News Archive – 2012

Metis Begins Evaluation Work with Pro Bono Partnership

Metis is very pleased to work with Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that provides legal services to nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged populations and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Each year, the partnership connects lawyers and law firms with more than 500 organizations seeking pro bono legal assistance on a wide range of matters.

“Nonprofit organizations are under increasing pressure to raise funds and to meet expanding legal and reporting requirements, all of which create a need for legal services. Yet few organizations have the resources to pay for such assistance,” says Stan Schneider, president of Metis Associates. “Pro Bono Partnership addresses this critical need.”

The partnership came to Metis for help in evaluating the impact of its work. Its leaders knew that they were providing hundreds of lawyers and thousands of valuable hours of assistance to organizations with ambitious missions aimed at improving the health, education, and welfare of their clients. But how could they link their work to real differences in the organizations that they serve, and, by extension, in the lives of the individuals and families that are served by those organizations?

Following an extensive literature review, environmental scan, and several meetings with key Pro Bono Partnership personnel, Metis prepared a logic model illustrating the partnership's theory of change. The logic model serves as the framework for the evaluation design, which addresses a number of overarching questions:

  • Do the services provided by the Pro Bono Partnership meet the needs of its client organizations?
  • What impact does the partnership have on the organizations it serves?
  • What would the client organizations have done if the partnership's pro bono services had not been made available to them?
  • Is the partnership effectively meeting the needs of its volunteer lawyers and their employers?

To address the key evaluation questions, Metis has developed a comprehensive evaluation design that involves multiple methods and measures. Included in the design are focus groups, interviews, and web-enabled surveys directed to a wide array of internal and external informants. The results will not only help the Pro Bono Partnership assess the effect of its work, but will enable it to self-evaluate as it continues to provide essential services to the organizations that need them most.

news archive – 2012

December 7, 2012
Metis Begins Evaluation with Our Piece of the Pie®

November 20, 2012
Arkansas Department of Education Receives Federal Grant to Streamline School Lunch Eligibility Process

November 13, 2012
Jing Zhu Named a Certified Reviewer for the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse

October 5, 2012
Metis to Present at the American Evaluation Association conference

September 10, 2012
Researching Charter School Effectiveness: Choosing the Right Evaluation Design

August 22, 2012
Metis Welcomes Ira Cutler, Vice President for Policy and Strategic Planning

August 16, 2012
Metis to Present Research on United Way – Financial Independence Today Program on September 21, 2012, at Asset-Building Conference

July 16, 2012
Applying for a Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant: Metis Staff to Present Key Factors to Consider

July 9, 2012
Making Data Count: Metis to Present Best Practices at National GEAR UP Conference July 24, 2012

June 20, 2012
Metis Study Shows Impact of Philadelphia Effort to Improve Skills of English Language Learners

June 7, 2012
Charleston County School District Weaves Technology into Instruction

May 1, 2012
Metis Begins Evaluation Work with Pro Bono Partnership

April 24, 2012
Metis Staff Win Award for Supporting Epilepsy Awareness

April 17, 2012
Metis Associates Study Named in Washington Post Blog

March 23, 2012
Metis Begins Work with New Haven Home Recovery

March 23, 2012
Jing Zhu to Present at the Annual AERA Meeting

March 23, 2012
Classroom, Inc. Makes Significant Gains

March 23, 2012
Metis Staff Publish Chapter in Book on Juvenile Justice


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