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Metis Begins an Evaluation Project with Palm Beach County Children’s Services

Metis has a begun a multiyear evaluation project with the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, Florida. The council works with multiple local agencies to promote a continuum of care for children and families through home-visiting programs that support new parents in child rearing and help ensure that children are prepared to enter school. Funds for these services, dedicated by voters, also aim to promote healthy births, avert abuse and neglect, and secure access to quality afterschool and summer programs.

Two of the home-visiting programs are nationally known, evidence-based models: Healthy Families and the Nurse-Family Partnership. Two additional programs are adaptations of the Healthy Beginnings Nurses program. Families are referred to the council through doctors' offices, child care centers, the Florida Department of Children and Families, and other avenues. Once families are identified, they are assessed by a designated social service agency, and then, if eligible, referred to the various visiting programs.

The Children's Services Council in 2012 chose Metis, through a competitive process to conduct a multi-dimensional evaluation of its programming. For the two evidence-based programs, Metis will seek to validate their effectiveness in Palm Beach County and further build the body of evidence of the programs' impacts. For those locally developed programs that have not been subject to research, Metis will begin to establish an evidence base. In addition to studying each program separately (using rigorous quasi-experimental designs that incorporate propensity score matching techniques), Metis will compare the four programs to determine which ones are the most cost effective for various target outcomes and to inform the council's future allocation of resources.

news archive - 2013

December 19, 2013
Kathleen Agaton Receives 2013 Making a Meaningful Difference Award

December 13, 2013
Metis and Eskolta Hold Forum on Measuring Success of Transfer Schools

October 22, 2013
Metis Paints School Mural on New York Cares Day

October 15, 2013
Metis to Present Results of Arts Education Studies at 2013 AEA Conference

October 15, 2013
Jing Zhu to Present Results of Drop-Out-Prevention Program at 2013 AEA Conference

August 22, 2013
The Magnet Compass Features an Interview with Metis’s Claire Aulicino

August 8, 2013
Fairfield County Community Foundation Puts Metis Research Results into Action

July 8, 2013
Metis Congratulates the Winners of New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants

June 21, 2013
Metis Begins Evaluation of Girl Scout Leadership Institute

May 9, 2013
Metis to Evaluate the PEP Foundation College Readiness Program

May 7, 2013
Metis Begins Audit of Baltimore County Magnet Schools

April 24, 2013
Metis to Evaluate New York City Race to the Top Initiative

April 4, 2013
Metis Staff to Present at AERA Conference April 30, 2013

April 4, 2013
Metis to Evaluate Boys & Girls Clubs of America Summer Program

March 5, 2013
Metis Evaluation Featured in National Striving Readers Report

February 28, 2013
Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Goes to Camden, New Jersey

January 10, 2013
Metis Begins an Evaluation Project with Palm Beach County Children’s Services

January 5, 2013
Ada Chau Receives Making a Meaningful Difference Award


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