Our projects are results driven.
Program Evaluation, Boys & Girls Club of Alaska (November 2014-present)
90%by2020 Initiative, United Way of Anchorage (February 2014 - present)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (February 2014- present)
Pre-Development Program, The Foraker Group (2006 - present)
Needs Assessment Program, Kids Corps, Inc. (2015)
Community Feedback Mat-Su Health Foundation (2014)
The Mat-Su Health Foundation wanted community and stakeholder feedback on a special project that the Board was considering. The Stellar Group was hired to facilitate two focus groups in the community, as well as a series of key informant interviews with local community leaders. The results were summarized in a report and presented to the MSHF Board.
Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (2014)
The PESB is responsible for policy and oversight of Washington State’s system of educator preparation, certification, continuing education and assignment. A significant area of interest is in increasing the number of teachers of color in Washington State. The Stellar Group was hired to analyze regional K-12 student and teacher demographics, research best practices and other similar programs to increase teacher diversity, and to write a report on best practices for recruiting and retaining students of color in teacher preparation programs.
Unemployment Insurance Program, Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development (2013)
The Unemployment Insurance program provides benefits to unemployed workers. The program requested an audit of its communications flow and a rewrite of their automated communications messages to promote integrity and accuracy in the filing process. Iris designed and conducted the communications audit, including designing and implementing a survey of UI Claims Taker staff, analyzed communications flow and effectiveness, and made recommendations to improve communications with claimants and employers.
Division of Juvenile Justice, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (2012 –2013)
DJJ is a restorative justice agency focused on holding juvenile offenders accountable, promoting safety and restoration of the victims and communities, and assisting offenders and their families from preventing crime. Alaska Native youth in secure treatment facilities are more likely to recidivate after their release. Iris was hired to design and conduct assessments of the cultural competency programming in the secure treatment facilities, as well as the hiring and retention of Alaska Native staff. Each assessment received a separate design. Site visits were conducted at each of the detention facilities and staff and youth were interviewed extensively. Demographic and treatment data on offenders was also collected and analyzed for the report. The final reports included recommendations for changes in programming and hiring practices to improve outcomes, and reduce disparities faced by Alaska Native youth in the system.
Other recent planning, research and evaluation projects:
- Program Development, Diabetes Prevention & Control Program, State of Alaska (2014-2015)
- Survey development, Best Beginnings (2014)
- Research, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, (2014)
- Strategic Planning, Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition (2014)
- Strategic Planning, Facing Foster Care in Alaska (2013)
- Policy Analysis, Alaska Municipal League (2013)
- Communications Audit, Department of Labor, State of Alaska (2013)
- Strategic Planning, Department of Journalism, University of Alaska Anchorage (2013)
- Research & Planning, Arctic Energy Network Institute of the North (2011-2013)
- Facilitation, Women Infant’s & Children Program, State of Alaska (2011-2012)