EVALUATION RESEARCH CAPABILITY STATEMENT
Polaris provides evaluation and survey research design and implementation, policy research support, consultation and technical assistance and training to policy makers and service providers involved in the key social, economic and development issues confronting federal, state and local governments agencies, foundations, associations and community-based organizations, Indian tribes and Native Alaskan communities, and private industry.
Staff members of Polaris are specialists in the fields of public health and mental health, tobacco control and cessation, education, children and youth and families, juvenile and criminal justice, employment and training policy, HIV/AIDS education and prevention and treatment, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, homelessness, and pre and perinatal support. They include: educators, health and mental health professionals, sociologists, attorneys, criminologists, statisticians, film makers, designers, and trainers. The remainder of this page will focus upon our considerable evaluation experience.
Philosophy Experience Staff Services Equipment Past and Future Projects
The staff and associates of Polaris' Evaluation Research Unit include criminologists, sociologists, psychologists, economists, social workers, ethnographers, anthropologists, health planners, attorneys, city and regional planners, and media specialists. Staff of the unit are trained and experienced in all forms of quantitative and qualitative research, bringing to the task of evaluation not only substantive expertise but knowledge and experience in designing evaluation research studies and data management systems. They are expert in the use of a variety of field data collection methods including mail and telephone survey research techniques, interviews, structured observations and other non-intrusive methods, secondary data analyses, literature reviews and data source scanning and trend monitoring.
The analysis staff is fully experienced in the use of a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques including time series analysis; multivariate analytic techniques such as multiple regression models and path analyses, factor and cluster analyses, analysis of variance and co-variance, discriminate analysis, and canonical correlation; trend extrapolation; cross-impact analysis; simulation modeling; and scenario development.
1. Policy and Program Evaluations
Need Assessments3. Trend Scanning and Analysis
Political, Social, and Technological Risk Assessments
Extensive microcomputer capabilities and a staff of six data processors allow Polaris to conduct the analytic tasks associated with most projects on an in-house basis. In those instances where large sample sizes require it, Polaris has access to both an IBM 3081 that utilizes CMS and a Vax 780 that utilizes a UNIX operating system.
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