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CDC Department of Violence Prevention: Social Norms Research

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NYC Dept. of Education, Office of Community Schools

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USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service: Digital Nutrition Education for Middle School


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ACR wins a GSA contract to conduct a case study with 36 school food authorities across the country to learn more about fresh food preparation in school meals.

Hats & Ladders (H&L) is awarded a National Institute of Health small business innovation research (SBIR) grant with ACR as the evaluation partner. The grant will strengthen opportunities for under-represented youth to pursue health workforce careers and improve heir overall health literacy.


ACR wins contract to evaluate Holocaust education resources with 48 teachers across the country for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

ACR, as a subcontractor to Sage Communications, wins contract with USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service to create training materials and classrooms resources to promote Family Style Dining in Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sites.

ACR wins contract to conduct a user experience study for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to inform the rollout and communication around their new reserveohio website.

ACR contracts with itrek to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of their immersive Israel trip with business, policy, and law school students across 50+ universities. This is the 4th year ACR will evaluate the impact and reach of itrek.

ACR wins contract to develop a logic model and evaluation plan for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School to assess the extent to which their resources are meeting their goal of building a more sustainable, just, and equitable food system.

ACR is awarded a System-Wide Evaluation Services MTAC contract with the NYC Department of Education, becoming a preferred vendor for NYC DOE.

ACR is awarded a contract to evaluate training resources from the National Agricultural Library to improve animal care in scientific research, sponsored by the Animal Welfare Information Center.

ACR is hired to conduct a competitive analysis for NAF to support a virtual internships with industry partners for young people.

ACR begins an exploratory qualitative research project with interfaith couples across the US for the One8 Foundation to help develop new couples programming.

ACR, in partnership with Sage Communications, wins contract to revise the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service’s Fueling My Healthy Life nutrition education materials.

Hats & Ladders contracts with ACR and WonderWhy Consulting to evaluated their Powerskills Game Lab Application in support of a US Dept. of Education SBIR Grant.

ACR is contracted to support logic model development and to design and administer a survey to evaluate the inaugural cohort of the Leaders in the Light Institute for the One8 Foundation.

The CDC Foundation contracts ACR to convene a Virtual Partner Panel Meeting and lead qualitative data collection support their efforts to promote child well-being and prevent child sexual abuse.

Ohio Department of Education contracts ACR as an external evaluator for their 3-year Department of Justice STOP School Violence grant.

Our article with researchers from the CDC Department of Violence Prevention hits 1,000 downloads! We’re excited that our research, conducted in partnership with Banyan Communications, is having an impact!

Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) officially launched their school-based campaign to broaden participation in computer science. The campaign was developed by ACR and Banyan Communication with funding from the Siegel Family Endowment. Posters, classroom materials, and teacher resources are available through CS4RI.

ACR was contracted by the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct a needs assessment of Child Care providers across the state running the Child & Adult Care Food Program. We’re looking forward to speaking with folks across the state (and eating some crab cakes!).

The Research Foundation at City University of New York, in partnership with NYC DOE Office of Postsecondary Readiness and ACR, were awarded a 3-year, Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant. We’re excited to evaluate this great program to improve and expand CTE opportunities for NYC youth!

Pennsylvania State Department of Education, supported by ACR, was awarded a 3-year, Team Nutrition Training Grant for Innovative State Training ProgramsWe’ll be evaluating the effectiveness of Culinary Trainings for school food service, and hopefully picking up some knife

ACR is contracted by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service to lead qualitative research to revise educational materials for child care providers participating in the Child & Adult Family Care Program. These resources for feeding toddlers will help child care providers across the country provide healthy and nutrition meals to children in their care.

ACR partners with It’s Working Project to survey teachers with young families to learn their needs and collect evidence to inform policy that better supports mothers returning to work.

ACR has been contracted to evaluate three difference summer programs for the NYC DOE Office of Community Schools: 1] The Bank of America CTE Summer Scholars program; 2] School-Based Summer Youth Employment (for the 2nd straight summer); and 3] The Middle School JumpSTART summer bridge program.

ACR Research Associate Austen Lazarus’s roundtable discussion has been accepted for the 2019 ASHA School Health ConferenceHer research looks at strategies for supporting and empowering educators to address students’ mental health needs.

CDC researchers published a paper in the Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal which included ACR researchers Gerad O’Shea and Jessica Nguyen as co-authors. The article, Commonalities and differences in social norms related to corporal punishment among Black, white, and Latino parents, included ACR research conducted in partnership with Banyan Communications in 2017.

For a third year in a row, ACR is contracted to evaluate the NYC DOE’s Adult Learning program taking place across NYC 25 community schools.