Metis Associates
Metis Associates
Metis Associates
Metis Associates
Metis Associates
Metis Associates

who we are

Metis Associates, a national research and consulting firm headquartered in New York City, brings over 40 years of experience in evaluation, information management, and grant development to its work with a wide range of organizations committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.
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NeON Arts participants performing during the summer 2018 showcase at Carnegie Hall. Photo credit: Jennifer Taylor.

Research has demonstrated that arts engagement may positively impact justice-involved youth; however, many of these youth have limited access to the arts. Aware of this research and seeking innovative approaches, the New York City Department of Probation sought to provide arts programming to youth on probation and their neighbors. Since 2011, Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) offices have been offering a range of human services to seven underserved New York City neighborhoods. Over the course of 18 months, Metis and our partner, Westat, worked with the Department of Probation, NYC Opportunity, and Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and to evaluate NeON Arts.


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Implementing an Afterschool Program? Here are some hot tips...

Lori RamseyOver the past two decades, we have had the privilege of evaluating many 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) programs in states across the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio. As part of our work, we collect a variety of data on program outcomes, such as student attendance, academic achievement, social-emotional learning, and program satisfaction from 21st CCLC staff members, regular school day teachers, parents, and students.

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upcoming events

March 19 - Princeton Area Community Foundation, All Kids Thrive Initiative Grantee Convening (Princeton, NJ). Presentation on moving from logic models to data collection planning. Presenters: Artis Bergman and Claire Aulicino

March 28 - Richmond County District Attorney, HOPE Program Workgroup Meeting (Staten Island, NY). Presentation on HOPE Program Evaluation Findings. Presenters: Artis Bergman and Donna Tapper

April 1 - Staying the Course: Supporting College Success in a Single Stop (Philadelphia, PA). Presenters: Dr. Susanne Harnett, Dr. Jing Zhu, and Michael Scuello

April 4-8 - AERA (American Educational Research Association),Toronto, Canada. Presenter: Nicole L. Lorenzetti

April 11-13 - 37th National Conference on Magnet Schools (Baltimore, MD). Participant: Marilyn Zlotnik

April 23-24 - 2019 Annual Grantee Meeting: Regional Partnership Grant (Washington, DC). Participants: Joy Zacharia and Dr. Jing Zhu

May 5-7 - 2019 EERS Annual Conference: Adapt! Evaluators in a Changing World (Abescon, NJ). “Strategies for Incorporating Youth Voices in Evaluation Research.” Presenters: Dr. Laura Satkowski and Dr. Susanne Harnett


40th anniversary special article series

magnet schools – then and now

Forty years ago, the first magnet schools were created as a tool to further racial desegregation in large urban school districts. In contrast to court-ordered methods and strategies such as forced bussing, the vision was that magnets would provide a voluntary means to create more diverse schools by offering parents and their children a unique environment or distinctive educational experience (such as a thematic curriculum or special pedagogical model).

Rosebank Integrated Technology and Biological Sciences STEAM Magnet School's booth for the 2018 School Choice Festival in the Metro Nashville Public Schools.

As the courts began to recognize magnet schools as a school desegregation method, the number of magnet schools began to grow. With the advent of the U.S. Department of Education’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) in 1985, federal funds have been appropriated to support the development and implementation of magnet school programs. To date, the federal investment in magnet schools exceeds $1 billion.

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