Evaluation

Evaluation is a powerful tool for understanding program and policy outcomes. From the local to the national level, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and foundations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate program effectiveness. The Carsey School of Public Policy Evaluation Program conducts rigorous program evaluation and applied research to provide programs and their funders the information they need to best serve individuals, families, and communities. We also provide technical assistance to organizations seeking to expand their internal capacity for evaluation. 

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“Over the past few years, I have worked with multiple Carsey researchers to assess the impact of the AMC’s environmental and positive youth development programs.  Without exception, they have been responsive, flexible, and able to incorporate multiple types of inquiry to address our program’s varied nature.  In particular, the ability to look at the data from different angles provided a deeper level of analysis that was extremely helpful.”   
Andrea Muller, North Country Youth Education Director, Appalachian Mountain Club

Carsey’s evaluation services are supported in whole by grants and contracts with evaluation clients. Our experienced staff works closely with clients to identify the right evaluation questions and choose the most appropriate methods for accurate and credible results within their budget and timeline. Evaluation client contexts are typically nonprofit organizations, foundations, state- and federally-funded programs, and UNH grant-funded projects.

The most common first steps for partnering with Carsey Evaluation are:

  1. Reaching out to us during the grant proposal process to serve as external evaluators on the proposed project and to develop the evaluation plan. (Contingent upon our availability and project fit, this is offered at no cost to the client with agreement that Carsey will serve as the evaluator if funds are awarded.)
  2. Contracting with us to serve as external evaluators after grant funds are awarded, or with project or agency funds directed toward evaluation activities.
  3. Engaging in the development of a scope of work and contract for specific evaluation services (for example, consulting on evaluation design; developing and conducting surveys, interviews, or focus groups; analyzing and reporting on data).

We have worked with a wide range of clients and have joined projects at all stages, from initial planning through final reporting. Communicating early and often is the key! Please contact us if you would like to discuss your particular evaluation needs.

New Hampshire SNAP-Ed Program Evaluation
2013-Present
Administered by UNH Cooperative Extension (Project Lead: Extension Professor Deborah Luppold, MS, RD, LD), SNAP-Ed New Hampshire provides nutrition education and other services to support the health and wellness of people enrolled in or eligible to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Carsey has served as NH SNAP-Ed’s external program evaluator for five years and counting. Evaluation components have investigated the impact of direct nutrition education, the reach of public messaging campaigns, and the development and implementation of wellness policies in qualifying New Hampshire school districts.

Sponsor: NH SNAP-Ed Adult and Youth Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Project, Award number 11041511.


Teacher Residency for Rural Education (TRRE) Program Evaluation
2016-Present
The TRRE program prepares qualified STEM educators to teach in rural high-need schools in New Hampshire. It is based in the UNH Education Department (Principal Investigator: Dr. Emilie Reagan). Carsey has served as the program’s external evaluator since the proposal stage. Our roles include facilitation of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process, formative and summative program evaluation, and reporting of findings to internal and regional stakeholders.

Sponsor: US Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement Teacher Quality Partnership Grant #U3365160019.


New Hampshire Healthy Families America Home Visiting Program Evaluation
2013-2018
The New Hampshire Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Healthy Families America (HFA) program serves families at risk of adverse outcomes, such as child abuse and neglect, from the prenatal stage through age three of the target child. Home visitors provide families with parenting education and referrals to critical services they need to thrive. As members of a multi-disciplinary UNH team based at the Institute on Disability (Project Director: Dr. Tobey Partch-Davies), Carsey staff partner in evaluating the implementation and outcomes of HFA in New Hampshire. Evaluation components investigate evidence-based model fidelity, the development and utilization of community referral networks, and program impact on family outcomes. Findings have been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and disseminated in HFA statewide Learning Exchanges and national conference presentations.

Sponsor: The NH MIECHV HFA program is financed under a contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, with funds provided in whole by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the D89MC26361 and MIECHV Competitive Grant Program for $1,461,377.


Families in Transition and Well Sense Health Plan Evaluation Design
2017-2018
Carsey consulted on evaluation design for a supportive housing pilot project serving homeless adults and families led by Families in Transition and Well Sense Health Plan in Manchester, New Hampshire. Carsey staff facilitated the collaborative development of a project logic model and designed an evaluation plan based on the identified short-, intermediate, and long-term outcomes.


UNH Center for Biological and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR) Evaluation Design
2018
The UNH CIBBR is funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant awarded in 2017 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Rick Cote). Carsey worked closely with the CIBBR Leadership Team and Program Manager to translate the program aims stated in their NIH proposal into a comprehensive evaluation framework for the five-year grant period. Carsey staff also developed and documented data collection instruments and protocols in order to both report on outcomes for Year 1 and equip project staff to replicate evaluation activities in Years 2-5. Evaluation findings have contributed substantially to the CIBBR’s required NIH reporting.

“The Carsey School of Public Policy faculty and staff have been instrumental in not only nationally-significant rural data collection on youth and adults but also working to analysis [analyze] and help better understand the region we work in and the larger population level trends and attitudes. This on-going partnership and data have positioned us, and other decision makers, to learn through current data and survey’s [surveys] what is important to the residents of the North Country.”
- Kirsten Scobie, Director of Tillotson Funds, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation


“The Carsey School of Public Policy evaluation team has worked closely with us through all stages of the UNH Teacher Residency for Rural Education (TRRE) grant,  providing high quality process, formative, and summative evaluation services.  The evaluation team is collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the results of quantitative and qualitative data to inform programmatic improvement and evaluate overall program goals. We appreciate [the] team's close collaboration, professionalism, and expertise.”
– Emilie Reagan, UNH Department of Education

Eleanor Jaffeee

Eleanor M. Jaffee is the Evaluation Program Director at the Carsey School of Public Policy. She has fifteen years of experience designing and implementing evaluation projects for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. LEARN MORE