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IMPAQ Your Week - August, 8, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Project Updates

IMPAQ has delivered the final evaluation report for Healthy Howard’s Chronic Disease Care Coordination (CDDC) program, a targeted care coordination intervention with four Howard County primary care practices. IMPAQ’s goal was to descriptively assess the processes, outputs, and outcomes of CDCC and present findings for improvement. Providers referring patients to the program found improvements in their patients’ ability and skills for self-managing their health conditions, navigating the healthcare system, and accessing social support services. The report authors include Rekha Varghese, Monique Anthony-Akpotaire, and Gavriella Frank.

IMPAQ’s evaluation of the Child Labour Elimination Actions for Real Change (CLEAR) project is quoted in Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation’s Annual Report. In our evaluation report, we described CLEAR as “a very successful initiative to combat child labour in tobacco-growing regions across Malawi. Its holistic approach allowed for attacking the problem from different fronts, as well as their overall interaction.” Ye Zhang, Lauren Lochocki, and Jaime Meza-Cordero worked on our report.

The Education Division is ending a three-year study on Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections, an application of the Reading Apprenticeship framework in middle schools employing a hybrid professional development model that incorporates online and face-to-face learning opportunities for educators. Team members, Yasuyo Abe, Vincent Chan, Fang Lai, Stephanie Levin, Lorena Ortiz, Eliana Saltares, and Brandon Saunders, will participate today in an internal retreat to review analysis and findings.

Publications & Presentations

Beginning this weekend, IMPAQ Strategy will exhibit at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Expo in Salt Lake City, UT. If you are attending the event, visit us at booth 242 to learn how IMPAQ Strategy’s approach to advisory engagements helps clients leverage decades of diversified experience to avoid costly mistakes and exceed program goals.

Chris Brandt’s article, “Impact Results of the eMINTS Professional Development Validation Study,” was published in the latest version of the Journal of Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Chris co-authored the paper with peers from the University of Virginia and American Institutes for Research.

Our Research Says

This week, we are launching a new segment called Our Research Says, where our experts discuss the impact their findings have on public programs and policy. This week, we have Health Research Associate Dr. Daniela Zapata, whose recent paper on the effects of the Affordable Care Act was cited by President Barack Obama in his article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Upcoming Conferences

Minh Huynh to present at the 22nd Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) International Conference, August 15, San Francisco, CA.

IMPAQ to sponsor and exhibit at the National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference, August 29-September 1, Washington, DC.

Jean Paul Pétraud to present at the International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), September 23-26, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Human Services and Health Division staff members to present at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 29-November 2, Denver, CO.