AMSTAT provides fast and reliable credential evaluation services for numerous local, state, and federal government entities, schools, community, non-profit organizations and business clients. Hundreds of thousands of successful clients cite these reasons for choosing to work with AMSTAT:
- All of our principals have Ph.D. at leading universities including Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia.
- They include nationally renowned evaluation experts.
- They have over 100 years of practical experience in evaluation and performance measurement.
- Our fees usually pale in comparison to the savings and/or additional profits that our work produces for our clients.
- Over 90% of our clients request our assistance more than once, as our clients are almost universally happy with our different brand of evaluation.
- We are more reasonably priced than most other companies offering health evaluations.
- We offer personalized, comprehensive, and friendly support during and after your consultation with us.
- We offer ultra-fast turnaround times.
AMSTAT can conduct several types of evaluations. Some of them include the following:
- Ensure that a program or program activity is feasible, appropriate, and acceptable before it is fully implemented.
- Conduct it when a new program or activity is being developed or when an existing one is being adapted or modified.
- Examine whether the proposed program elements are likely to be needed, understood, and accepted by the population you want to reach.
- Examine the extent to which an evaluation is possible, based on the goals and objectives.
- Allow for modifications to be made to the plan before full implementation begins.
- Maximize the likelihood that the program will succeed.
- Determine whether program activities have been implemented as intended.
- Evaluate how well the program is working, the extent to which the program is being implemented as designed, and whether the program is accessible and acceptable to its target population.
- Provide an early warning for any problems that may occur.
- Allow programs to monitor how well their program plans and activities are working.
- Track program information related to Who, What, When and Where questions:
- To whom did you direct program efforts?
- What has your program done?
- When did your program activities take place?
- Where did your program activities take place?
- What are the barriers/facilitators to implementation of program activities?
- Measure the degree to which the program is having an effect on the target population’s behaviors.
- Tell whether the program is being effective in meeting it’s objectives.
- Some questions we may address with an outcome evaluation include:
- Were medical providers who received intensive STD training more likely to effectively counsel, screen and treat patients than those who did not?
- Did the implementation of STD counseling in community-based organizations result in changes in knowledge, attitudes, and skills among the members of the target population?
- Did the program have any unintended (beneficial or adverse) effects on the target population(s)?
- Do the benefits of the STD activity justify a continued allocation of resources?
- Examine what resources are being used in a program and their costs (direct and indirect) compared to outcomes.
- Provide program managers and funders a way to assess cost relative to effects. “How much bang for your buck.”
- Examine the degree to which the program meets its ultimate goal.
- Provide evidence for use in policy and funding decisions.
We are happy to provide the help you need at any or all of the following steps in earning the answers you request:
- developing a detailed program evaluation management plan;
- reviewing program documents and records;
- conducting pre-program development (Needs Assessment) evaluation;
- conducting implementation (Process or Formative) evaluation;
- conducting impact (Performance, Outcome or Summative) evaluation;
- conducting site and classroom observations;
- conducting focus group interviews;
- conducting surveys;
- leading site evaluation team meetings;
- inputting, organizing, and cleaning the data;
- implementing data analysis;
- developing written evaluation reports;
- presenting evaluation results to governing board
AMSTAT is dedicated to offering the following professional services:
- Independent program evaluation services for grants
- Performance measurement for corporations
- Government contracting activities
- Statistical and other types of quantitative analysis and support
- Other types of administrative functions
Program evaluation is a tool with which to demonstrate accountability to an array of stakeholders who may include funding sources, policymakers, state, and local agencies implementing the program, and community leaders. AMSTAT can:
- Engage stakeholders
- Describe the program
- Focus the evaluation
- Gather credible evidence
- Justify conclusions
- Ensure the use of evaluation findings and share lessons learned
Devising the Sampling Plan
We are experts in devising the sampling plan. We can choose the various options such as:
- Simple Random Sampling
- Stratified Random Sampling
- Cluster Sampling
- Quota Sampling
- Purposive Sampling
- Snowball Sampling
Specifying the Survey
We are experts in specifying the initial survey based on your research interest. We can choose the various options of scales such as:
- Nominal Scales
- Ordinal Scales
- Interval Scales
- Ratio Scales
Developing the interview
Before an interview takes place, respondents should be informed about the study details and given assurance about ethical principles, such as anonymity and confidentiality. This gives respondents some idea of what to expect from the interview, increases the likelihood of honesty and is also a fundamental aspect of the informed consent process. Wherever possible, interviews should be conducted in areas free from distractions and at times and locations that are most suitable for participants. For many this may be at their own home in the evenings. Whilst researchers may have less control over the home environment, familiarity may help the respondent to relax and result in a more productive interview. Establishing rapport with participants prior to the interview is also important as this can also have a positive effect on the subsequent development of the interview.
We can design and perform the required statistical analyses. Here is a sample of some of the analytical tools with which we are familiar:
- Correlation Analysis, T-test, Chi-square Test, Regression Analysis, Logistic Regression, Hierarchical Regression Analysis, Factor Analysis, Principal Components Analysis, One-way ANOVA/ANCOVA, One-way MANOVA/MANCOVA, Factorial ANOVA/ANCOVA, Repeated Measures ANOVA/ANCOVA, Repeated Measures MANOVA/MANCOVA, Nonparametric Test (Wilcoxon signed rank test, Friedman test, Kruskal-Wallis test, Mann-Whitney test, Spearman Rank Correlation), Structural Equation Modeling, Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Multilevel Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Exploratory Factor Analysis, Mediation Analysis, Moderation Analysis, Time Series Analysis, Spatial Time-series Modeling, Cluster Analysis, Cox Regression, Kaplan-Meier Survival Analysis, Trend Analysis, Sensitivity Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), Bayesian Analysis, Bayesian Cox Regression, Joint Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling, Latent Class Analysis, Longitudinal Growth Modeling, Mixed-Effects Regression Model, Meta-Analysis, Mixture Model, Linear Mixed Models, Predictive Modeling, Distribution Analysis (e.g., Lognormal, Weibull, Gamma), Decision Tree, Ensemble Analysis, De-identification, Interim Analysis, Item Analysis, Discriminant Analysis, Binomial Test, Heterogeneity Test, Multidimensional Scaling, Tau-U Analysis, and Advanced Statistical Analysis
We have expertise in virtually every statistical and qualitative software package, including but not limited to:
- SAS, SPSS. Stata. HLM, Mplus, R, SPSS Amos, SPSS Modeler, Azure, Access, WinBUGS, Minitab, Match!3, Zview
We are dedicated to helping our clients analyze their qualitative data utilizing a number of different methodologies.
Meta-Analysis is a methodology employed to synthesize the outcomes of various studies related to the same topic or outcome measure. We can achieve the integration of research findings through qualitative means. Qualitative meta-analysis follows the same replicable procedures of a quantitative meta-analysis; however, it is interpretive rather than aggregative. It is critical to define the domain of research and establish criteria for including studies in the review.
Standardized as a phenomenological research methodology by Moustakas (1994), the modified van Kaam (1959) method involves understanding the essence, meaning, and structure of an individual’s lived experiences. AMSTAT Consulting uses this methodology to look for patterns and trends by identifying shared beliefs.
We are experts in observing events, stating a hypothesis, observing additional events, and evaluating whether the new observations follow the hypothesis. We can ease the process for anyone who uses analytic induction.
Logical or Matrix Analysis
Logical or matrix analysis emphasizes the processes of reasoning while analytic induction relies on observations. Thus, how the answer is found is as important as what the answer actually is.
Performance measurement and improvement are systematic processes by which an organization continuously and consistently tracks and applies important program and operations data for the purpose of optimizing its ability to efficiently and effectively advance its desired social impact. The most powerful performance measurement systems are typically a core responsibility of an organization’s own staff, who integrate program, financial and organizational data to measure an organization’s progress and success.
AMSTAT can conduct performance measurement to enable an organization to continuously learn and improve, which helps it to achieve better results. The metrics tracked should be derived from an organization’s intended impact and theory of change—what the organization is holding itself accountable for achieving and how to get there. By measuring performance, we can:
- Track progress towards and be held accountable for their intended impact and theory of change
- Ensure programs or initiatives are implemented as designed
- Learn about ways to achieve even better results by analyzing insights
- Communicate progress and successes internally and externally to staff, beneficiaries, funders, peer organizations, and the broader community
- Over time, gain insights about program effectiveness and what works and, if appropriate, prepare for rigorous program evaluations
There are five key steps to a strong performance measurement and improvement process. We can:
- Define: Clarify your definition of success and the critical questions or decisions that performance measurement will help inform.
- Crystallize your intended impact and theory of change.
- Derive clear, prioritized metrics from these that cover program, financial, and organizational data.
- Design and develop a data system and data-collection process to systematically gather and analyze this data at appropriate intervals.
- Measure: Collect information, verify and validate it, and track it in the data system.
- Learn: Analyze data and generate reports to identify insights and propose ways to improve.
- Improve: Decide which improvements will strengthen the organization’s success and begin implementing them.
- Share: Decide how what you have learned may help others in your organization and in the greater field, and share your metrics and results.
Good leadership and management are essential to organizational development, performance, and sustainability. An organization succeeds because of what it does (a shared commitment to accomplish something useful and important) and how it does it (the way it functions, decides, evaluates, adapts, and delegates).
Factors determining how an organization does its work or accomplishes its objectives:
- Effectiveness and functioning of individuals at all levels of the organization
- Management systems supporting their work
- Organizational culture
- Adequacy of human and financial resources
Organizational performance always includes some element of customer satisfaction. One evaluates what an organization does in relation to the goals and objectives it has established. Evaluators should, therefore, define measures or indicators in relation to the specific long- and short-range objectives set by the organization, many of which are presented in this database. We can:
- Use a standard set of criteria based on national or international norms and standards
- Develop indicators for each management area and component in collaboration with the organization as part of an exercise to review and strengthen its management systems
- This approach involves an assessment to determine the baseline stage of development of the organization.
Evaluation encourages us to examine the operations of a program, including which activities take place, who conducts the activities, and who is reached as a result. In addition, evaluation will show how faithfully the program adheres to implementation protocols. Through program evaluation, we can determine whether activities are implemented as planned and identify program strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
AMSTAT provides a variety of specialized evaluation services in health. They include:
- Tobacco prevention, evidence-based medicine, clinical practice guidelines, children and family services, healthcare ethics, biostatistical studies, clinical trial design and methodology, medical education, biostatistical consulting, clinical program evaluation, performance measurementm, and process improvement
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