We gather data through data extraction.
Often, service providers do not have the time or resources to engage in research reviews so that they can be current on successful strategies. Successful organizations use “best practices” or strategies that have already been shown to be effective. We help identify these and produce reports based on the results. We also collect available secondary data for analysis and base our plan moving forward on these data.
A few select recent or key projects that included data extraction include:
Girls Inc. of New York City
Girls Inc. of New York City is a multi-program empowerment program for low-income girls of color in New York City. The evaluation (2013-present) includes programs at middle and high school sites that offer both high-dose and sampler programming, as well as programs with specialized curricula, such as Generation Giga Girls, a data analytics program for high school girls that focuses on social justice, and Teen Leadership Circles, a peer education program that trains girls to facilitate their own Girls Inc. clubs. The evaluation includes site-based and annual reports on pre to post program changes in social-emotional competencies, academic and college outcomes, risk-taking behavior, and program satisfaction. For this work, Philliber has designed survey instruments, trained data collectors, conducted focus groups with students and program staff, and gathered national and NYC comparison data.
Integration of Science and Religion (The Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship), The John Templeton Foundation
The John Templeton Foundation funded a two-month summer fellowship program for journalists each summer from 2005 to 2010 to promote a deeper understanding and more informed public discussion of science and religion. Philliber conducted a retrospective evaluation of that program. The research included in depth interviews of participants, reviews of all reports produced during the fellowship period, and a qualitative overview of the articles produced by the Fellows.
International Association of Religion Journalists (Religion Reporters), International Center for Journalists
Religion Reporters improves the coverage of Islam in Muslim and non-Muslim countries. The project’s key activities will include three on-line courses, on-line mentoring for journalists, the creation of new modules to train journalists to use ARDA’s (the Association of Religion Data Archives) data, recruiting members for a new association of religion reporters, the creation of a website for the new association in both Arabic and English, and a conference to train members of this new group.
Maine Family Planning, Anonymous funder and the Family Planning Association of Maine
The Maine Family Planning project documented the implementation of primary care services in a family planning clinic in rural Maine and subsequent changes in patient and clinic-level variables as the clinic moved toward certification as a patient-centered medical home. The evaluation was a quasi-experimental design using two family planning clinics with no primary care that served as comparisons to family planning clinics with primary care. The research drew on both quantitative and qualitative data from a patient surveys, staff and administrator interviews, and clinic financial reports, as well as extensive gleaning of clinical and billing data directly from the electronic medical record system. A related case study on the process of transforming a family planning clinic into a level three patient centered medical home was completed in summer 2016.
School Discipline Reform Initiative, The Atlantic Philanthropies
The School Discipline Reform Initiative was composed of 51 grantees across the United States consisting of grassroots organizations, state-based legal advocacy groups, national social justice and education reform campaigns, and federal initiatives that spanned both education and juvenile justice sectors. The program aimed to improve educational outcomes for students by reducing the number of zero tolerance suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in schools, particularly for children of color, and enhancing the use of positive disciplinary practices that keep children in school and engaged in learning. The large-scale advocacy evaluation included policy and media scans, literature reviews, extensive grantee interviews, secondary data analysis, case studies, and synthesis of a diverse array of grantee documents.
Sustaining The Revolutionary Fire, International Center for Journalists
Sustaining the Revolutionary Fire was a multiphase 20-month program of media training and professional development for independent Egyptian media organizations and professional and citizen journalists to capitalize on gains made during the post-revolutionary period of media liberalization. The evaluation by Philliber involved analysis of pre- and post-training surveys, monitoring engagement of media outlets, and analysis of reporting by trained citizen and professional journalists.
Western Massachusetts, American Friends Service Committee
American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts works in program areas related to peace building, healing justice, economic justice, immigration, and other community-generated areas. The evaluation was a case-study design that retrospectively examined the office’s advocacy activities over the past five years. Evaluation tasks included interviews, a media scan, and analysis of supporting documents, as well as an outcomes harvesting approach, which asks participants to identify most important outcomes of advocacy work.