Needs and Asset Assessment of Child Nutrition in Tompkins County - Park Foundation/Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County
At the request of the Park Foundation, Horn Research conducted a comprehensive needs and asset assessment of child nutrition in Tompkins County. This needs and asset assessment hopes to provide baseline information to benchmark improvements and guide future programming efforts. The project plan for the assessment included: 1) a gap analysis of available resources and the needs of children related to nutrition and food security with a focus on determining whether children within various demographic groups face more or different challenges; 2) the identification of key structural and attitudinal barriers; and 3) the identification of innovative programming options that may be implemented to improve childhood nutrition in Tompkins County. Surveys were conducted with parents and students in an effort to understand their viewpoints and experiences related to food and nutrition. Qualitative interviews were conducted with stakeholders from non-profit programs and school districts as well as with parents and students. Secondary data from a variety of sources were explored and analyzed to provide context to the Tompkins County landscape.


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Full Report
Executive Summary

Evaluation of the FirstSchool Pilot Project - Vermont Agency of Education
Horn Research conducted a two year evaluation assessing the impact of the FirstSchool pilot project being conducted in five Vermont schools. The evaluation included analyzing various data sources including CLASS, EduSnap, reading and math assessment scores, and qualitative information gathered from site visits and trainings. The evaluation assessed the pilot project's attainment of outcome objectives and provided recommendations for continued implementation.


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Year One Evaluation Report
Year Two Evaluation Report
Final Evaluation Report

Tompkins County Minimum Wage/Living Wage Study - Tompkins County Workers' Center
Horn Research conducted a study for the Tompkins County Workers' Center to understand the impact of a potential county-based “Living Wage as Minimum Wage on Tompkins County non-profits and for-profit care-giving organizations. Surveys and qualitative interviews were conducted with a range of organizations and identified current wage trends, the challenges and benefits of both the increasing NYS minimum wage and a "Living Wage as Minimum Wage" and the key external factors that would be necessary for non-profits to be able to incorporate a "Living Wage" for all of their employees.

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Evaluation of the BackPack Program - Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Horn Research Conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the BackPack Program including surveys and interviews with key stakeholder groups, analysis of FBST data, integration of relevant secondary information, and analysis of other food delivery models. The report provided an assessment of both program outcomes and process and offered recommendations for program improvements and modifications.

Regional Needs Assessment - Community Foundation for South Central New York
Horn Research conducted a needs assessment of the CFSCNY region through a review of available reports and secondary data and qualitative feedback from stakeholders in each county. The results of the project included a comprehensive report for each county (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga) and a summary report for the region. Each report provided the salient data in each topic area (demographics, health, housing, child care/education, transportation, public safety, arts & recreation, and economic development), key needs and gaps, priorities identified by government agencies and non-profit service providers, and recommendations for funding strategies.The reports can be found here.

Agency Capacity Assessment & Analysis - Food Bank of the Southern Tier
The Agency Capacity Assessment was a thorough look at FBST's pantry network capacity to identify the network's strengths and needs and prioritize areas of improvement. The assessment process included an analysis of FBST data, a pantry census, and qualitative interviews with other food banks, pantry directors, and community stakeholders. Horn Research developed all survey instruments and interview guides, collected all data and provided a comprehensive report including a series of recommendations and tools for ongoing assessment.

Prior Authorization Qualitative Assessment - HSAG/State of New Hampshire
A subcontracted project through the Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG) for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to explore health care providers' experiences with the prior authorization process for medications and services within the Medicaid Care Management program. The methodology was based on qualitative interviews with 40 providers from a variety of specialties and practice types. Horn Research developed all interview guides and collected all the data and provided a comprehensive report of findings including recommendations for improvements.

Medicaid Care Management Focus Groups - HSAG/State of New Hampshire
Another subcontracted project through HSAG, Inc. for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, this is a 5-year project conducting biannual focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries in New Hampshire. The focus group project is part of a larger effort to evaluate New Hampshire's shift to managed care for select Medicaid populations. The focus groups are intended to identify the main challenges and barriers beneficiaries face with the new system and will help guide policy decisions at the state level. Horn Research is responsible for the focus group guide development, participant recruitment, focus group facilitation, qualitative data analysis, and reporting.

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Program Evaluation of the Mobile Food Pantry - Food Bank of the Southern Tier
The evaluation of the Mobile Food Pantry explored the current attainment of process and outcome goals by the program and identified opportunities for improvement and expansion. The methodology included in-person surveys of participants at the pantry sites as well as program observations, stakeholder interviews, and a review of relevant secondary data. Horn Research developed all survey and interview instruments, designed the methodology, and collected all the data. We provided a comprehensive report of findings including recommendations for future improvements.

Qualitative Research Review of PACE Vermont - State of Vermont
A qualitative assessment of the recently closed PACE Vermont Program for the State of Vermont's Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL). Over 70 interviews were conducted with eight stakeholder groups examining the PACE Vermont Program to identify the factors that worked well, factors that contributed to closing, features or elements that DAIL might seek to replicate in other initiatives in long-term care or health reform, and features or elements that DAIL might seek to avoid in other initiatives in long-term care or health reform.

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Senior Needs Assessment for Tompkins County Office for the Aging
A assessment of seniors in Tompkins County, NY to gather information on the needs and experiences of adults aged 60 and over. Data collection included telephone surveys, online surveys and a review of secondary data.

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Evaluation of US Medical Assistance Program - AmeriCares, Inc.
A comprehensive evaluation of AmeriCares’ US Medical Assistance Program including surveys of In-Network and Out-of-Network Free Clinics, stakeholder interviews with clinic directors, staff, and clinic patients, focus group with clinic directors, and analysis of internal data and documentation. Full report included an assessment of the US Medical Assistance Program’s process, achievement of outcome goals, and recommendations for improvement. A series of training resources and examples were developed to assist development of outcome models, evaluation tools, and methods. (Lead Investigator @ Finch Network)

Medicaid/Medicare Dually Eligible Focus Groups - State of Vermont
Completed a series of focus groups with Vermont residents dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare to examine their experiences accessing program benefits, health services, and assistance. Completed a comprehensive report of results which will be used to guide the development of a new model for dual eligible Vermonters. (Lead Investigator @ Finch Network)

Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative: Outcome Development, Evaluation, and Monitoring Plan - City Harvest, Inc.
Completed a thorough evaluation of HNI’s multi-program, multi-neighborhood initiative. The evaluation included a mixed-methodology approach including program participant surveys, neighborhood surveys, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, program observations, and secondary data. The results of the evaluation showed significant difference in several key points of inquiry between participants and non-participants showing the success of City Harvest programming. Post-evaluation long-term outcome development activities included assisting City Harvest to establish a Social Impact Model for future planning and evaluation efforts and on-going support with data collection, outcome developments, and evaluation. (Lead Investigator @ Finch Network)

Trip Planning Database - Tompkins County Department of Social Services/Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County

Designed, developed and built a web-based database for case managers to find, replicate or create trip plans for Medicare, Medicaid and other low-income and/or disabled clients.

Melrose Mobile Market Evaluation - City Harvest, Inc.
Comprehensive evaluation of hunger relief programming in the South Bronx specifically around food distribution and nutrition education components. Completed surveys of programming participants and non-participants, review and analysis of relevant secondary information, food outlet mapping, qualitative interviews with 3 key stakeholder groups and focus groups. The results of the evaluation showed significant difference in several key points of inquiry between participants and non-participants showing the success of City Harvest programming. (Lead Investigator @ Finch Network,)

COMPASS II – 2.0 – Asset and Need Assessment of Tompkins County - Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County
Follow-up to the widely-used assessment of 2003, COMPASS II-2.0 reviewed relevant indicator data across time as well as surveying households and key informants. The main goal of the COMPASS II-2.0 Project was to update data gathered in the 2003 COMPASS II Project. To this end, both qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques were engaged, including a survey of residents (N=989), a survey of key informants (N=105), interviews with local experts, focus groups, and a review of social, economic and environmental indicator data.

Hunger & Food Insecurity in Tompkins County - United Way of Tompkins County
Completed in depth analysis of hunger and food insecurity in Tompkins County through review of indicator data, interviews with key resource providers, survey of low-income residents, and focus groups with various constituencies. Provided recommendations and support for developing/maintaining sustainable, effective strategies to reduce/eliminate hunger and food insecurity.

COMPASS II – Asset and Need Assessment of Tompkins County - Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County
Managed a comprehensive needs assessment of Tompkins County to build on the strengths of local individuals, associations and organizations to promote broad participation in the continuous improvement of community life. Responsible for all data collection including organizing surveys of businesses, service providers, associations, labor unions and individuals in the Tompkins County area; individual interviews with key stakeholders; conducting focus groups of community members; researching and documenting other community indicators; data analysis; writing and developing reports.

Increased Coordination and Accessibility for Anti-Poverty Services – Evaluation - Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties
Evaluation of the effectiveness of a case-tracking pilot project for families who continue to struggle and return for services. Evaluation of data gathered through database tracking system to determine of goals of project are met. Pre- and post-service survey of clients to determine effectiveness of program. Process based evaluation to determine barriers, roadblocks, inefficiencies and potential collaboration points.

Ithaca City School District Student Life and Culture Survey, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 - Tompkins County Department of Youth Services
Provided data analysis assistance for large survey of middle and high school students over three separate data collection periods. Determined areas of statistical significance and created detailed reports of data analyzed by race, gender, grade level, and intervention/non-intervention status.

Youth Needs Assessment Update - Tompkins County Youth Services Department
Update to the Youth Services Needs Assessment including the identification, collection and analysis of indicator information related to youth outcomes in the county.

Drug Free Communities Grant Application – Evaluation Consultation - Tompkins County Youth Services Department
Reviewed and provided recommendations for the evaluation section of the Tompkins County grant application for Drug Free Communities funding.

Salary & Benefits Survey of Non-for-Profit Agencies in Tompkins County, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, & 2014
Completed a series of compensation surveys of the non-profit community in Tompkins county over the course of several years. Developed, modified, and updated the survey instrument, managed the administration and data collection; completed data analysis; wrote final report and presented the findings at public forums.