates that more parents are interested in high quality summer learning programs for their children.  Afterschool Alliance compiled a similar report called America After 3PM highlighting an increase in participation rates and demand for high quality summer…

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Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program

Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Foundation offers Mini-Grants of up to $500 to eligible organizations committed to providing innovative and artistic opportunities for children that support creative expression. Educators are challenged to develop a project or program on a budget of $500 or less. Ezra Jack Keats was an accomplished writer and children’s book illustrator. He…

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USDA Farm to School Program: New Resources and January Webinar Kick-Off

  This post is part of Transform Consulting Group’s blog series highlighting federal programs that provide education opportunities and/or youth development services in communities. In an effort to bring more local and regional foods into school cafeterias, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) division of Food and Nutrition Services has developed a Farm to School Program.…

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Hoosier Children: The Latest Data

  With the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count publishes a yearly book that state-level organizations across fifty states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia are able to use for full reports that compare counties across their individual states about the well-being of children and families. The reports…

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Building the Pipeline of STEM Workers

According to a new Brookings report Still Searching: Job vacancies and STEM Skills by Jonathon Rothwell, the need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) workers exceeds the supply. Utilizing workplace skill and educational requirement data as well as advertising duration from millions of job openings, the report highlights the shortage of U.S. workers with STEM…

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Free Fundraising App for Nonprofits

  Nonprofit organizations are always looking for alternate and new ways to fundraise for their cause. In today’s Information Age, technology provides an opportunity for nonprofits to diversify and expand their fundraising efforts. A new fundraising App, Givelify, might be a good solution for your nonprofit organization. Givelify has decided to offer this donation App…

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