Previous Projects

8/7/19
This collaborative program began in 2004 between the Outreach Department at the UB School of Medicine and Bethel Head Start to provide comprehensive dental services to children. The project analyzes this data, along with data on the oral health status of children enrolled in other Buffalo area Head Start program, in which children only receive dental screenings.
2/14/17
This pilot study would adapt the YCS for use with children ages 9 to 14, and test the validity and reliability of thisnewly adapted assessment tool. TheYCS is a measure of connectedness of youth to caring adults, originally developed for older youth ages 15 to 21 who were in out-of-home placement. This assessment tool would fill a gap in the field, to help guide practice and evaluation of efforts to build supportive networks for children as young as 9 who are in out-of-home placement.
2/14/17
This project will potentially help provide new mothers with information on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and services within the region, as well as help health providers to provide more culturally sensitive services and help agencies with new data they can use to write grants for improved services.
8/17/15
This project is intended to assess program needs in relation to children’s social and emotional health and well-being at two school sites within the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood initiative.
2/14/17
As part of an award from the Chautauqua County Mental Health SAMSHA's Systems of Care Grant, the evaluation team is evaluating the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults with serious emotional disturbance residing in Chautauqua County. An additional subcontract has been set up with Mansoor Kazi at the University at Albany.
3/2/15
As a subcontract from the Chautauqua County Mental Health SAMSHA's Systems of Care Grant, the evaluation team is evaluating the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults with serious emotional disturbance residing in Chautauqua County.
6/25/14
The purpose is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Family Treatment Court on reunification of parent with child/children and on reduced risk of relapse for substance use disorders.
6/25/14
The aim of this project is to integrate evaluation procedures into the daily practice of services and to assist in data analysis to enable the service providers to investigate the effectiveness of their services at least twice a year.
6/25/14
This evaluation strategy for EPIC’s interventions is aimed at enhancing the well being of families and the education potential for their children.
6/12/19
Children and youth who experience the challenges of homelessness and child maltreatment are at greater risk for poor educational outcomes, such as high absenteeism, grade retention, dropping out, and reduced access to postsecondary education. These negative outcomes are a reflection of the failure of multiple systems—chiefly education, child welfare, and housing and social services. This study will help to address gaps in the literature by eliciting service provider perspectives on effective collaborations for homeless, highly mobile, and child-welfare involved (HHM-CW) youth.
6/25/14
In collaboration with the Child and Family Services of Erie County, Closing the Gap staff and the staff of the Harvey Austin Middle School of the Buffalo School District, this grant provides a variety of violence prevention strategies for at-risk youth in an after school setting.
6/25/14
This project is designed to test the effectiveness of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) with children of alcohol dependent parents and to conduct etiological theory testing for children of alcohol dependent parents.
2/14/17
This project involves the overall administration, design and implementation of the research and evaluation of the Family Driven Planning intervention at Hillside Family of Agencies as part of an NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities grant.
6/12/19
The study aims to evaluate the impact of a pilot program at Hillside Family of Agencies called Family-Driven Planning. This program was developed to strengthen the supportive connections for youth with developmental disabilities. This mixed-methods evaluation will examine whether Family Driven Planning increases the quantity and quality of supportive adults and increases the overall life satisfaction of young adults in the program. This evaluation will also include a cost analysis of the Family Driven Planning model.   
6/25/14
The objectives of this project are: 1) to collect information from key informants concerning their views of what services should be provided to alleviate postpartum depression among mothers of color. 2) To use the key informant responses to develop focus group questions to ask mothers of color who have experienced post partum depression and 3) to provide the Finger Lakes Perinatal Forum with additional data from the interviews that can be used to further screening and assessment for grant writing that will enhance service delivery to mothers of color living with postpartum depression in the Region.
6/25/14
H.E.A.R.T., comprised of Crisis Services, Music is Art, Healthy Community Alliance and the Mental Health Association of Erie County Inc., is a coalition offering a program to schools that is designed to increase awareness of mental health among adolescents who are dealing with issues related to suicide, relationships, alienation, loneliness and bullying and how these issues may affect them individually, their peers, and their family members. This project will draft the evaluation strategy with the coalition partners and construct the survey instruments for the youth.
7/18/14
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
8/17/15
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
2/14/17
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
6/12/19
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
10/4/18
Complete a data analysis evaluation on the anti bullying project and the NCH Counseling project.
6/25/14
This training project will seek to teach and assist court personnel in implementing solution focused approaches from a trauma informed system of care in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.
9/21/18
Administered through the School’s Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement:
9/21/18
Administered through the School’s Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement:
8/7/19
Administered through the School’s Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement:
6/25/14
This program was designed to assist local educational agencies and nonprofit, community-based organizations to initiate, expand or improve mentoring programs for children with the greatest need, particularly those living in rural areas, high-crime areas or troubled home environments or experiencing educational failure.
6/25/14
SEED for Oklahoma Kids (SEED OK) is a seven-year initiative designed to test and promote matched savings accounts at birth for all children.
6/25/14
The primary objective of this project is to examine the effect of youths' activism on their identities, values and relationships with peers and adults. This objective will be met though the use of in-depth, longituinal and mixed-method data.
6/12/19
The goal of this project is to synthesize current literature, statistics, and services across eight counties of Western NY regarding trauma experience in the community of women and children. Data will be analyzed and compiled in order to foster development of a request for proposals (rfp) to foster research and programs to address trauma for women and children in western NY. A final report will include a comprehensive list of services and programs directed at helping women and children recover from the effects of trauma in Western NY.