Compass Evaluation & Research staff have provided evaluation services to agencies and organizations implementing programs related to health, community, and safety. Examples of our work in these areas include:

Association for the Benefit of Child Development (ABCD)

Compass staff evaluated ABCD's maternal/child health program in Forsyth County. The evaluation involved assessing the efficacy and efficiency of providing coordinated services and referrals as well as assessing the outcomes of the program.

Catholic Social Services (CSS)

Compass staff provided services to CSS to help evaluate their Adolescent Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Program. Services included designing a database to track and follow-up with participants and analyzing and interpreting evaluation data.

John Rex Endowment

Compass worked with the John Rex Endowment to evaluate ECHO2, a non-traditional approach to providing health services and referrals. Compass staff members conducted a two-fold study of the ECHO2 in Wake County that involved 1) gathering qualitative information from staff, community leaders, lay health advisors, and service recipients to assess the impact and importance of the non-traditional delivery model as well as service recipients' ability to receive and satisfaction with services and 2) conducting a cost-consequence analysis to compare the cost of providing non-traditional health care services to a “hard to reach” population with that of providing traditional health care services (e.g., public hospital, emergency room, health clinic) to the same population.

North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center

Compass staff collaborated with The Rural Center to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of Project New Start – Phase II. The purpose of the project was to expand comprehensive employment and training activities to dislocated workers in Harnett, Johnston, Randolph, and Wilson counties. In addition to evaluating the program, Compass staff provided technical assistance to the local service agencies to help them track clients and analyze, report, and utilize findings to improve services.

Orange County Public School System, NC

Compass staff assisted Orange County Schools (OCS) to evaluate their Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) project designed to improve and strengthen their emergency management plans and their capacity to prepare for and mitigate larger scale emergency incidents. Primary data sources included 1) project records such as minutes from crisis team meetings, school emergency response plans, and schedule and description of trainings and 2) district and school data such as the number and types of critical incidents, response times to critical incidents, and response times to drills. The remaining data were collected from district and school surveys developed in collaboration with the OCS REMS Project Director and other key stakeholders.

Wake County Human Services, NC

Compass staff members conducted an evaluation of Partnership for Educational Success (PES) program, a collaborative effort between the Wake County Public School System and Wake County Human Services to provide academic and family support services for students performing below grade level. Compass worked with PES to develop evaluation logic models for each component of the project (Parent Liaisons, 4-H Magic Camp, Ready to Learn Early Childhood Education, PES School Site Teams, and Wake County Health Department) as well as an overarching logic model for PES as a whole. Once the logic models were in place, surveys and protocols were developed, implemented with program participants, and analyzed along with data from the PES database and student scores on the NC End-of-Grade tests for students in grades 3 through 8.