About

Professional Services

In 1985, the University Board of Trustees established the Center for Human Services Development to serve as a community resource for health and human service organizations, and community leaders. The Center works with a community-wide spectrum of people to identify community problems and needs, develop solutions, and evaluate activities in the health and human services field. Housed in the Beeghly College of Education, the Center for Human Services Development has access to many resources both on and off campus.

Scope of Work:

  • Establish and maintain networks or linkages among service providers and the broader community.
  • Offer technical assistance for social service program evaluation.
  • Providing training for agency directors, boards, and staff members.
  • Conducting community and agency-wide needs assessments ad sharing information.
  • Helping organizations to develop strategic plans.
  • Identifying and obtaining grants for community organizations who are working collaboratively to address community needs.

Technical Assistance:

  • Includes evaluation/assessment services such as conducting needs assessments, development and/or identifying programs based on recognized needs, conducting impact and outcome evaluations, and developing plans for sustainability of effective strategies.
  • Support organizations in efforts to obtain grant funding, including assistance with grant-writing, grant evaluation services, and research-based summaries of the current best practices that bridge the gap between pragmatic world of practice and academic-oriented world of research.
  • Can assist with strategic planning services to assist with the determination of an organization's goals and future direction.

Evaluation services:

  • Assist organization in conducting needs and resource assessments to help
    you identify any concerns among key stakeholders, as well as identifying any
    gaps in services that may exist within your organization.
  • Analyzes any preexisting data sources, including results from surveys that
    have already been conducted or information in databases.  Provide
    research-based and evidenced based options for programs, strategies and
    techniques that can fill the identified need and assist throughout the
    implementation process.
  • Assist in development of an evaluation plan to include impact assessments,
    outcome evaluations and fidelity measures.  Our technical assistance will
    ensure a full understanding of this data, as sell as use for future purposes
    (i.e., share with community stakeholders, grant applications, enhance
    services/programs).

Grant-Writing Services:

  • Assist with grant-writing, including narratives, evaluation plans,
    budgets/justifications, and/or supporting documents.
  • If there is a need for evaluation services through the grant projects, the
    Center has served as evaluation consultants on a number of grants, and may
    provide this for the project.

Understanding Data:

  • Assist with analysis and interpretation of data points being collected by
    organizations, develop a plan to use data to assist with informed decision
    making within the organization.

Program and Grant Management:

  • The Center works with organizations, school districts, and agencies to
    manage programs to serve intended populations.  Some of the programs managed
    by the Center have included 21st Century Community Learning Center
    after-school programs, Weed & Seed programs, and Entrepreneur programming.

Professional Development Training:

  • The Center is committed to providing high quality, research-based training
    opportunities for after-school professionals, community mental health
    professionals, as well as families and youth.  We can create tailor made
    professional development training programs based on individual needs.

Areas of expertise:

  • Bridges Out of Poverty
  • Non-academic barriers to learning (i.e., social, emotional,
    behavioral)
  • School climate and culture (i.e., asset building, positive citizenship,
    cultural competency)
  • Mental Health issues (i.e., anxiety, depression)
  • Substance use and abuse issues (i.e. alcohol and tobacco, teen drug use
  • Behavior management techniques (i.e., behavior theory
  • Bullying and Cyber-bullying
  • Data-driven processes (i.e., needs assessments, outcome assessments)