TIER researchers regularly serve as evaluation partners for non-profit and government organizations. TIER’s evaluations are designed in collaboration with program and policy leads, reflecting TIER’s commitment to conducting accessible and useful evaluations that simultaneously satisfy funders, help programs improve practices and build their own evaluation capacity, and advance the research field.
Adaptation and Use of Evidence-Based Home Visiting for Justice System Involved Young Mothers
Funded by Evidence Based Practice Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Birth to Third Grade Partnership: Home Visiting Needs Assessment for the City of Cambridge
Funded by the City of Cambridge
Engagement and Retention of Fathers in Home Visiting in MA: Lessons from the Field
This small qualitative study examined father engagement in home visiting using SEED funding from the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC). The study described the techniques home visitors use to engage fathers and how fathers’ engagement in home visiting is expressed. The study also examined the degree to which the use and effectiveness of home visitors’ techniques is influenced by fathers’ motivation and determination to participate in home visiting, home visitor commitment to father engagement, and program-level policies and practices pertaining to father inclusion. Finally, the study explored benefits to families of father engagement in home visiting, highlighting fathers’ involvement in parenting, the co-parenting relationship, relationship quality, and parenting stress and mental health, and how these benefits may promote mothers’ program retention.
Evaluation of the Gender Equity Model Sites Initiative
Funded by the Schott Foundation for Public Education
Evaluation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Perinatal Tobacco Cessation Programs
TIER was contracted by the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to conduct an evaluation to understand how MDPH can better tailor its tobacco and nicotine cessation efforts to meet the unique needs of pregnant and parenting people in Massachusetts, with the goal of promoting quit success. The goals of the mixed methods evaluation were to understand: (1) the prevalence of tobacco use among pregnant and parenting clients of substance use treatment and family support programs in Massachusetts; (2) substance use treatment and family support provider preparedness to support tobacco cessation efforts, and how preparedness differs between the two provider types, (3) substance use treatment and family support provider practices related to working with clients who use tobacco, and how these practices differ between the two provider types, and (4) factors related to tobacco reduction or cessation among substance use treatment and family support program clients.
Evaluation of the Massachusetts Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)
Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Evaluation of the Summer Learning Collaborative
TIER was the evaluation partner for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley’s Summer Learning Collaborative (SLC), a social and emotional learning (SEL) initiative offered in 15 summer programs serving 12 partners and more than 2,000 K-8th grade children who live in low-income communities within the Greater Boston area. The SLC program model uses education professionals experienced in SEL to coach SLC partners on how to implement developmentally appropriate SEL methods and practices at their summer programs. These practices are focused on the five SEL competencies taught by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.
Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE)
TIER’s mixed-methods evaluation of HOPE was an implementation and outcomes evaluation, focusing on the processes involved for organizations that receive HOPE training as they move toward creating a HOPE-informed strategy that is fitting for their organization and its families, implementing the strategy, and identifying changes that come about for families and providers.
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Laying the Groundwork for a Child Maltreatment Prevention Initiative: A Community-Based Mixed Methods Approach
Funded by Tufts Collaborates
Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation—Phase 1
Funded by Children’s Trust, Massachusetts and Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Needs Assessments
TIER was contracted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to conduct the needs assessment for the Massachusetts Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MA MIECHV) Program. The goals of the MA MIECHV needs assessment were to: (1) identify communities with concentrations of risk; (2) identify the quality and capacity of existing programs or initiatives for early childhood home visiting in the state; (3) discuss the state’s capacity for providing substance use treatment and counseling services to individuals and families in need of such treatment or services; and (4) coordinate with and take into account requirements of the Title V, CAPTA, and Head Start needs assessments. TIER’s broader aims were to generate a comprehensive understanding of the needs of families with young children across Massachusetts within the context of racial inequities, to determine whether existing family support programs and services are sufficient to both meet families’ needs and effect change at a structural level, and to identify strategies to strengthen the state’s early childhood systems of care.
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Touchpoints Early Child Care and Education Initiative Evaluation
Funded by Evidence Based Practice Group and the Annie E. Casey Foundation funded by Brazelton Touchpoints Center funded by Evidence Based Practice Group and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Tufts Young Fathers Study
Funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and Children’s Trust, Massachusetts
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