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Via Evaluation Applied for Women Business Enterprise Certification

July 24, 2017 This April, we announced that Via Evaluation is stepping into the future and transitioning ownership and leadership of the company. On July 1st, Via Evaluation became a majority women-owned and -led business. Jessica Weitzel is now the President and Komani Lundquist the CEO of Via Evaluation. Founder Gary Ciurczak has agreed to stay with the company as a partner and Director of Business Development for the next…

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Key NYSED RFPs Scheduled for Release This Month

October 12, 2017 NYSED has scheduled the imminent release of requests for proposals (RFPs) for the following major grants. Each grant has been issued in the past. Watch NYS Grants Gateway for a link to the RFPs. This is the NYSED summary for each grant: Exemplary School Models and Practices grant works to close the achievement gap and increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness (CCR) of students…

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What are data dashboards?

9/25/2017 Have you ever walked into a meeting to be greeted by a stack of paper full of so much data you don’t even know where to start? You need a data dashboard! The dashboard of your car is full of valuable information. You use your speedometer to track your speed, your odometer to measure progress on a trip, and your check engine light to monitor your engine’s health. In…

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We hired a professional, and you can too!

September 15, 2017 As consultants, we encourage organizations to hire experts. Over the years, we have seen over and over how clients save substantial time and energy, with better results, by hiring us to help them with data and evaluation. We try to take our own advice, and have hired great business advisors who help us run a high-quality business (including the lawyers who made our ownership transition a legal…

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Revealing AmeriCorps Member Experiences

9/11/2017 Since 2013, Via Evaluation has been working with The Service Collaborative of WNY, the largest AmeriCorps grantee in the Buffalo area, to collect and use data about their AmeriCorps Builds Lives Through Education (ABLE) program. As our work evolved from data consulting to logic modeling to comprehensive evaluation, it became clear that ABLE member experiences were an important element of the program that was not being measured. To address…

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Via Gets Dirty to Show We Care

8/21/2017 Not many people would consider digging your hands in a tiny cup of dirt to untangle a mass of wriggling, fat worms satisfying, but on August 16th, the Via team learned otherwise. For the 5th year in a row, Via had the privilege to participate in United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s annual Day of Caring with over 3600 other volunteers. This year’s project: help 100 youth from…

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Ba Zan Lin Reflects on His Experience at Via Evaluation

August 3, 2017 The team at Via Evaluation has benefited from the insight, perspective, and experience of Ba Zan Lin for more than a year in his role as a Research Associate. Lin, a committed social justice advocate and organizer of the Burmese Water Festival in Buffalo, is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Culture, Policy, and Society at the University at Buffalo. We wish him well as he diversifies…

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Weitzel attends The Evaluator’s Institute

July 18, 2017 Last week, Jessica attended the Conducting Successful Evaluation Surveys course at The Evaluator’s Institute. Taught by Dr. Jolene Smyth, the course reviewed many of the basics of survey design that we use here at Via Evaluation. Dr. Smyth also shared more recent research about effective survey design, including varied approaches for paper and online surveys. Via Evaluation is committed to the continuing professional development of our staff,…

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Our promise..

July 5, 2017 We are very excited to be the new leaders and co-owners of Via Evaluation! Both of us have been at Via Evaluation for about a decade, and have helped to build and sustain the core values and culture of the company under the leadership of Founder (and now Director of Business Development) Gary Ciurczak. We look forward to moving the company into the future with our excellent…

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Via Evaluation attends Global Implementation Conference

July 3, 2017 Caroline Taggart attended the 4th biennial Global Implementation Conference (GIC) in Toronto, Canada last week. With the conference theme of “Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems,” the GIC focused on expanding the understanding of systems working together “to effectively implement at scale and with social impact.”  This topic resonates with Via Evaluation, as we currently evaluate the HOPE Buffalo initiative to prevent teen pregnancy, through which various partners…

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