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The Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) works with a broad range of not-for-profit and governmental organizations to investigate and assess initiatives that seek to improve the health and well-being of populations in New York City, New York State, and across the country. With expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, we conduct:
We work with large and small programs focused on a wide range of health-related topics. In recent years, these topics have included: nutrition and physical activity, diabetes prevention and care, HIV/AIDS care, asthma, maternal and infant health, substance abuse treatment, practice change in healthcare settings, education and training of the health and social service workforce, reducing racial and ethnic health disparities, aging, and access to care for immigrant populations.
Our approach to evaluation is a collaborative one that encourages program staff, administrators, funders, and participants to view the work as an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses and to use preliminary and final evaluation findings for quality improvement purposes. From the beginning of an evaluation, we partner with funders and staff to delineate program goals and objectives, identify feasible data sources, and seek concurrence regarding data collection protocols and evaluation objectives. In all our work, there is an appreciation for the balance between evaluation rigor and the practical realities of program implementation.
Our findings are reported to program staff and funders. Where appropriate, they are disseminated to a wider audience through conference presentations, reports, and peer reviewed publications.
Expertise and Capacity
CEAR has a full-time staff of eight, supplemented with policy analysts and educational experts from other NYAM departments, as well as outside consultants. We develop and implement basic and complex evaluations, inclusive of evaluation planning; protocol development and instrument design; survey administration; in-depth interviews and focus group facilitation; observation of program activities; data entry and maintenance; analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; and preparation of presentations, reports, and other final products.
For more information or to discuss possible collaborations, please contact
Linda Weiss, PhD, Director, at (212) 822-7298 or email@example.com.
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