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Data helps to understand the reemergence of preventable diseases

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vaccine preventable outbreaksSince 2008, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has been tracking reports on outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Besides illustrating the increasing rate of infection in the United States and other countries, how can this data be useful?

Maps, such as this spiffy interactive map,  can certainly raise our awareness of an issue and illicit concerns. They can also get us to start asking important questions.

  • Why do we see recurrent outbreaks on the West Coast over the past 5 years? Are these the same communities being impacted or are they new?
  • Why is the United States the leader in Whooping Cough Infections?
  • The number of infections in North America Sky rocketed from 171 in 2009 and 20,555 in 2010. What happened during that year?
  •  What are the factors at play in the rise of preventable diseases? What kind of role have Fear of Vaccines, Access to Vaccines, Apathy?
  •  What does this mean for our communities and our families?

Data can be used to understand what is happening on both a local and global scale. This in turn can help us determine and develop effective strategies for addressing these concerns. By identifying communities most at risk and the reasons they are at higher risk, we can use data to inform where and how we intervene.

The Evaluation Team here at CCNY does just this, helping our clients take the next step with their data. Using Data Vizualization, we help clients understand and ask crucial questions of their data, and then help them turn it into action.

Steps for Preparing for Managed Care [Infographic]

If you provide behavioral or physical health services for Medicaid consumers, you have probably heard about the changes to both systems. You may have even heard that you need to prepare for Medicaid Managed Care. What is managed care?

Managed Care is a term that is used to describe a health insurance plan or health care system that coordinates the provision, quality and cost of care for its enrolled members. – NY State Department of Health

What isn’t discussed is how to prepare your organization and staff for this change. What steps need to be taken? Do you have the infrastructure and right people in place to take those steps? How do you measure your achievements and outcomes? Are those the achievements and outcomes Medicaid Managed Care will find valuable?  CCNY, Inc. is here to help with an infographic describing the steps, and expectations to prepare your organization for Managed Care.

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If you are interested in getting support in this process, contact us for more information.  We would be happy to help.

 

 

CCNY is hiring an evaluator

 

CCNY is looking for an Evaluator to join the team. This position is full time and has a great time off and benefits package.

The Evaluator is responsible for evaluating and researching various (physical and behavioral health, social and human services, education, arts) programs, including developing evaluation designs and instrumentation; collecting, coding, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data; conducting interviews, focus groups and systematic observations; and reporting evaluation findings.

• Develop appropriate evaluation solutions that match organization/project need
• Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using advanced statistics to include (but not limited to regression analysis, multi-level modeling, pattern analysis and predictive modeling)
• Perform cost and ROI data analysis
• Perform supplemental analysis such as evaluability analysis
• Conduct focus groups and interviews
• Create accurate and meaningful reports of evaluation results for both internal and external stakeholders
• Develop working relationships and partnerships with community partners and stakeholders
• Supervise student evaluation projects as identified
• Conduct and write Literature Reviews on particular topics
• Manage and monitor implementation of data collection for programs
• Monthly Travel required

Skills/Qualifications
• Minimum of 2 years of paid experience with research and evaluation
• Graduate Degree in Social Work, Public Health or related field
• Must be proficient in Excel and Access as well as statistical software such as SPSS/PASW, SAS or Minitab
• Knowledge of relational databases
• Advanced data visualization skills
• Experience in presenting evaluation findings to internal and external staff, customers and stakeholders
• Documented ability with advanced data analysis and report preparation (will be asked to produce examples)

If you are interested in applying for this position and meet the requirements, please submit a cover letter and resume to: hr@comconnectionsny.org

Leveraging Outcome Based Measures in Grant Writing, an AEA Event

The Executive Committee of the United Way Agency Executives Association is hosting the program entitled “Leveraging Outcome Based Measures in Grant Writing.”


Wednesday June 4, 2014

 8:30am-12:00pm

Meals on Wheels Community Center

100 James E Casey Drive

Buffalo NY 14206

$10 for non-members, FREE for AEA members

 

This program includes an interactive workshop, networking opportunities and a breakfast.  During the workshop attendees will develop a plan for how to gather, quantify, and report on the criteria each unique organization uses to measure success.  The workshop will also guide attendees in how this data can be used during the grant writing process.

This event includes presentations from Matthew McDonald, the Director of the Nonprofit Technology Solutions Division, Lindsay Evans, Marketing Communications Coordinator, both at Brisbane Consulting Group and Jim Serafin, the President of Resource Development and Management.

Matthew McDonald has extensive experience providing accounting software and technology solutions to nonprofit, government and manufacturing agencies.  He has implemented a comprehensive value based business model at Brisbane where client goals and satisfaction are the measurement for success.

Lindsay Evans has been working as a implementation specialist responsible for implementations, training and requisite support for the nonprofit software packages.  She continues to work with nonprofit clients to support their fundraising efforts through sharing best practices and setting up client with Abila Fundraising Online, which she specializes in.

Jim Serafin’s company focuses on strategic marketing, business planning, grant writing, fundraising, and budgeting which has successfully raised millions of dollars to grow not for profit organizations.  As a talented speaker he has presented at national conferences in the areas of product line development and program evaluation.  Previously, he has served in executive positions for a regional food bank, the largest hospital in Colorado, a regional hospital in Texas, a community planning council, a united Way, a soup kitchen and shelter program, and an inner city Montessori School.  Jim is particularly effective in dealing with difficult strategic, fundraising and marketing issues.

Executive Directors, staff, an d board members are welcome to attend.  This event is free for AEA member agencies and $10 for non-members.  Please register by Friday May 30th at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/663383

 

 

2014 Program Evaluation Certificate Course

CCNY is  pleased to announce the return of  the Program Evaluation Certificate course being offered by UB’s School of Social Work.  This course is again being taught by CCNY’s  Heidi Milch and Brian Pagkos, with assistant instructors Andrea Minor and Amy Manning.  The 2014 program will be held at CCNY on September 12, September 26, October 10, and October 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Early Bird Registration goes from now until July 25, 2014.  More information and registration materials can be found at  UB’s School of Social Work Continuing Education page!

There are scholarship opportunities available for Erie and Niagara County staff from the Peter and Elizabeth C.  Tower Foundation.

What will you learn?

In this certificate program, you will learn the elements, tools and processes to complete program evaluation in a human service organization. This includes:

  •  The tools necessary to make evaluation an integrated component in your agency, program, and practice.
  • The basic foundations of program evaluation and methods, data collection techniques.
  • How to produce actionable information from data using Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Skills to use your findings to promote and sustain improvement efforts in your organization.
  • How to develop a program evaluation and quality improvement initiative plan from start to completion.

 

Testimonial about Community Connections of New York:

“One of the most rewarding collaborations we experienced is with Community Connections of New York. We are most grateful for all the assistance given to us in the development of our evaluation database system. We are finally able to see whether or not we are making a difference in our drug/alcohol prevention education efforts…”Lucy Candelario, Executive Director, West Side Community Services

Program Evaluation Certificate Course

CCNY is  pleased to announce the new Program Evaluation Certificate course being offered by UB’s School of Social Work.  This course will be taught by CCNY’s  Heidi Milch and Brian Pagkos.  The 2013 program will be held at CCNY on September 13, September 20, October 4, and October 18, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Registration will open shortly the School of Social Work’s Continuing Education page!

There are scholarship opportunities available for Erie and Niagara County staff from the Peter and Elizabeth C.  Tower Foundation.

Testimonial about Community Connections of New York:

“One of the most rewarding collaborations we experienced is with Community Connections of New York. We are most grateful for all the assistance given to us in the development of our evaluation database system. We are finally able to see whether or not we are making a difference in our drug/alcohol prevention education efforts…”Lucy Candelario, Executive Director, West Side Community Services