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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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VIA Evaluation Can Support Districts’ Response to Education Trust – New York’s Call to Action

12/14/2017 Education Trust’s new policy brief: Improving Opportunity & Achievement for Students Experiencing Homelessness, is a clarion call to most school districts that they can do more to support homeless students. The extensive data analysis uncovered remarkable findings, including the myriad of problems associated with being homeless or formerly homeless, as well as schools with homeless students exceeding the NYS average achievement in mathematics and ELA. Every district with homeless…

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NYSED to Release Math Science Partnerships (MSP) RFP Soon!

November 20, 2017 Its time to prepare! The large Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program is slated to be released by the NYS Education Department in early January 2018. If your district or eligible charter school (qualified charter schools were eligible in the last RFP) is considering applying, now is the time to begin planning for the application. A few things to note from the 2014 RFP: this grant has…

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Via heads to annual evaluation conference this week!

November 6, 2017   This week, new owners Jessica Weitzel & Komani Lundquist and Research Associate Erin Holbrook will attend the annual American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference. Every time we attend, we come back with brains bursting with new ideas. We can’t wait! After completing a record 9 presentations at the 2016 conference, we decided to take a break and spend our time simply learning this year. We’ll keep you…

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Via to Present at Grant Professionals Association Conference

November 2, 2017 Gary Ciurczak, Ph.D., Founder of Via Evaluation, will return to make his second presentation at the Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference. The 2017 GPA Conference is in San Diego, California on November 9th, 2017. Many development offices, grant writers, and project directors are unsure of how to choose the right external evaluator. They are also unaware that a carefully chosen external evaluator can pay long-term dividends, including…

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VIA Presents in Atlanta

November 1, 2017 Next week, evaluator Caroline Taggart will head to Atlanta to present at the American Public Health Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo. Taggart will be presenting a poster detailing the work of the HOPE Buffalo project, a community collaboration to reduce teen pregnancy in Buffalo [below], created collaboratively by Via Evaluation and Cicatelli Associates Inc., centers around how Collective Impact has guided the mobilization efforts of HOPE…

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NYSED Releases Early College High School (ECHS) Program, Due Postmarked by 11/22/17

October 20, 2017 The NYS Education Department has released the Early College High School ECHS Program. This 5 year grant offers funds to school districts as lead agencies in partnership with institutions of higher education (IHEs), and community and business organizations. A signed MOU between the applicant district and one or more IHEs must be submitted with the application. There is a total of $15 million available statewide, with the…

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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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