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Hezel Associates Partners with All Star Code to Provide Monitoring and Evaluation Services

All Star Code has implemented the Summer Intensive program which provides the opportunity for Black and Latino high school boys to acquire computer science knowledge and skills, build a professional network, and be part of a community that promotes professional and entrepreneurial success. Hezel Associates has partnered with All Star Code to provide monitoring and evaluation services and to assist in the development of a data management system. Hezel Associates aims to provide feedback to All Star Code and stakeholders regarding how the Summer Intensive program works, how it benefits students, and how the program model contributes to understanding broader impacts.

Hezel Associates is conducting a mixed methods evaluation of the program, which will include a review of program documents and records, interviews with All Star Code staff and tech industry partners, and pre/post-surveys of participants. Data from these sources, as well as extant data from All Star Code, will be analyzed separately and then synthesized to answer the evaluation questions regarding program implementation and participant outcomes. To help build All Star Code’s capacity for measuring long-term impact, Hezel Associates will also develop long-term impact surveys for implementation in 2018. Evaluation findings will be presented in two reports, one intended for community and stakeholder groups, and one intended for research audiences. As a result of the evaluation, All Star Code and stakeholders will have a better understanding of how the program works and the immediate outcomes for participants.

Hezel Associates Welcomes Kelly Lane

Hezel Associates has hired Kelly Lane as a Research Associate. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, Kelly served as project manager for several state-funded transformative health and behavioral healthcare projects focusing on improving quality of care for Medicaid recipients in New York State. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University where she received her Masters degree in Social Work. 

Find out more about Kelly by clicking here.  

CEO Kirk Knestis to Present at INCLUDES

Hezel Associates CEO Kirk Knestis PhD will be one of eleven presenters at the National Science Foundation INCLUDES Conference: Multi-Scale Evaluation in STEM Education at the University of Tennesee Conference Center in Knoxville. Co-hosted by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and the National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER), the conference will take place on February 23 - 24, 2017.   Dr. Knestis' presentation titled Evaluating STEM Teaching-and-Learning Innovations at Multiple Scales will be Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:45 in the Conference Center.

Interested parties can participate in a live stream of the conference by completing this registration form.


Hezel Associates Partners with WCNY to Develop Enterprise America Outome Measure

WCNY’s Enterprise America program offers classroom curriculum and hands-on learning experience for middle school students. The program provides students the opportunity to learn 21st century skills for college and career readiness. Hezel Associates is providing consulting services to WCNY for development of pre- and post-assessments to measure learning outcomes of students who attend the program. These instruments will be aligned to the program curriculum as well as Common Core State Standards across content areas. Through the use of this assessment with Enterprise America students, WCNY will be able to better understand and demonstrate the impact of the program on students.

Hezel Associates to Speak at Evaluation 2016

Hezel Associates Research Associate Sarah Singer and Senior Research Analyst Andrew Hayman will be presenting a round table session at Evaluation 2016, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, taking place October 24-29 in Atlanta, Georgia. This session, entitled Integration of Program Sustainability into Evaluation  Design, will examine potential challenges and successes of incorporation of program sustainability into evaluation activities, with a particular focus on experiences with higher education programs in which post-grant funding for sustainability of a program, or some of its components, was in question. Their round table session (#1771 in the program) is part of the conference’s Use and Influence of Evaluation track, and is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 10:45-11:30 AM, in Room L403.

CEO Knestis Presenting at Evaluation 2016

Hezel Associates CEO Kirk Knestis PhD will be co-presenting a round table session at Evaluation 2016, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, taking place October 24-29 in Atlanta, Georgia. His session, Designing Evaluations for State and Federal Program Grants, will be led by Jessica Weitzel, Director of Evaluation for Via Evaluation (Buffalo, NY). Topics for the participatory discussion will address the challenges that small firms and independent consultants often encounter when designing evaluations for grant applications that focus on securing program funding—designing evaluation studies simultaneous to program design and proposal writing; working with program staff with limited understanding of evaluation; being responsive to application evaluation requirements while still meeting client needs; and ethical and practical implications of supporting this type of evaluation planning. Their round table session (#1489 in the program) is part of the conference’s Independent Consulting track, and is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 11:00-11:45 AM, in Room A601.

Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Results of its Bridging the Gap Program

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a global organization headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, recently completed a 3-year program to increase awareness of and motivation to pursue zoo and conservation careers among local high school students. Bridging the Gap, funded by the National Science Foundation, included hands-on experiences at four NYC zoos and the New York Aquarium, and consisted of School-to-Career workshops, Career Building weekends, parent events, internships, and community mentoring with zoo staff. WCS recruited 150 students, most of whom self-identified as being Hispanic or African American, over the course of the three years.

Hezel Associates partnered with WCS to help examine the potential impact the programming had on the 150 students who attended. Highlights, found here, indicate that overall, the program increased students’ interest in STEM careers, helped them gain confidence in preparing to attend college, and improved their knowledge of wildlife sciences.

A colorful booklet, featuring participating student stories, can be found here. Hezel Associates’ final report is available here.

Knestis Presenting at NCURA

Hezel Associates CEO, Kirk Knestis, is presenting this week with two grant-writing and evaluation colleagues at the 2016 Pre-award Research Administration Conference of the National Council of KK-webUniversity Research Administrators (NCURA) in New Orleans. Their concurrent session, titled Proposal Preparation and Evaluation Planning: Key Considerations for Successful Integration, will share an overview of Hezel Associates’ time-tested approaches to coordinate research and evaluation design and content into proposals for grant-funded programs. Topics will include research conception; relationships of theory to proposed evaluation plans; data collection and analysis; and clarifying roles, responsibilities, and qualifications for proposal partners.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, at 10:15am.
Click here to view the program: http://www.ncura.edu/Portals/3/PRA%202016/PRApreliminary.pdf


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