Evaluation of the Administration for Children’s Services’ Family Enrichment Center Initiative
YSI is in the process of evaluating implementing a rigorous evaluation of the Family Enrichment Centers, a primary prevention initiative led by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. ACS has partnered with community-based services providers to create centers that offer community-driven, comprehensive services to support families living in communities that experience high rates of reported child abuse and neglect. YSI evaluation is examining the characteristics and needs of families who are currently utilizing the FECs and assessing the impact the FECs are having an impact on strengthening families’ protective factors to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Evaluation of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Race to Justice Initiative
YSI has partnered with the New York City’s Health Department to evaluate Race to Justice, an effort to advance racial equity and social justice in all facets of the agency’s operations. YSI developed an in-depth plan to assess the implementation of an introductory training workshop that all 6,000 agency employees will eventually participate in. YSI also conducted focus groups and qualitative analysis of interviews with key staff who have taken on a leadership role in implementing Race to Justice policies and practices throughout the agency.
Evaluation of Harlem School Partnership for STEM Education
YSI completed an evaluation study of The Harlem Schools Partnership for Science and Math Education, a five-year initiative carried out by Teachers College to improve the teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines in eight Harlem schools. Through interviews with key stakeholders, including faculty, graduate students, public school administrators and teachers, and analysis of assessment data collected in connection with the New York State Testing Program, YSI documented the program components and the impact those supports had on teaching and learning in participating schools.
Evaluation of the American Museum of Natural History’s Common Core Literacy and Science Standards Professional Development Initiative
YSI recently completed a two-year evaluation of an AMNH professional development initiative supporting middle and high school science teachers working in New York City public schools. Over the past three years, the Museum has designed a variety of professional development resources and workshops intended to help teachers make more effective use of the Museum’s permanent exhibits. YSI’s evaluation studied the extent to which these resources are helpful in preparing teachers to lead effective field trips to the Museum. YSI’s evaluation assessed teachers’ satisfaction with these professional development resources, as well as what specific knowledge and strategies teachers learned by utilizing these resources.
GEAR UP Program
Brooklyn College, a senior college of the City University of New York, operates a GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program serving approximately 500 students attending two Brooklyn high schools. The program provides tutoring, mentoring, and college planning services to a single grade cohort (students entering the 10th grade in September). YSI has served as the lead evaluator of the program for the past three years, collecting relevant data to gauge Brooklyn College’s progress towards meeting its goals and objectives.
Evaluation of a Site-Based Youth Mentoring Program (RAMP Up)
YSI is conducting a two-year evaluation of RAMP Up, a one-on-one site-based youth mentoring program created and managed by The After-School Corporation.