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AmeriCorps State and National Grants Available

September 29, 2015 The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has issued a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for one of its three AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps State and National. This grant program provides nonprofits and other eligible applicants with funds to implement 3-year projects that use evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to address community needs, utilizing AmeriCorps members in direct service roles. As CNCS places great importance on the utilization of evidence-based…

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Via Evaluation Welcomes Holly Dickinson

September 28, 2015 Via Evaluation is proud to welcome Holly Dickinson to their team. As Via’s Director of Grant Writing, Holly will lead Via’s growing grant writing department. Holly’s successful experience with grant writing and management, particularly in education, is a great asset to Via Evaluation’s team of expert evaluation and grant professionals.    Learn more about Holly

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Via Evaluation Celebrates Success with Via-Q…and Backyard Chickens

September 3, 2015 With the promise of BBQ and desserts, last Thursday we tore ourselves away from our datasets, closed our RFPs, and headed to Komani’s house for our annual Via-Q to celebrate the end of another successful reporting season. We had a lot to celebrate! In the past 2 months, we analyzed data for, wrote, and submitted nearly 30 high-quality, tailored evaluation reports for education and other programs throughout New…

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Via Evaluation Implements Healthy Workforce Strategies

September 1, 2015 At Via Evaluation, we pride ourselves on our active cultivation of a progressive, positive work environment in which employees can thrive. This summer, we had a lot of fun, and received many benefits from, a walking challenge! Each employee received a FitBit Flex, a type of pedometer, and participated in a variety of individual and team-based “Workweek Hustle” challenges based on number of steps taken during the week. We…

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Via Evaluation Participates in United Way Day of Caring

August 26, 2015 Via Evaluation recently had the privilege of participating in the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s 23rd annual Day of Caring. Through this event, held on 8/19, the United Way matched over 3,250 volunteers from local companies to nonprofits in order to complete projects. We were delighted to be matched with one of our clients, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, to help with the summer program’s Field Day.…

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Basic School Improvement Grant (SIG) RFP – 1003(a) Now Available

August 24, 2015 The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is accepting applications from school districts for its Basic School Improvement Grant. Focus Districts, Priority Schools, Focus Schools and Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools that are identified as of August 31, 2015 are eligible for funding. Districts may receive $50,000, as well as an additional $75,000 for a Priority School, $50,000 for a Focus School, and $20,000 for a LAP School.…

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Via Evaluation Attends Summer Youth Program Celebrations in Buffalo, NY

August 14, 2015 Gary Ciurczak and Briana Popek recently attended end-of-program celebrations for three summer youth programs. These positive youth development programs included activities to increase participants’ knowledge of important topics, life skills and self-esteem development, and visual and performing arts. Youth also learned about, and positively engaged with, the community via many exciting field trips. At the celebrations, Gary and Briana enjoyed watching slideshows, viewing dream boards, hearing youth and parents speak…

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NSF Grant Available for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

August 13, 2015 The National Science Foundation has $110 million available for new and continuing awards for its Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources program. This grant will fund qualified scientists, engineers, and educators to conduct projects related to the large- and small-scale development and implementation of innovative practices in undergraduate STEM education. This program has two tracks: Engaged Student Learning, and Institutional and Community Transformation. Within each track,…

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Grant Available for Substance Abuse Prevention and Alleviation Programs

August 12, 2015 The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting applications for its Substance Abuse Annual Cycle, which funds programs that prevent and alleviate substance abuse disorders in youth and young adults to age 26. Eligible program components include screening and assessment, community-based education and supports, and transition and service navigation. Funds are available for 1-3 years, within a general range of $25,000-$75,000 annually. Eligible applicants include nonprofit (501c3)…

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“Jobs Plus” Program Funds Now Available From HUD

August 6, 2015 HUD has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Jobs Plus Pilot Initiative, a program which will provide eligible public housing authorities with funds to improve employment and earnings outcomes for public housing residents through employment-related services, financial incentives, and community supports for work. HUD estimates that 8 awards will be made nationally, for $1M-$3M over a 4-year period. Grantees’ programs will be subject to an…

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Lowe’s Grants for Schools and Nonprofits

August 5, 2015 The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has two small grant opportunities available:  Toolbox for Education: This program provides funds to public school districts for technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, small facility renovations, and safety improvements. Most grants are awarded in the $2,000-$5,000 range. The application portal is currently open, but may close after 1,500 applications are received. The absolute deadline is 10/16/15 or sooner, depending on the number…

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Grant Available from OASAS to Establish Youth Clubhouses to Aid in Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery

July 24, 2015 The NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OASAS) is seeking proposals from county local government units (LGUs) and nonprofit organizations to establish youth clubhouses that will  offer activities and non-clinical services to adolescents or young adults who are recovering from or at risk of developing substance abuse disorders. Through this program, Youth Clubhouse Planning Supplement, OASAS will provide up to $250,000 in annual funding for up…

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Grant Available from HUD to Assist Residents in Public and Indian Housing Become Self-Sufficient or Age in Place

July 23, 2015 The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released an RFP for its Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators Program. This program funds the hiring of service coordinators to help residents of public or Indian housing progress toward economic and housing self-sufficiency, or to help elderly or disabled residents age in place and not require costly additional services. Proposals are due on 8/31/15. Eligible…

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Grants available from NYS Department of Health for HIV/STD/HCV Prevention and Related Services

July 22, 2015 NYSDOH has announced two grant opportunities to address the impact of HIV/STD/HCV in New York State: “Component A: HIV/STD/HCV Prevention and Related Services for Young Gay Men and Young Men who have Sex with Men with a Focus on Communities of Color,” and “Component B: HIV/STD/HCV Prevention and Related Services for Young People through the use of Youth Health Advocates.” These grants will funds to implement proven…

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Education Grants for Technology and Expanded Pre-K Available from NYSED

July 15, 2015 The NYS Education Department (NYSED) has two grant opportunities available to meet school districts’ needs for technology and pre-K. The Learning Technology Grant (LTG), due on 9/18/15, is a 3-year grant intended to help public school districts and BOCES improve academic performance by integrating instructional technology into classrooms and libraries. School districts can apply for up to $50,000 annually for each participating school, to purchase technology and provide…

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Is the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program Part of your Grant Plan?

July 2, 2015 The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program provides single-year grants of $25,000-$250,000 (average $40,000) to nonprofit organizations that propose programs to meet unmet needs of underserved populations. This grant program has four cycles, and each state is assigned to two of them. In cycles 1 and 2, which occur in the first half of the calendar year, the foundation accepts proposals for programs that align to its Focused Giving…

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Via Welcomes Jadaiman DaCosta

June 30, 2015 We are excited to announce that Jadaiman DaCosta has joined our team as a Research Assistant.  Jadaiman will focus on data management, data collection and analysis, and internal reporting. She is looking forward to learning, growing, and contributing to the overall success of Via Evaluation. Welcome, Jadaiman!

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East Hill Foundation Accepting Applications

June 29, 2015 The East Hill Foundation is accepting proposals for its WNY Grant, for projects that address community needs and enhance the quality of life of WNY residents. The foundation is encouraging projects that address basic human needs, such as food and shelter. Awards will be made up to $30,000. In 2014, there were 25 awards, with an average award of about $9,000. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations in Allegany,…

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Greater Rochester Health Foundation Seeking Proposals

June 22, 2015 The Greater Rochester Health Foundation is beginning a new round of its Opportunity Grants for 2016. It is interested in funding evidence-based or evidence-informed/best practice programs that align with its Prevention and Health Care Delivery priorities. Funding will range from $50k-$200k annually, for 1-3 years. Both pilot programs and existing programs are eligible. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, private foundations, and public entities (e.g. municipalities, school districts) in…

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Guidance on New York State 21st CCLC Reports Updated

June 17, 2015 As year two of Round 6 funding for 21st CCLC out-of-school time programs in New York State comes to a close, the New York State Education Department has provided updated guidance for the Year 2 local evaluation report.  The local evaluation reports are due to the state by August 28th, and will include components beyond what was required in the past. Last year, the team at Via Evaluation…

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Via Congratulates Winners of Erie County’s Primetime Grant

June 10, 2015 Back in January of this year, the team at Via Evaluation welcomed our new grant writer, Briana Popek, and announced our new offering of a full range of grant writing and reviewing services. To kick-off our new services with all the pomp and circumstance this exciting news deserved, we offered FREE grant writing services to a limited number of new clients who were interested in pursuing Erie County’s…

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WNY Foundation is Accepting Applications

May 20, 2015 Grant funding for capital and organizational development needs tends to be limited, as most foundations focus their efforts on funding programs. The Western New York Foundation offers an excellent opportunity to acquire funding for non-programmatic needs, through their biannual grants for Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring (nonprofit mergers) and Capacity Building, the latter of which can include projects related to Technology, Facility Renovations, Resource Development, Marketing and Communications, New Equipment,…

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Dunkirk City School District is recognized by NYSED!

May 19, 2015 Dunkirk City Schools have been working to improve implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards in the Dunkirk Middle School through providing student, teacher, and parent support through a School District Performance Improvement grant. These efforts have been recognized by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) School Turnaround Office. Dunkirk City Schools posted Common Core protocols and instructional strategies on the district website as a resource for…

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Caroline Taggart Presents at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

May 18, 2015 Caroline Taggart, Senior Evaluator, was invited by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to present at the organization’s Board Leadership Training program. Caroline’s presentation covered the importance and general tenets of Program Monitoring and Evaluation, with an emphasis on questions non-profit organization’s Board Members can ask to encourage their organization’s engagement in these activities to ensure quality program delivery and maximum impact. If you are interested…

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Amy Puca Presents at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society Conference

May 7, 2015 On April 27th, Amy Puca presented “Meeting Stakeholders Where They Are: Increasing Stakeholder Buy-in and Getting the Data You Need” as part of this year’s Eastern Evaluation Research Society conference. The 90-minute presentation focused on: practical and useful tips and tricks for meeting stakeholders where they are, increasing buy-in to the evaluation process, and building an organization’s own capacities to provide necessary and accurate data in a timely manner. The Via Evaluation…

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Via Evaluation Attends Do Good Data Conference

May 6, 2015 Jessica Weitzel attended the annual Do Good Data conference in Chicago April 30th-May 1st. Ms. Weitzel is a member of Data Analysts for Social Good, the host organization. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions focused on encouraging organizations to use data to inform and change programs to get to outcomes, strategies for collecting and using data to measure collective impact, using logic models in low-resource environments, effectively measuring performance,…

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Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) Awarded $575,700

May 5, 2015 Via Evaluation congratulates the Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT), located in Buffalo, NY, on their receipt of a $575,700 federal grant from the US Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program. See details here. Via Evaluation was privileged to serve on the grant writing team for the proposal, providing the following grant writing support services during intense collaboration with the grant writer and client: guidance…

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NYS Consolidated Funding Application

April 28, 2015 Via Evaluation is anticipating the upcoming opening of the NYS Consolidated Funding Application which in previous years has occurred around May/June. This process allows municipalities, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, and businesses to apply for funds from a multitude of state agencies through one application (application questions vary by program). Applications are evaluated by Regional Economic Development Councils and program-specific reviewers. In 2014, $750 million was available through…

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Spring Happenings at Via

April 14, 2015 As the weather finally changes for the better, the team at Via Evaluation has been enjoying Spring! We work hard year-round at Via to assist our clients with their evaluation and grant needs, but this April we took a bit of time for some fun and team building! We started the month off by getting into the spirit of April Fool’s Day! To celebrate, we made some changes to…

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Grant Supporting Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills

April 2, 2015 If you are a school district or BOCES and see a need to improve vocational education for your students with disabilities, NYSED has a grant program to help. The newly released Program Development Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills, open to NYS school districts, approved private schools, special act school districts, state supported school, and BOCES, is a 3-year grant…

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Now Hiring a Research Assistant

March 31, 2015 The team at Via Evaluation is looking for Research Assistant candidates; applicants must submit materials by April 15th. Via Evaluation, located in downtown Buffalo, New York, is a firm dedicated to helping school districts, colleges and universities, and community based organizations improve the quality of life within their communities. We specialize in working with high need urban and rural populations. We do this through applied utilization-focused evaluation, grant…

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Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) Proposals Due Postmarked April 14, 2015

March 30, 2015 Are you thinking about a NYSED Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) grant, or interested in learning more? This program provides funds to institutions of higher education (IHE) so they can provide academic enrichment in science and math to secondary students (grades 7 – 12), with the goal to “increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in…

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The Cullen Foundation will be Accepting Letters of Intent April 1st

March 24, 2015 The Cullen Foundation has been a presence in Western New York since 2004, but recently gained millions of dollars in assets through the sale of Mr. Cullen’s company. The foundation hired an Executive Director (Brigid Doherty, formerly of the Cummings Foundation and Western New York Women’s Fund) last fall, and is launching its first formal application process. Beginning April 1st, the foundation will accept Letters of Intent to provide up…

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Via Evaluation Team Members Attend SREE Conference

March 17, 2015 Via Evaluation team members Jessica Weitzel and Caroline Taggart attended the spring conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness in Washington, DC March 5th-7th, 2015. Despite a snowstorm that shut down the federal government and just about everything else the first day of the conference, the Via Team were able to attend many informative sessions with distinguished education researchers. Session topics included non-cognitive/social-emotional skill building and outcomes, large-scale…

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DoDEA Military-Connected LEAs Grant RFP AVAILABLE NOW!

March 11, 2015 The U.S. Department of Defense recently released a Request for Proposals for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) Grant. And this year, new applicants who have never received a DoDEA grant award are eligible for 5 extra points. The main purpose of the grant is to promote K-12 Student Achievement and provide Social-Emotional Support at schools that…

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Grant Writing Kick-off give-away– must reply today by 4pm!

March 9, 2015 FREE Grant Writing: Erie County Department of Social Services Primetime Grant! We will write this grant for the first FIVE organizations that contact us who:   are not a current client of Via Evaluation   have a summer youth program   are eligible for this RFP:   must be in Erie County   must be a 501(c)(3) If you are interested contact us today (3/9/2015) by 4pm. Our office number is (716)…

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Available Now: Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

February 24, 2015 Have you identified a measurable fire risk in the population or community that you serve? You may be eligible to apply for funds from FEMA’s Fire Prevention and Safety grant, a program whose primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. Funding is available to implement education/awareness programs, including comprehensive home fire safety campaigns, as well as code enforcement and arson investigation activities. Funding…

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Coming soon: Local Government Records Management Information Fund (LGRMIF) RFP

February 23, 2015 Why apply? This annual grant provides funds for local governments, school districts, community colleges, and others to conduct records management projects. You can clean up your filing system or use the funds to pay for digitizing records. If you want to straighten up your files, contact us now at (716) 362-0627 or send us an email. Offered from New York State Education Department’s NYS Archives. For more information as well…

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HHS Announces Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Replication Funds Availability

February 13, 2015 The US Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for “Replicating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in  Communities with the Greatest Need,” available here. The proposal is due by April 1, 2015. According to the FOA, “The goal is to have a significant impact on reducing rates of teen pregnancy and existing disparities by replicating evidence-based…

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Dr. Gary Ciurczak Leads Project Evaluation Workshop in Rochester

February 10, 2015 Dr. Gary Ciurczak, Via Evaluation President and CEO, was invited to lead a half-day workshop at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the topic of Project Evaluation. RIT and NTID decided to provide additional support to their grant writing faculty, department chairs, and Deans. This workshop covered many components of evaluation, including discussions of what to include in evaluation components…

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Replicating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs and other RFPs Announced

February 6, 2015 The following funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the NYS Department of Education are currently available:  Replicating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs  Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program The following funding opportunity from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is currently available:  2015 Mental Health Annual Cycle For more information on available and upcoming funding opportunities, check out the following information:  Education Department…

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Weitzel Presents Webinar for the American Evaluation Association

February 4, 2015 On January 29th, Jessica Aungst Weitzel presented “Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for Low-Cost Data Visualization and Reporting” as part of the American Evaluation Association Coffee Break Webinar Series. The 15-minute presentation focused on:  sharing best practice resources,  demonstrating how to implement best practices within data visualizations and reports, and  showing how to utilize Microsoft Word and Excel to systematize formatting across reports. If you are a member of AEA, you…

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Amy Puca Selected to Present at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society Conference

January 29, 2015 Bringing together evaluators and stakeholders, this year’s Eastern Evaluation Research Society conference theme is “Let’s Get Real: Evaluation Challenges and Solutions” and Amy will be “getting real” and representing the team at Via Evaluation. Focused on solutions, Amy will discuss the challenges program stakeholders and evaluators have with providing and obtaining necessary data. This skills-building workshop will offer participants practical and useful tips and tricks for meeting stakeholders…

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Hagstrom to Lead “Ask an Evaluator” Session at the National AfterSchool Association Convention

January 27, 2015 Emily Hagstrom of Via Evaluation will be leading a session titled “Ask an Evaluator” at the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) convention in March. This session will provide practitioners an opportunity to have evaluation related questions answered by an evaluator who specializes in 21st CCLC and afterschool program evaluation. The conference, in Washington DC, is considered to be the premier event for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals.  If you…

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Via Evaluation Now Provides Comprehensive Grant Writing Services

January 26, 2015 Via Evaluation is pleased to announce that it now offers comprehensive grant writing services for foundation, state, and federal grants. This service builds upon our experience as members of grant writing teams for state and federal grant proposals provided since 1998. Via Evaluation will review your organizational priorities, then research grant opportunities to find matches for your strategically defined focus areas. If requested, Via Evaluation will also manage…

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Buffalo Public School Director of Health Related Services Reviews BPS District Wellness Policy Informed by Results of Youth Risk Behavior Survey

January 15, 2015 Ms. Asunta Ventresca, Director of Health Related Services for Buffalo Public Schools, was interviewed today on WBFO FM 88, Buffalo’s National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station. She reviewed the District’s Wellness Policy, and included a discussion of the wide range of information received from the district’s administration of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in 2013. She outlined the district’s multiple and…

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Via Welcomes Briana Popek!

January 12, 2015 Via Evaluation is happy to announce that Ms. Briana Popek has joined our team as Grant Writer. Briana will provide grant writing and other development services here, including grant research and editing. She joins us after serving as a grant writer in another organization, where she successfully planned, developed, and wrote federal, state, and foundation grants for clients in school districts, local government, and community based organizations. Welcome,…

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NYS AmeriCorps Applications Due December 10th

December 8, 2014 Update: The New York State Commission on National and Community Service has released an update on the 2015 State AmeriCorps Request for Proposals. Frequently Asked Questions have been posted. The FAQs cover a wide range of areas of the RFP. Please contact us here at Via Evaluation if you are writing an AmeriCorps proposal and would like to use an independent evaluator. December 2, 2014 The New York State Commission on…

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Creating Healthy Schools and Communities RFA released, Due by 4 PM on 1/7/15

November 13, 2014 NY Department of Health has released a request for applications (RFA) for the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant award, available here and due January 7, 2015 by 4 PM. The DOH web site location of the RFA and additional information is here. The DOH seeks applications “to prevent obesity in New York State. The aim… is to fund a coordinated, multi-sector effort to increase demand for and…

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Taggart Attends National PBIS Leadership Forum

November 12, 2014 Caroline Taggart attended the National PBIS Leadership Forum in Rosemont, Illinois from October 28-30, 2014. The conference offered sessions designed to help state and district leaders increase the effectiveness of PBIS implementation. Grantees of the federally-funded School Climate Transformation Grant, including two of Via Evaluation’s clients, Buffalo Public School and Cleveland Hill Union Free School District, were also in attendance. Connect with Caroline on Linkedin.com or follow us…

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Taggart Presents at the Child Care Resource Network (CCRN) Conference

November 6, 2014 Caroline Taggart co-presented at the Child Care Resource Network’s Heroes Big and Small Conference on October 24, 2014. Ms. Taggart and Melodie Baker, Education Program Director at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, presented the Erie/Niagara Birth-to-8 Coalition’s Working Community Action Plan. The coalition is a collaboration of over 50 community agencies and organizations working to increase the well-being of children. Via Evaluation has facilitated the…

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Lundquist New Board Member

October 29, 2014 Komani Lundquist of Via Evaluation has accepted an invitation to be on the Board of Directors of Deaf Access Services. She will be seated on the board for her three year term later this year. Komani participated in the 2014 Board Leadership Training program offered by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and she found the course exceptionally helpful. Via Evaluation supports Komani in this…

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Weitzel Presents at AEA Conference

October 28, 2014 Jessica Weitzel presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association in Denver, CO on October 17th, 2014. The presentation, “Report Whisperer Tips and Tricks for Low-Cost Visualization and Reporting,” provided a room full of evaluators with advice on how to use Microsoft Word and Excel to create reports and visualizations aligned to the Evaluation Report Layout Checklist and Data Visualization Checklist. Ms. Weitzel has presented annually at…

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Gary Ciurczak Attends and Presents at GPA Conference in Portland

October 24, 2014 Gary Ciurczak attended his second Grant Professional’s Association Conference in Portland, OR last week, October 16th – October 18th. There were many very interesting and helpful presentations with ideas that could immediately help any grant proposal. Part of any evaluator’s responsibility is to help inform the field of evaluation. To that end, GPA added an evaluation track to improve interaction between evaluators and grant writers that will ultimately result in…

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Via Evaluation Team Attends AEA Conference 2014

October 20, 2014 Via Evaluation team members Jessica Weitzel, Amy Puca, and Komani Lundquist attended the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association in Denver, CO last week, October 15th through October 18th. They attended a wide variety of conference sessions on different topics in evaluation. Some of these topics included: data visualization; evaluation of STEM, after-school, early childhood, and other programs; logic modeling, community asset mapping, and innovative evaluation methods.…

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Reforming Buffalo Public Schools Luncheon

October 16, 2014 Via Evaluation understands that context matters. From design to implementation and impact, understanding the social and political environments in which programs operate is essential to creating a solid program that will produce intended outcomes.  We have the fortunate opportunity to provide evaluation services to Buffalo Public Schools as well as numerous community-based organizations that serve the students of Buffalo, including seven of the nine providers of 21st Century…

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Lundquist Attends “Passport to HR Innovation” SHRM Conference

October 1, 2014 This week, our Director of Operations, Komani Lundquist attended a 3-day New York State (NYS) Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference. The Conference, ‘Passport to HR Innovation’ was held in Buffalo, NY. It offered an excellent HR networking opportunity for Via Evaluation as well as providing many innovative ideas for Leadership, Strategy, Social Media, and of course, Human Resources that can be shared internally and with…

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United Way Day of Caring 2014

August 25, 2014 The team at Via Evaluation believes in making our community more awesome (one of our internal strategic goals for 2014) by helping organizations improve the quality of life within their own communities. We understand that developing and improving programs takes more than a dedicated and talented staff; it takes a commitment to learn and adapt. Most days of the year, our team assists organizations in improving their communities…

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Pennsylvania 21st CCLC After-School Program Proposals due by 4 PM in PDE’s Division of Student Services on August 14, 2014

August 5, 2014 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) after-school program grant Request for Applications has been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Approximately $21 million will be awarded through this grant each year for the next three years. The RFA is available here. According to the RFA: “The purpose of the program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students who attend high-poverty…

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Via Welcomes Peter Hubbard!

July 7, 2014 We are excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Peter! Peter Hubbard has been hired as a Research Assistant, take a peek here to learn more about him.

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Now Hiring: Research Assistant

June 19, 2014 We want to thank all who have applied for the Research Assistant position, as of Monday 6/16/2014 we are no longer accepting resumes.

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School Climate Transformation Grant RFP Released; Evaluation Required

May 19, 2014 The U.S. Department of Education recently released a Request for Proposals for the School Climate Transformation Grant for Local Educational Agencies. The RFP and additional information is available here. More than $23 million for this new grant line is available to fund an estimated 118 programs nationwide for up to 5 years. The purpose of the grant is to “develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for,…

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Weitzel Presenting on Sustainability Planning

May 6, 2014 Jessica Aungst Weitzel of Via Evaluation will be presenting “Tools for Sustainability” at the Michigan AfterSchool Association Summer Summit this Friday, May 9th. The summit, in East Lansing, includes a day of sessions on topics relevant to out-of-school-time programs. Via Evaluation is an evaluation and consulting firm that works with community based organizations, schools, and others to improve quality of life in communities. Our experience includes work on federal,…

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Virtual Advanced Placement (VAP) Round 2 RFP Announced April 7, 2014 – Program Evaluation Required by NYSED

April 10, 2014 A new round of the Virtual Advanced Placement (VAP) Program has been announced by the NYS Education Department, and it “must be evaluated to determine the extent to which identified program goals and outcomes have been achieved.”  The Request for Proposals and additional information is available here. Approximately $3 million are available to fund programs in New York State for approximately 1 year, beginning in August 2014. According…

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Elementary and Secondary Counseling Grant RFP Released; Evaluation Required

March 19, 2014 The U.S. Department of Education recently released a Request for Proposals for the Elementary and Secondary Counseling Program Grant. The RFP and additional information is available here.  Approximately $15 million is available to fund around 40 programs nationwide for three years. The main purpose of the grant is to establish or expand counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. The two accountability goals are to decrease student:mental…

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MI 21st CCLC RFP Available Now!

February 10, 2014 The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently released a Request for Proposals for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) after-school program grants. The RFP is available here. The grant requires an external, or third-party, evaluator. Via Evaluation has worked with dozens of clients as part of the grant writing team to craft winning grant proposals in 21st CCLC and many other grant lines. Our evaluation sections and…

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NYSED Math Science Partnership RFP Released; External Evaluation Expert Required

January 30, 2014 The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently released a Request for Proposals for Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) grants. The RFP is available here. Approximately $24 million has been designated for the grant line over the next two years. The grant provides a great opportunity for districts to obtain substantial resources to enhance their MSP-related school activities. The RFP requires a Local Education Agency (LEA) or a Charter…

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Via Evaluation Team Attends NY State Afterschool Conference

December 13, 2013 Multiple members of the Via Evaluation team attended the 21st Century Community Learning Centers NY State-wide Conference in Albany last week. Evaluation-related updates include an extension of the deadline for required checklists and elimination of the requirement to conduct the federal teacher survey. Via Evaluation has been evaluating 21st CCLC grants across NY State since the initial round of funding. If you are looking for an experienced evaluator for…

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Via Evaluation Attends Grant Professionals Association Conference

November 25, 2013 Gary Ciurczak, President and CEO of Via Evaluation, attended the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) 15th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland last week. The conference included many concurrent tracks, including evaluation, consulting, and professional development. Over 600 grants professionals and evaluators from across the United States, Canada, and many other countries attended to learn from experts during three days of packed conference activities. Workshops included new information about the upcoming federal…

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NYS 21st CCLC Graphic Timeline

November 19, 2013 New York State 21st CCLC programs are starting up across the state! Program evaluations will be based on the NYSED Local Program Evaluation Framework in the NYS 21st CCLC Evaluation Manual. We have created a graphic timeline which summarizes 21st CCLC evaluation activities as outlined by NYSED.    Download 21st CCLC Timeline

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NYS AmeriCorps RFP Released: Due December 2, 2013

November 6, 2013 The New York State Commission on National and Community Service has released an AmeriCorps Request for Proposals. Applications are due at 5pm EST on December 2, 2013. Evaluation is a required component for all recompeting applicants. All applicants may work with an independent evaluator, and recompeting applicants with an average annual AmeriCorps program grant of $500,000 or more must include plans for an independent (external) evaluation in their applications. Via Evaluation is…

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Weitzel & Taggart Logic Model Demonstration at the Child Care Resource Network

October 30, 2013 Jessica Weitzel and Caroline Taggart will be leading a session at the Child Care Resource Network’s “Relationships, The Heart of Child Care and Education Conference 2013” on Friday, November 1st. The 10:30am session, titled “Crafting a Useful Logic Model,” will interactively demonstrate how to develop a logic model to convey a program’s activities and intended outcomes. For information about Via Evaluation’s approach to logic models, click here. For…

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NYS 21st CCLC Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Meetings Taking Place Now

October 22, 2013 Every 21st CCLC grantee is required to convene a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) within 60 days of grant funding, and the first meeting must cover evaluation topics. Via Evaluation evaluators are participating in the first PAC meetings throughout NY State. In the meeting, the evaluators review the logic model, project objectives, and evaluation plans. If you are a 21st CCLC grantee and need an experienced evaluator for your project who is…

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Taggart Presents at School Mental Health Conference

October 15, 2013 On October 3, 2013, Caroline Taggart of Via Evaluation and Cheri Alvarez of Catholic Charities of Buffalo presented on the development and evaluation of the Closing the Gap model at the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health in Arlington, VA. The theme of the conference was “What Works in School Mental Health: Collaboration from the Inside Out.” The conference featured 12 specialty tracks and included a special topic area…

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Via Evaluation to Present Multiple Sessions at American Evaluation Association Conference

September 30, 2013 Several members of the Via Evaluation team will be presenting at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual conference in Washington, DC the week of October 14th, 2013. At 1:45pm on October 18th, Jessica Weitzel will chair “Successes and Challenges of Education Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity Building within an International Context: Governments and Schools in Santiago, Chile Propose to Address School Violence Utilizing National and International Educational, Training, and…

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United Way’s 21st Annual Day of Caring

August 27, 2013 Via Evaluation staff is proud to have been a part of the 21st Annual Day of Caring that took place on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. This is Western New York’s largest community service event, mobilizing thousands of volunteers to complete hands-on, community service projects in Erie and Niagara counties. Organized by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Via staff helped the residents of DeGraff Adult Day…

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Via Evaluation Staff Attend The Evaluators’ Institute Training

July 26, 2013 This week, Jessica Weitzel and Caroline Taggart attended a 3-day course at The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI). The course, Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques, addressed ways to apply appropriate statistical procedures, from t-tests to structural equation modeling, to real-world evaluation questions. Participants also discussed the importance of clearly explaining to various audiences the implications and interpretation of chosen statistical procedures. All Via Evaluation evaluators have taken part in…

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Lundquist Has Earned Certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

July 15, 2013 Komani Lundquist has earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  The certification was awarded by the HR Certification Institute, and it signifies that Ms. Lundquist possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management needed to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating mastery of the field. Congratulations, Komani! The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society…

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Via Evaluation to Present Webinar on Infographics for Evaluation

Jessica Aungst Weitzel, Director of Evaluation, will be presenting an American Evaluation Association (AEA) coffee break webinar on using Piktochart to communicate evaluation findings August 1st at 2-2:20pm EST. To see a full description and sign up for the webinar (membership required), go to the AEA Coffee Break webinar website.

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Amy Puca, Promoted to Evaluator

June 24, 2013 We are happy to announce that Amy Puca, M.S., M.A., was promoted to Evaluator at Via Evaluation. Previously, Mrs. Puca served as an Evaluation Associate for the company, which is an award winning grant evaluation and development firm headquartered in downtown Buffalo, NY, with evaluation projects throughout NY State.

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Taggart attended professional development provided by the Evaluation Institute

June 20, 2013 Caroline Taggart recently attended the Centers for Disease Control/American Evaluation Association Annual Summer Evaluator’s Institute  in Atlanta, GA from June 3-5. The Institute draws attendees from around the country, and includes presentations by experts who have conducted evaluations in a variety of settings, nationally known authors, those working on the cutting edge, evaluation experts, and outstanding trainers. Ms. Taggart attended several training sessions, including “Quality Improvement Meets Evaluation” and…

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Awards to Provide After-School Programming Announced

June 14, 2013 We extend our congratulations to the recipients of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant to provide after-school programming. Awards were announced this week. The purpose of the 21st CCLC grant is to create or expand community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and youth development opportunities to students and families who may not otherwise have access to these opportunities. The grant process was very competitive,…

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Welcome, Service Collaborative of Western New York

June 11, 2013 Via Evaluation has added The Service Collaborative of Western New York to our growing list of clients. We are providing recommendations to the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program about ways to collect usable data efficiently and effectively. This process pairs the evaluation expertise of Via Evaluation with ABLE staff and member knowledge of the circumstances in which they are collecting data and the ways in which…

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Lundquist is now a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA)

May 23, 2013 Komani Lundquist is now a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA). Congratulations! Ms. Lundquist recently completed her certification for Professional Behavioral Analyst as part of our ongoing professional development here at Via Evaluation. Komani now looks forward to piloting and utilizing her new certification with the assessment tool ‘DISC’. If you are interested in learning more about the DISC assessment, and its utilization in organizations for enhanced communication, management,…

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Via Evaluation to present at ODN of WNY

May 2, 2013 Via Evaluation will be presenting at the May 9, 2013 meeting of Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY. The presentation will focus on, “What is evaluation? Why would I do evaluation? How do I do evaluation?” Attendees will learn the basics of evaluation, four methods of data collection and when to use them, tips for survey creation, and ideas about how to evaluate a current project or initiative.…

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Vive Executive Director to Receive Award from Leadership Buffalo

April 29, 2013 Ms. Angela Jordan-Mosley, MBA, Executive Director of Vive, Inc. will receive the Leadership Buffalo’s Diversity Award from the 10th Annual Values Award Luncheon on May 2, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The Diversity Award is given to a person that:  is aware of personal biases and prejudices  develops/supports/promotes positive relationships that cross real or perceived barriers (ethnic, racial, religious, economic, political, geographic etc.)  exemplifies an appreciation of diverse populations…

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Howard to Present at 15th Annual GPA National Conference

April 26, 2013 Christine E. B. Howard, M.A., Director of Evaluation with Via Evaluation will be facilitating a workshop this fall at the 15th Annual Grant Professionals Association (GPA) National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop; Working with an Evaluator: Best Practices is tentatively scheduled to be presented on Thursday, November 14th. More information about the conference can be found here. Via Evaluation is an award winning grant evaluation and development…

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UB Minority Faculty and Staff Association (MFSA) Biennial Conference Announced

April 25, 2013 The University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Minority Faculty and Staff Association has announced their biennial conference schedule. The theme for this summer’s conference is “Raising a Village: Expanding the Higher Education Pipeline Through Community Collaboration”. The keynote speaker is Dr. Pedro A. Noquera, a Professor at New York University and director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. He is editor of “Unfinished Business: Closing the…

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NYS Master Contract for Grants Updated

April 24, 2013 As part of his statewide effort to transform business practices to better serve the people, Governor Cuomo put forward a key initiative to streamline the State grants process. State agencies are working together to develop a uniform grants contract for use in most grant transactions, multi-year contracting is becoming a priority, and the design of a statewide grants management system is underway. The overall goal is to;  Simplify…

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After-School Network of WNY Presents Partnership & Resource Fair

April 19, 2013 Do you provide programming that promotes positive youth development? Do you want to learn more about the resources that can help you plan quality programming? The After-School Network of Western New York is holding a Partnership & Resource Fair on Tuesday April 23rd from 10am-2pm. The fair will be held at the Willard Pratt Community Center located at 422 Pratt St. in the city of Buffalo. Via Evaluation…

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GPA Presents: Objective-Based Budgeting Workshop

April 17, 2013 Are you spending on allowable costs that aren’t helping your project meet its goals? Learn to align expenses and budget with your strategic plan, logic model and evaluation processes at an upcoming Objective-Based Budgeting Workshop. This workshop will be held Wednesday May 15th, 2013 in Latham, NY and is sponsored by the Grant Professional’s Association Mohawk Hudson chapter of New York State. Registration is due May 6th and…

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Native American Cultural Competency Training to be held on March 26-28, 2013

March 21, 2013 Native American Community Services will host their annual Native American Cultural Competency Training on March 26-28, 2013 at Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo NY 14207.   View flyer for more information. For training content information, please contact: Pete Hill Health & Wellness Director (716) 874-2797, ext. 310 phill@nacswny.org For registration information, please contact: Laurel Mark NACE Project Planning Specialist (716)…

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Via Evaluation Meets with Chilean Government and University Officials

March 18, 2013 Via Evaluation President and CEO Dr. Gary Ciurczak recently returned from his second one week trip to Santiago, Chile. Via Evaluation, JPS Solutions’ partner Arthur Pritchard, and Carlos Medina, who is both the Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association (CEI-PEA) Director of Special Projects and a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, met with government officials and university faculty members about possible collaboration in the very near future.…

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Save the Date: Y4Y Coffee Break Webinar on Friday, March 15

March 13, 2013  Save the Date:  Y4Y Coffee Break Webinar on Friday, March 15 You for Youth (Y4Y) is a federal professional development and technical assistance web portal for 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program providers. The portal has been redesigned for mobile use. Y4Y will be offering free coffee break webinars to demonstrate the features of the portal, starting with “Welcome to the New Y4Y!”on Friday, March 15 at…

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Via Evaluation Attends Beyond School Hours Conference

March 12, 2013 Emily Hagstrom of Via Evaluation attended the Beyond School Hours conference in Jacksonville, FL (February 20th – February 23rd, 2013). This conference, presented by Foundations, Inc. was a 3 day professional development for after-school professionals. It offered an excellent networking opportunity for Via Evaluation as well as provided many innovative ideas for programming that can be shared with our clients.  The greatest take away from the conference was…

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