We gather data through conducting interviews.

A few select recent or key projects that used interviews include:

Career Connections, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

The Career Connections Program was a scholarship and coaching program for opportunity youth at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT. The program was designed to connect young adults to short-term certificate programs that would help them enter high-demand jobs in the local healthcare sector. The evaluation was both an implementation and outcomes evaluation that incorporated a Philliber-designed data collection and dashboard system to monitor outcomes of the program, as well as stakeholder interviews.

Illinois JusticeCorps, Illinois Bar Association

For the Illinois Bar Foundation, Philliber provided evaluation technical assistance to the Illinois JusticeCorps program to develop forms and methodologies to conduct patron and JusticeCorps member surveys at all seven program sites. Philliber conducted interviews with judges and court personnel to determine their perception of the court efficiencies that have resulted due to the JusticeCorps program. Philliber made recommendations for implementing best practices as the program expanded into additional locations statewide.

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.

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.

Shakespeare in American Communities, Juvenile Offenders Programs, National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest

Arts Midwest asked Philliber to evaluate its Shakespeare in American Communities Juvenile Offender Programs in six cities. The programs used theatre to improve the behavior of youth in the juvenile justice system. Philliber designed and conducted the evaluation of the six programs. Evaluation design included key informant interviews, focus groups and site observations to identify best practices.

The California Wellness Foundation

In 1996, The California Wellness Foundation began a ten-year Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative designed to decrease the incidence of teen pregnancies by increasing the proportion of teens who delay the initiation of sexual activity and/or effectively use contraception. Philliber conducted the evaluation of this $60 million statewide effort in California. We followed the progress of seven target communities, including pre-post, door-to-door surveys, and yearly interviews with community partners including school administrators, public health officials, political leaders, members of the faith and business communities. We also tracked the progress of 13 policy/advocacy organizations, evaluated the statewide public education campaign, measured the outcomes of a statewide professional development activity and performed many other tasks as part of this major project. Annually, major learnings were presented, and recommendations were made for strengthening the Initiative.

The Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative, AIDS Funding Collaborative

The Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative, funded by the AIDS Funding Collaborative, provided comprehensive sexuality education to students in grades K -12 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Evaluation of this initiative involved analysis of changes in student knowledge, attitude, and behavioral intent, as well as changes in District policies vis-à-vis sexuality education. Students in each of the selected schools were surveyed using a pre-test/post-test design. Local stakeholders, as well as teachers and principals were interviewed about the curriculum, and parents were asked to complete surveys regarding their thoughts about comprehensive sexuality education. In addition, a field team from Philliber conducted classroom observations to measure fidelity to the four curricula used in the initiative. Using this design, Philliber was able to provide information about the impact of the curricula on students, the response to the curricula by local stakeholders, and the extent to which the schools and teachers maintained fidelity to the implementation plan.

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.

Women’s Sports Foundation: Girls’ Education, Fitness & Empowerment Exchange, New York Community Trust

Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) works to equalize access to sports for women and girls. Philliber’s first project for WSF was an evaluation the formation of a knowledge exchange between three organizations dedicated to girls and sports. The evaluation consisted of a description of knowledge exchange activities, as well as design and baseline data collection of a shared youth survey. The second project, Sports 4 Life, is an outcomes evaluation for WSF’s portfolio of girls’ sports programs funded jointly with ESPNW. The evaluation utilizes the Youth Athletic Fitness Survey, program leaders surveys and interviews, and grant report data.

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