Founded in 2010, Action Research conducts research, program evaluation, and policy analysis to improve human services for children, youth, and families. We tailor each project to the needs of our partner and produce results that program staff and funders can use to make concrete decisions.
Operational Research and analysis
We use a range of social science methods to conduct operational and exploratory research, and analyze policies and systems. We tailor our work to the capacities and interests of our partners with the aim of producing results that program staff, policymakers, and funders can use to improve services. Bringing our national child welfare expertise, we work on a range of policy topics within child welfare: kinship placements, foster home recruitment, differential response, and prevention services, among other areas. We have a special facility with complex administrative data and deep knowledge of SACWIS systems, NCANDS, and AFCARS databases.
We evaluate programs, both formally and informally. We believe in using mixed methods that incorporate quantitative data, discussions with multiple layers of staff, and background research on context and history. Our team has expertise in statistical quantitative techniques as well as conducting focus groups, interviews, and understanding program operations, strengths and challenges. We bring a sophisticated understanding of the risks and rewards of research and how to partner with programs and program staff.
Performance measurement and continuous quality improvement
We help individual programs and organizations set up performance measurement systems that allow managers and staff to monitor their progress and improve their services. We assist organizations in analyzing data to track and improve programs and operations.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
American Bar Association
Broome County Department of Social Services
Casey Family Programs
Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Dutchess County Department of Social Services
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
National Juvenile Defender Center
New York City Administration for Children’s Services
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
New York University School of Law
New Yorkers for Children
Redlich Horwitz Foundation
Vera Institute of Justice