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Research & Evaluation

 

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MSG offers a tailored approach for each research study that we design, develop, and implement. By developing a deep understanding of client needs with a collaborative approach, we design robust evaluations that both answer client questions and provide actionable results. We incorporate client feedback at every stage of our engagement, constantly adapting and improving the process and ultimate results.

Our research and evaluation team members have quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods expertise. Our team includes statisticians and survey specialists, and individuals who are versed in culturally-responsive evaluation and developmental evaluation. Our team also includes program specialists and monitors, whose experience informs our implementation and process studies. We have substantial field experience including working with vulnerable communities. We often draw on the expertise of our colleagues in MSG’s Marketing & Communications division to provide innovative reporting and dissemination options to our clients. Similarly, we leverage the adult learning expertise of MSG’s Technical Assistance division when clients seek guidance on how to use evaluation findings to optimize the value of the evidence.

Contact
  • Ying Zhang, Ph.D.
    Associate Director
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Core Strengths

MSG's research and evaluation offerings include:

  • Design studies that assess implementation, impact, needs, and ROI
  • Assess program integrity and accountability
  • Analyze and evaluation program portfolios
  • Design and implement data collection instruments including surveys, focus groups, and interviews
  • Provide systematic, ongoing feedback for program improvement

Research & Evaluation Projects

BSEE Offshore Inspection Development
BSEE Offshore Inspection Development

Client: U.S. Department of the Interior

ASPE Model Effective Marginal Tax Rate Calculator
ASPE Model Effective Marginal Tax Rate Calculator

Client: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Cause of State Variations in SNAP Administrative Costs
Cause of State Variations in SNAP Administrative Costs

Client: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Bureau of Safety & Environmental Engineering Survey
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Engineering Survey

Client: U.S. Department of the Interior

DOL Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) Support
DOL Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) Support

Client: U.S. Department of Labor

CACFP Family Daycare Meal Claims Feasibility Study
CACFP Family Daycare Meal Claims Feasibility Study

Client: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation Analysis
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation Analysis

Client: U.S. Department of Agriculture

WIC Data Collection
WIC Data Collection

Client: U.S. Department of Agriculture