Building Changes is a non-profit organization working as an intermediary to pull together government, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations in a collective effort to impact family and youth homelessness in Washington State. For the past five years, Clarus has worked closely with Building Changes to refine their measurement, learning, and evaluation strategies; conduct needs assessments for program planning; and evaluate their grant projects, including analyzing grantee and other data.
Clarus currently is a partner with ICF International, providing evaluation capacity building assistance and subject matter expertise on implementation science, continuous quality improvement, and other content areas via the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States. The Center for States is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau to help public child welfare organizations and professionals build the capacity necessary to strengthen, implement, and sustain effective child welfare practice and to achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families. Through this project, the Clarus team has supported multiple child welfare improvement efforts in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Texas.
Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
In addition to our work with the Children’s Bureau Capacity Building Center for States, Clarus Research has served as a reviewer of and local evaluator on HHS grants and cooperative agreements. For example, we led a multi-site, mixed-methods evaluation of implementation efforts to create trauma-informed child welfare systems on three tribal reservations in Montana and co-led an experimental, mixed-methods implementation and outcome evaluation of family team conferencing models in Alachua County, Florida.
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
NFWF is the largest private conservation grant-maker in the country, working with the public and private sectors to restore our fish, wildlife, plants, and habitat. Clarus has been co-principal investigator with Dantzker Consulting and others on evaluations of important NFWF programs. For the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants Program, we evaluated the innovative practices of more than 100 grantees to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Clarus led the development and administration of complex surveys to study grantee dissemination of INSR-funded best management practices (BMPs) and wider adoption of those INSR-funded BMPs among stakeholders across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works is a non-profit that provides training and opportunities for law students and lawyers to explore and increase their dedication to careers in public service. Clarus is conducting a formative, mixed-methods evaluation of their Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC) program, through which legal Fellows provide legal services to low-income and marginalized communities that were affected by the 2017 Harvey, Irma, and Maria hurricanes.
University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck
School of Social Work
Since 2014, Clarus Research has led numerous evaluation and research studies for the School. For example, we designed and conducted a longitudinal evaluation of the School’s Virtual Academic Center field practicum. We also conducted a formative, mixed-methods process and outcomes evaluation of the Law Enforcement Advanced Development (LEAD) Certificate Pilot Program, in which the School’s faculty trains select Los Angeles County police officers to interact more productively with diverse and vulnerable communities. In addition, Clarus led the School in redesigning its system for assessing student learning outcomes for re-accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education and conducted a secondary analysis of administrative data to identify factors that facilitate and hinder MSW student success in field placement and graduation.