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
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:
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.
JPC works with healthcare and the social service agencies conducting research to support key program development activities including:
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
JPC works with organizations committed to community development as a social justice priority, providing services that include:
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
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:
Clarity, Easthampton, MA. Optimal formats for eLearning delivery
Pure Branding, Inc., Northampton, MA. Research Division: research and development of customer profiles
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:
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
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