Our previous attempts to evaluate our undergraduate science research mentoring program had been unsatisfactory and we decided it was time to hire a professional... I used to think it was more important to try to do quantitative analyses of programs like ours, but I am now convinced that well organized qualitative data of the kind that Jessie gathered are very useful. 

—Craig Woodward, Mt. Holyoke College

Clients

Our clients work in education, healthcare, marketing and the culture and arts industries.

Education

JPC provides high insight applied research to higher, secondary, and primary education institutions, addressing central issues in the educational environment, including program development, assessment, and evaluation associated with:

  • Institutional retention and attrition
  • Admissions and enrollment
  • Academic assessment practices
  • Institutional diversity
  • Academic program structure
  • Academic learning outcomes and student achievement
  • Student learning and retention in the sciences
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • Hazing prevention in secondary and post-secondary settings
  • Student advising and academic support
  • Student socialization, leadership and conflict
  • Structure and experience of residential life programs
  • Program, evaluation, and policy development related to hazing prevention
  • Academic learning as preparation for careers and further education
  • Undergraduate career services
  • Structure and delivery of student health services

Education Clients

Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA. One-Day Program: Accessable Career Sevices; Planning & Student Development: Services to First Generation Students

Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA. Office of the Academic Provost: Student Retention

Five Colleges, Inc., Amherst, MA. Five College Womens' Studies Resource Center: Self-Evaluation

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Office of Academic Development: Assessment of the First-Year Program; Academic Major; Senior Year Thesis; Student Retention; Preparation for Post-Graduate Work; Academic Program. Office of Student Affairs: Assessment of Community Life and Student Social Experience. Office of Diversity & Multicultural Education: Assessment of Student Experience of Diversity. Office of Admissioins: Student and Family Decisions on Admission.

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. Evaluation of HCC Sustainable Energy Program: Clean Energy Certificate Program; evaluation of Cross-Campus Western MA Clean Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program.

Loomis-Chaffee School, Windsor, CT. Office of the Head of School: Day and Residential Student Life

Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Office of Development: Cascade Science Mentoring Program

National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance, Hadley, MA. Research & Evaluation Division: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training

Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA, System for Adult Basic Education Division: Evaluation of English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) teacher training workshop series.

SageFox Consulting Group, Amherst, MA. Evaluation Division: Undergraduate Engineering Innovation Training

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Office of Assessment: New Science Programs

Smith College, Northampton, MA. Office of the Dean of the College: Evaluation of Student Socialization, Leadership and Conflict in Residential Life; evaluation of academic programs and preparation for post graduate careers; evaluation of Women's Narrative Project. Office of Career Services: Evaluation of Praxis student internship programs.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, MA. Office of the Head of School: Student Experience of Diversity

StopHazing, Inc., Orono, ME. Undergraduate Hazing Prevention Consortium: Strategic Planning and Evaluation

University of Maine, Orono, ME. Undergraduate Consortium on Hazing Prevention: Hazing Prevention Assessment and NIJ grant writing

VentureWell, Inc./National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance Hadley, MA, Global Programs: Global Innovation and Commercialization Training Program impact assessment and curriculum development; qualitative research to inform an Innovator Insight Series on key innovation strategies; evaluation of the Frontier Set, a Bill and Melinca Gates Foundation five-year national student success initiative across 31 US colleges and univiersities.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Global Programs: Preparation for Post-Graduate Careers. Conducted and reported on alumni interviews regarding impact of education in post graduate careers.

Healthcare

JPC works with healthcare and the social service agencies conducting research to support key program development activities including:

  • Evaluation of healthcare service outcomes through measurement of impact and identification of strengths and areas for further development
  • Identification of healthcare needs in targeted populations and regions
  • Identification of available healthcare services and resources
  • Networking with providers to build coalitions and facilitate engagement in program, service, and product development
  • Strategic planning for fundraising, program development, and institutional growth
  • Delivery and technical assistance for coalition-based prevention programs in community health, with focus on adolescent substance abuse and hazing
  • Content expertise in geriatric care, hazing, adolescent substance abuse, community health needs assessments, mental health.

Healthcare Clients

Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Creative Arts Program/Child Life Services Department: Impact of Arts Programs on Patient Recovery

Center for Resilience, Holyoke, MA. Program strategy and evaluation planning, fundraising for The Alianza Project to provide clinical and youth leadership programs for students who have experienced trauma attending Holyoke Public Schools' Opportunity Academy.

Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke, MA. Office of Development: Health Needs Assessment

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Education Programs: Impact of Artful Healing Program

Noble Hospital, Westfield, MA. Office of Community Development: Health Needs Assessment

Public Health Institute of Western MA/Partners for a Healthier Community, Springfield, MA. Research & Evaluation Division: Evaluation technical assistance for organizations running community health projects in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties; special assessments and evaluations with Springfield Libraries, Healing Racism Institute, Baystate Medical Public Health division on opioid crisis.

Smith College, Northampton, MA. Office of the Dean of the College: Structures for Delivery of Health Services

Western Massachusetts Center for Healthy Communities, Holyoke, MA. Substance Abuse Prevention Program: Provision of Technical Assistance

Community Development

JPC works with organizations committed to community development as a social justice priority, providing services that include:

  • Development of toolkits and guides to support replication and program adoption in new settings
  • Evaluation of program outcomes through measurement of impact and identification of strengths and areas for further development
  • Development of metrics for program development and assessment
  • Technical assistance to community organization

Community Development Clients

Common Wealth Murals, Springfield, MA. Economic and community impact evaluation of 2019 and 2021 Fresh Paint Springfield mural festival.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, MA. Capacity and Innovation grant program evaluations; development of rubric to measure capacity building initiatives; evaluation of ValleyCreates program.

Regional Employment Board of Hamden County, MA, Springfield, MA. Qualitative evaluation of literacy program through Elementary School Summer Reading Initiative

Treehouse Foundation, Easthampton, MA. Development of a guide to the Treehouse Intergenerational Community Model for use by those wishing to replicate

Marketing

While all research conducted by JPC is applicable to your marketing, branding, and communications strategies, we also work with marketing agencies specializing in these activities. We provide exceptional consumer research to inform marketing, including:

  • Research design, collection and analysis of consumer interviews, focus groups and surveys
  • Development of evidence-based profiles of consumer group characteristics and behaviors
  • Evaluation of optimal formats for product delivery
  • Synthesis of new and previously collected data to support development of innovative market and brand strategies

Marketing Clients

Clarity, Easthampton, MA. Optimal formats for eLearning delivery

Pure Branding, Inc., Northampton, MA. Research Division: research and development of customer profiles

TSM Design, Springfield, MA. Qualitative data collection and analysis regarding Berkshire Community College market share.Culture and Arts Industry Clients

Community Arts and Culture

JPC provides superior evaluation, assessment, and ethnographic research to support the documentation of community-based culture and arts activities and the development of related public educational programs. Our scope of work includes:

  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation and assessment of cultural and arts programs
  • Ethnographic, interview-based documentation of individual artists and community customs based on shared region, place, ethnicity, nationality, occupation, and religion.
  • Development of school projects, public exhibitions, and performing arts events on community culture and individual artists.
  • Technical assistance to organizations to sustain cultural and arts programming and to support effective strategic planning, and to individuals to support their artistic activities.
  • Evaluation of grants activities supporting cultural and arts documentation and programming.

Community Arts and Culture Clients

Baltimore County Planning Department, Baltimore, MD. Research Division: Community Development Oral History

Boston Children's Museum, Boston, MA. Education Department: Southeast Asian Cultural Traditions Festival

Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Education Division: Grants Development

Centro Cívico, Amsterdam, NY. Office of the Director: Latino Cultural Heritage Festival

Country Roads, Inc., Boston, MA. Armenian Cultural Program: Research on Traditional Artists

Delaware State Folklife Program, Dover, DE. Research Division: Research on Hispanic Cultural Heritage

Historical Society of Rockland County, New City, NY. Folklife Program: Annual Cultural Heritage Festival; Exhibition on Italian American Cultural Heritage; Elementary School Native American Traditions Program

Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, Annapolis, MD. Cultural Heritage Division: Native Cultural Heritage Research

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Ledyard, CT. Research Division: Mashantucket Oral History

Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA. Folklife Program: Research on Massachusetts Traditional Artists

Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Boston, MA. Teen Programs: Evaluation of STEAM team initiative to educate adolescents about the museum field

National Council for Traditional Arts, Washington, DC. National Folk Festival: Curattion of Traditional Crafts Program

National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Folk Arts Program: Grant Review

National Park Service, Boston, MA. Harbor Island Project: Cultural Heritage Assessment

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Concord, NH. Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Research on NH Ski Industry

New York State Council on the Arts, New York, NY. Folk Arts Program: Apprenticeship Grants Review

Pennsylvania Heritage State Parks Department, Harrisberg, PA. National Road Heritage Park: Cultural Heritage Research

South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY. Folklife Division: Research for Model Boat Exhibition

Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, VT. New England Storytelling Traditions: Research on Massachusetts Storytellers