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IMPAQ Your World - April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

IMPAQ Welcomes Kelly Daley, Vice President, Survey Research

IMPAQ International welcomes Dr. Kelly Daley as Vice President, Survey Research. Dr. Daley brings 15 years of social policy research experience across a wide range of topics including mixed-mode studies, hard-to-reach populations, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative research design. Dr. Dailey will oversee our Survey Research Division, including Survey Operations and our in-house Survey Center. Read the full press release here.

Project Updates

Rekha Varghese, Sara Borelli, Abisola Abolude, and Vanessa Hoffman presented the final report of our evaluation of the Journey to Better Health Program to the Howard County Health Department and the Howard County General Hospital. This mixed methods evaluation found that enrollment in the program was associated with better health outcomes such as self-efficacy. Findings will be published soon by the county. 

In our work helping the US Department of Education improve the quality and rigor of educator effectiveness program evaluations, the IMPAQ team -- lead by Dr. Karen Armstrong, John Clements, and Dr. Chris Brandt -- recently launched a centralized repository of resources to help educators and policymakers understand, design, and implement evaluations. Visit the Department of Education website to access these valuable resources.

IMPAQ recently developed comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures to assist the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). IMPAQ is supporting CMS’s ongoing efforts to comply with the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as amended by the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010.

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has recently expanded the Cybersecurity Institute, a comprehensive education and training program designed to train students, veterans, and workers in current cybersecurity and information technology practices. IMPAQ is evaluating CCBC’s use of federal grants to expand the program, and recently completed interviews with program staff, students, and key stakeholders representing the industry and the public workforce system. Our forthcoming summative implementation report will describe the program’s major accomplishments and key lessons learned.      

Presentations & Publications

Dr. Maurice Kugler co-authored a research paper on the benefits of diasporas for both home and destination countries through a channel seldom explored previously in the literature, facilitation of information flows about international investments. This paper is forthcoming in the World Bank Economic Review.

Kelley Akiya and Dr. Nada Rayyes will present a poster at the RP Conference in San Francisco on April 20, titled “How to Evaluate Regional Collaboration: Tools, Resources, and Lessons Learned.” Dr. Raquel Sanchez contributed to the poster. 

Good News @ IMPAQ

Dr. Kugler has also been designated as a member of the Scientific Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. The meeting will take place this November in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Two IMPAQ team members are conducing fundraisers in conjunction with our Corporate Social Responsibility program this month.

  • Donna Perlmutter is raising money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research,
  • And Allison Stauffer is participating in Avon 39, the Walk to End Breast Cancer, on May 6th and 7th.

IMPAQ will match their fundraising efforts up to $1,500. To learn more about our Corporate Social Responsibility Program, visit impaqint.com/csr