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Hezel Associates Staff Judge SUNY ESF Science Fair

Hezel Associates' CEO Kirk Knestis and Senior Research Analyst Sarah Stewart recently had the privilege of judging the SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry (www.esf.edu) Environmental Challenge – a science fair and career exploration opportunity designed especially for all Syracuse City School District seventh and eighth grade students.

The Environmental Challenge encourages student research, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking in hopes of exploring science and science-related careers. Students from 12 schools across the Syracuse City School District presented over 300 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects and were judged on the quality of science, their presentation, and their ability to answer questions.

Hezel Associates is proud to engage and encourage local students as they aspire to learn more about the STEM fields of study!



Eileen Ziobrowski Joins the Team

Hezel Associates has hired Eileen Ziobrowski as a Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, she served as the evaluator for two US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention grants in Syracuse, NY, and Boston, MA. She has also acted as an independent consultant to the NYS Education Department and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. Eileen holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from SUNY Albany and will be contributing to Hezel Associates’ broad range of education and labor projects.

Find out more about Eileen by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/laivxx

Official announcement in Syracuse's Post Standard: http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/06/company_news_eileen_ziobrowski_joined_hezel_associates.html


Hezel Associates to Evaluate NHTI’s TAACCCT IV GET IT Program

NHTI, Concord’s Community College in New Hampshire (www.nhti.edu), has hired Hezel Associates as the third party evaluator for their Growing the Economy through Information Technology (GET IT) program. GET IT has been developed through a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant and is intended to create new facilities and delivery options for information technology programs, ultimately expanding the capacity of these associate degree and certificate programs.

Hezel Associates is tasked with assessing the implementation of the GET IT program and the impact it has on students. We are examining specific research questions regarding how and with what quality the program was implemented, as well as what student outcomes were attained in terms of employment and wage changes. Frequent formative feedback from Hezel Associates will assist GET IT project staff in making informed programmatic improvements along the way.

Click here to learn more: NHTI-Concord's Community College TAACCCT (Round 4)


Hezel Associates to Evaluate CAMI – Connecticut’s TAACCCT Round IV Project

Manchester Community College (MCC; www.manchestercc.edu) has been awarded a grant by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) to be the lead institution for a Connecticut state-wide initiative. The Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (CAMI) project, supported by a US DOL Round IV Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, aims to introduce new advanced manufacturing programs in mechatronics, machining, and welding to colleges throughout the state. MCC will lead 13 partner institutions to successfully train individuals to fill high-skill, high-wage jobs in advanced manufacturing.

Hezel Associates, LLC has been contracted by MCC to conduct an external evaluation of this project in order to monitor implementation, provide formative feedback for project improvements, and assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals for students. Hezel Associates will use a quasi-experimental, matched participant design with a comparison cohort to assess the impact of CAMI activities on desired career and educational outcomes.

To learn more about this innovative project, visit the website below: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&Q=553964


Hezel Associates Collaborates Once Again with SIUE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE; www.stemideas.org) was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF; www.nsf.gov) to implement Digital East St. Louis (DESL) as part of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) initiative. Hezel Associates has been contracted to assist with the building of the DESL project’s research capacity, as well as conduct an external evaluation to (a) monitor project implementation; (b) provide formative feedback for project improvements; and (c) assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals and its contributions to the body of knowledge on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

During the study, SIUE and partners will develop and test a model for technology-focused urban place-based learning, aimed to motivate and help prepare minority middle-grade students to pursue STEM education and career pathways.

To learn more about this innovative project, visit the website below:


Patrick Fiorenza Joins the Team

Hezel Associates has hired Patrick Fiorenza as a Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, Pat served as the Senior Research Analyst at GovLoop, which involved the management of research projects in government information technology. Pat holds a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University and will be contributing to Hezel Associates’ broad range of education and labor projects.

Find out more about Pat by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/hgicvx


Hezel Associates Evaluates Rare Book School Fellowship Program

Rare Book School (RBS) (www.rarebookschool.org), a non-profit educational institute engaged Hezel Associates as the external evaluator to conduct an assessment of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant-funded Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians. This project was supported by Grant Award No. RE-06-14-0011, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (www.imls.gov) of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, to the University of Virginia.

Hezel Associates is conducting a mixed methods evaluation in order to answer the research questions regarding implementation and impact. Hezel Associates researchers will gather data using reviews of program documentation; interviews with RBS fellows; and questionnaires for RBS fellows. Data will be triangulated using qualitative and quantitative analysis. The RBS managers will benefit from on-site annual consultations and a formative and summative evaluation, supplied through two interim reports and one final report.

For more information, click here: http://www.hezel.com/what-s-up/current-projects/238-rbs-imls-evaluation


EERS Board Member and Hezel Associates' CEO Knestis Featured on AEA Blog

Hezel Associates' CEO Kirk Knestis has always been an active member in the evaluation industry. In addition to attending numerous Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) (www.eers.org) conferences, Knestis has recently increased his involvement with the organization by becoming an official Board Member and Communications Chair. The American Evaluation Association (AEA) (www.aea.org) is celebrating EERS Affiliate Week on their blog, AEA365: A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators, by highlighting EERS members. The daily blog is dedicated to highlighting Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned for evaluators.

Dr. Knestis' post discusses the difference between a "research partner" and an "external evaluator." Read more at the link provided to know the distinction.