Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Daniel Barone joins MSG as Director of Business Development
MSG welcomes our new Director of Business Development, Daniel Barone. Dan joins MSG with over 20 years of experience in management and IT consulting, project management, and business strategy and development, and strategic planning. Dan will lead MSG’s business development team and is responsible for helping the firm foster and build relationships with current and new clients across the federal government.
Prior to joining MSG, Dan served as a Senior Associate and Program Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with Federal programs focused on grants management; environmental policy, protection, and research; national broadband and telecommunications; and public safety and h... read full article
Monday, October 17, 2016
MSG to Provide Strategic Meeting Planning for ED OPE
MSG is assisting ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) with its annual policy-setting mandate for student aid by managing strategic meetings and nationwide public hearings. MSG is collaborating with professional facilitators to provide a wide range of technical and logistics support. read full article
Monday, October 10, 2016
MSG to Evaluate NSF’s SaTC Program
MSG, as a subcontractor to the Savan Group, serves as the technical lead for the design and execute an evaluation of NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) grant program portfolio. MSG paired reviews of extant data sources with new data collection to fully assess NSF’s SaTC investments. MSG is developing and executing an evaluation framework and plan that seeks to respond to research questions concerning: the responsiveness of the SaTC program, the responsiveness of the field, program syntheses, and program improvement. read full article
Monday, October 03, 2016
MSG to Evaluate USDA’s SNAP Education Program
MSG is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service to examine the costs, reach, and performance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative. MSG (as a subcontractor to Altarum Associates) will evaluate obesity-prevention outcomes, alignment of similar Federal and State programs. MSG will also inform the development of a standardized template for annual state performance reporting. read full article
Monday, September 26, 2016
Tony Myers joins MSG as Vice President of Management and Technology Solutions
MSG welcomes our new Vice President of Management and Technology Solutions, Tony Myers. Tony joins MSG with over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, technology solutions, grants management, and business process improvement (BPI). Tony will oversee MSG’s management consulting and technology divisions, as well as support many of the firm’s business development and product development efforts. Prior to joining MSG, Tony served as the Vice President of Technology and Management Solutions at Catapult Technology, a premier management and technology solutions firm.
Tony has worked across the Federal Government. He recently managed the development of an enterprise-wide Contact Man... read full article
Monday, September 05, 2016
MSG to Provide TA to OCTAE Professional Development Center
The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Professional Development Center will provide stakeholders with: 1) technical assistance to meet requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), 2) enhanced capacity of state and local partners to establish and operate comprehensive professional development systems, 3) high-quality, evidence-based instructional resources through the LINCS Resource Collection, and 4) professional development training opportunities for adult educators. The PD Center will deliver more than 100 trainings annually. read full article
Monday, June 06, 2016
MSG to Provide Technical Assistance to DOL’s National Farmworker Jobs Program
MSG is working with Sister Sky on the DOL ETA Office of Workforce Investment’s (OWI) Tools and Technical Assistances (DNPTTA) contract. The project supports the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) with administrative, organizational, analytical, and knowledge and information management tasks. The technical assistance (TA) activities provided to awarded grantees will raise the performance and outcomes levels for NFJP and other programs serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs).
Our TA activities are intended to improve overall program administration, promote consistent understanding of NFJP policy and program requirements, promote consistent grantee reporting, and support ... read full article
Monday, June 06, 2016
MSG to Support the Implementation of ED’s Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Program
MSG is working with ED's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to support states and local providers in the implementation of the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program. IELCE is a new program authorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) focused on workforce preparation and training. MSG will develop presentation and training materials to support states in their understanding of IELCE requirements. MSG will also support states after their IELCE competitions in identifying an eligible provider to be part of a national TA network. read full article
Monday, May 02, 2016
MSG to Evaluate DOL Job Corps’ Career Pathways
MSG, as a subcontractor to Bizzel Group, is supporting Job Corps in responding to requirements specified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), which include career-pathway based approaches and more comprehensive student services. To implement these requirements, MSG is helping Job Corps offer an wider array of traditional academic courses aimed at attainment of high school credentials and career training and industry-recognized credentials. These efforts include: on-center programs to support evening studies, English Language Learning, technology proficiency, lower-level learners, and other learning outside of traditional curricula. These services help students r... read full article
Monday, April 04, 2016
MSG to Evaluate USDA SNAP Authorized Retailers Processes and Systems
MSG is working with the U.S Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services to study services, fees, and business practices of vendors of EBT card processing equipment and services to SNAP authorized retailers. The study will include a nationally representative survey of SNAP-authorized retailers and focus on the services they use to manage EBT payments. Additionally, the project will include interviews with organizations that sell EBT equipment to retailers and organizations that process and settle EBT payments. MSG will report on the services and products available to retailers and best practices for various stakeholders. read full article
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
SmartCEO Magazine Recognizes MSG for Excellence in Management
MSG is proud to announce that Shezad Habib, MSG’s Managing Director, was awarded SmartCEO’s 2016 Executive Management Award for his accomplishments as the leader of MSG since 2001. The award recipients, according to SmartCEO, “uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization’s mission.” Winners are selected after a rigorous review process by independent local business leaders. SmartCEO conducted an interview with Shezad for a profile in the March/April issue of the magazine which can also be found here
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Tuesday, January 05, 2016
MSG Working with SPRA to Support the Workforce Data Quality Initiative
MSG joined the SPRA team to support technical assistance delivery to the grantees of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). The Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) is an effort by the Department of Labor to support states through grants to develop and enhance state longitudinal administrative databases. The longitudinal databases should link information on individual level training and employment services received to individual outcomes. Ultimately, the WDQI seeks to provide better information to customers and decision makers in the workforce system and improve evaluation capacity of programs being funded. MSG’s Sr. Manager of Technology & Media, Andrew Simpson will work with gra... read full article
Monday, January 04, 2016
MSG to Collaborate with Savan Group to Support DOL Chief Evaluation Office
MSG is proud to announce its partnership with Savan Group as a subcontractor to a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) project awarded to Savan Group in December 2015. The contract is to support Technical Working Groups (TWGs) on special topics related to Unemployment Insurance. Specifically, MSG will collaborate with Savan Group to identify distinct topics and recruit Subject Matter Experts to participate in three to six working group topical meetings in 2016 and 2017. MSG will also help organize all aspects of the meetings. Our researchers, together with Savan Group, will draft reports and provide recommendations based on the information gathered during the meet... read full article
Thursday, October 01, 2015
MSG Recognized in Department of Education's Family, School and Community Engagement Newsletter
The Department of Education's Office of Communication and Outreach mentioned MSG's Family Engagement Resource Providers (FERP) program in its most recent monthly newsletter (Volume 8, Issue 9), citing MSG for effective practices in administering the FERP program.
The FERP program supports State Education Agencies (SEAs) and grantees in enhancing critical family engagement initiatives, which are frequently linked to student learning success.
MSG oversees FERPs in 10 regions across the United States and other U.S. Territories. “We are happy and proud to be a part of this effort to help families across the nation,” said Ms. Sally Wade, Project Director. For more information... read full article
Thursday, October 01, 2015
MSG To Help National Defense University (NDU) Enhance Use of Academic Technology
MSG has been awarded a contract to enhance academic technology programs for the National Defense University (NDU). MSG will work alongside the Careerstone Group, a full-service organizational and leadership development firm, to help NDU develop their academic technology platforms and systems, along with the management and delivery of their academic programs.
Michael O’Donnell, Vice President of Management and Training and current Project Director, “We are excited to help the colleges within this prestigious university develop a roadmap to improve overall effectiveness of how academic technology is being used within their unique academic environment,” Said Michael O’Donnell, Project... read full article
Monday, September 28, 2015
MSG Awarded Blanket Purchase Agreement to Provide Logistical Support for U.S. Department of Education
MSG has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide logistical support for ED conferences ranging from small convenings to large, virtual meetings.
“We welcome the opportunity to continue our work in supporting the Department of Education,” said Ms. Sancta Watley, Project Director and MSG’s Logistics Expert. “Our experience and expertise in logistical support combined with our innovative technologies used to complement logistics planning will allow us to deliver high-quality, impactful meetings to our client,” Ms. Watley added.
Ms. Watley and her team will provide ED with pre-meeting services, on-site support, and post... read full article
Friday, September 25, 2015
MSG To Work with State Leaders To Build Career Pathways Systems
MSG has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) to build and implement state-wide career pathways systems. MSG will provide subject matter expertise to build the capacity of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs, aiding states in the development and expansion of comprehensive career pathways systems.
The award is a task order from a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) vehicle, on which MSG has been awarded one of three seats. Through this vehicle, MSG will provide extensive expertise on the development and implementation of ... read full article
Thursday, September 24, 2015
MSG To Evaluate the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program
MSG has been awarded a 20-month study to evaluate the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). “We are pleased to have been awarded this important contract, continuing our record of service to NSF in program evaluation,” said Dr. Dan Geller, Director of MSG’s Research and Evaluation practice.
I-Corps is a grant program open to recent or existing NSF grantees at academic research institutions. It encourages scientists to consider the commercial potential of their research by awarding teams a flat grant of $50,000 to train team members in entrepreneurship.
MSG will use a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the impact of I-Corps. “This ... read full article
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
MSG Awarded Contract for Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
MSG has been awarded a contract from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the Department of Education. The program will support OCTAE for two years by examining practices in states which have successfully reduced the equity gap in career and technical education programs. Many programs do not have adequate enrollment numbers for typically marginalized populations such as migrant students, females and others. MSG will conduct a literature review, identify successful programs, develop products and provide technical assistance. read full article
Monday, September 21, 2015
MSG Awarded Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) for Career Technical Education (CTE)
MSG received 1 of 3 seats on the IDIQ to support the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) with the subject matter expertise to build the capacity of secondary and postsecondary CTE programs so they can actively engage in the development and expansion of comprehensive career pathways systems. The IDIQ is issued for five years. read full article
Monday, August 24, 2015
MSG Awarded Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Education Technical Assistance and Support Services (EDTASS)
MSG has been awarded one of 13 seats on a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Education Technical Assistance and Support Services (EDTASS) to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and its grantees.
“This is an exciting opportunity for MSG to continue to support the Department of Education across multiple areas,” said Ms. Laura Lanier, Director of MSG’s Technical Assistance practice. “MSG will be able to combine its expertise in providing technical assistance with its technological platforms, allowing us to deliver high quality and innovative solutions to our client,” she added.
Through this vehicle MSG will contribute to the development of a comprehensive model... read full article
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Mike O’Donnell joins MSG as Vice President, Management and Training
In June, MSG welcomed our new Vice President of Management and Training, Mike O’Donnell. Mike joins MSG with over 25 years of experience in training, education and senior management, including President of Chubb Institute, Inc., a vocational technical college for adults that included 10 campuses in 6 states; COO of the Arthur Andersen Virtual Learning Network, an online learning platform that provided online courseware and learning management support services to numerous fortune 500 corporations; and various roles supporting training and workforce development for the federal government as the Chief Learning Officer of FPMI Solutions, Executive Director of the Federal Management Institute,... read full article
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
MSG Awarded Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract from the Program Support Center (PSC)
MSG has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Program Support Center (PSC). The PSC is a shared services provider within the U.S. Government that is used by the Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies to coordinate contracts and procurement and provide shared administrative services. The contract has a base period of five years starting in March 2015 and an option period of five additional years. The IDIQ vehicle puts MSG on a list of federally approved vendors who can bid on task orders put out by HHS and other federal agencies. The IDIQ contract has a ceiling of $500 million and can support work in the areas of... read full article
Monday, June 22, 2015
MSG Awarded Contract for Supporting Student Success in Community Colleges
Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) was awarded an U.S. Department of Education for Supporting Student Success through Adult Education and Remedial Reform in Community Colleges contract. MSG is tasked with validating best practices across the country in the adult education and community college systems that either alleviate the need for remedial education or that move students quicker and more successfully through those programs. Most students who enter college needing remedial education do not persist and take up to 8 years to obtain a degree. This hurts the economic status of our country and costs higher education systems an unreasonable amount of money. MSG will not only help to identify a... read full article
Monday, June 08, 2015
MSG to Support ED OCTAE’s Adult Education and Community College Reform
MSG is working with ED's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) to identify promising examples of adult education and developmental education alignment at community colleges. MSG developed evidence-based assessment rubrics for four program models. The project brought together community college leaders to provide feedback on MSG's proposed products. MSG will also develop videos and accompanying discussion guides for community college audiences. MSG will participate in presenting on findings at various conferences, sharing lessons learned through webinars, and, engaging practitioners through LINCS Community of Practice. read full article
Monday, April 20, 2015
MSG Honored as "Donor of the Month" by Reading Is Fundamental
Following the firm's recent partnership with the non-profit organization Reading is Fundamental, MSG was honored to be chosen as April's "Donor of the Month". MSG employees work with RIF to provide books to low-income children, as well as volunteer to participate in school-wide reading days. For more information on the work of RIF, visit their website. read full article
Sunday, March 15, 2015
MSG Selected to Provide Logistical Support for NCER/NCSER Principal Investigators Meeting
MSG has been selected to provide logistical support services and planning assistance for the Principal Investigators (PI) Conference hosted by the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), both within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
The meetings, scheduled annually in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, will support IES by convening researchers, training fellows, and practitioners in the field of education research. The Principle Investigators and staff from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will meet to discuss challenges and solutions in the field.
“This is an exciting opportunity for M... read full article
Monday, March 09, 2015
MSG Hosts National Dialogue on Career Pathways
Despite extreme weather threatening to intervene, on March 5th MSG hosted the national "Career Pathways Champions" meetings in Washington D.C. This convening brought together career pathways pioneers from all across the country - in education, workforce, and human services - to discuss the forthcoming "Career Pathways Toolkit."
This exciting project is being completed by MSG and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The updated toolkit will feature best practices from leading organizations, and will help educators, administrators, and policymakers to align programs and policies to meet the needs of an evolving workforce.
The dialogue was an overwhelming success. Attende... read full article
Monday, March 09, 2015
MSG to Support ED IES’s Principal Investigators Conference
MSG is working with ED’s National Center for Education Research (NCER) and National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), both of which are housed within the Institute for Education Science (IES), to plan their annual Principal Investigators conference. MSG is responsible for organizing the entire conference, including all pre-meeting, on-site, and post-meeting support. This role includes securing meeting rooms, organizing speakers and attendees, and coordinating conference technology and materials. MSG also created desktop and mobile applications to facilitate registration, orientation, and survey distribution among participants and attendees. read full article
Friday, February 27, 2015
MSG Projects Featured in OCTAE's "Making Skills Everyone’s Business" Report
On February 24th, the U.S. Department of Educations's Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a report entitled "Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States." The report is in response to the International Assessment of Adult Competencies’ Survey of Adult Skills, which found that 36 million Americans have low literacy skills, nearly 24 million of whom are part of the workforce.
MSG works directly with OCTAE and other federal agencies to tackle the challenges presented by adult education. The firm currently supports the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) and the Student Achievement in Read... read full article
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Laura Lanier, M.S., joins MSG as Director of Technical Assistance
MSG is proud to announce our new Director of Technical Assistance, Laura Lanier. With 17 years of experience in complex project management, government contracting, client solutions, education reform, and technical assistance, Ms. Lanier has led local, state and national level education and workforce development TA projects as a Project Director. Her work spans the full spectrum of education and workforce development, including expertise in adult education, career pathways, career technical education, and English Language Learning.
Ms. Lanier currently directs the Student Achievement in Reading project and the LINCS Resource Collection on behalf of the U.S. Department of Educat... read full article
Monday, February 16, 2015
Firm Partners with Reading is Fundamental to Put on Community Event
On Friday, February 13, 2015, nine MSG team members visited the JoAnn Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres in Silver Spring, MD to distribute books to 400 students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. During the event, second grade students visited the library media center with their classroom teacher and selected their own books, received book plates to insert into their selected books to display their name, and were given stickers and a friendship activity sheet by MSG and Reading is Fundamental volunteers. Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade received books their teachers pre-selected for them the morning of the event in their respective classrooms.
In addition to the b... read full article
Monday, December 01, 2014
MSG and USTDA Win AEA Poster Competition
MSG’s poster submission won top honors at the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 2014 Poster Competition. The poster, titled “Feedback Loop: Maximizing Evaluation Partnerships for the Continual Improvement of Global Federal Programs,” was a collaborative effort between MSG and our client, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Over 200 posters were presented during the opening reception of AEA’s annual conference held on October 15-18 in Denver, Colorado. AEA judges commented, “The poster successfully uses colors, big pictures, and data visualization to communicate key points. The poster isn’t overloaded with text; rather, there’s just enough text to support the cont... read full article
Monday, September 29, 2014
MSG Awarded Contract to Evaluate WIC Data Collection Efforts
MSG is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to evaluate the WIC data collection process. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) supports the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC). WIC provides grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Recent changes in WIC have highlighted the need to ensure that FNS and its partners have the information necessary for program mana... read full article
Monday, September 22, 2014
MSG to provide Business Process Re-engineering Services for USPTO
Under an awarded BPA through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), MSG provides strategic and tactical support to the USPTO’s business units, business process re-engineering solutions, and advises on communications policies and marketing strategies. MSG also provides analyses and recommendations on the patent process and other aspects of patent operations to identify short- and long-term initiatives that can enhance performance. The services MSG provides include gap analyses, strategic planning, process improvement, program evaluation, performance management, research and data analysis, communications strategies, staffing and human capital assistance, and other technical support. ... read full article
Monday, September 15, 2014
MSG Awarded Contract to Analyze Costs of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
MSG is pleased to announce that is has been awarded a contract with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to evaluate a regional pilot model for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) supports the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FPDIR), which is designed to provide foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma. As of 2015, there are approximately 272 tribes receiving benefits under FDPIR.
Changes to the supply system fo... read full article
Monday, August 18, 2014
MSG to Develop Retailer Scoring System for SNAP
MSG is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to design a prospective retailer scoring system for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is intended to provide a nutrition safety net and alleviate food insecurity, along with increasing low-income Americans access to healthy foods. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), provides eligible low-income households a monthly benefit amount based on household size and net income to purchase foods from authorized retailers that can be prepared and eaten at home.
Under the current authorization process, retailers must meet several cri... read full article
Monday, August 11, 2014
MSG to Evaluate the Child and Adult Care Food Program
MSG is proud to announce that it has been selected conduct a feasibility study that develops a method for accurately estimating the rate of erroneous or improper payments to Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) family daycare homes (FDCHs) for meals claimed for reimbursement. CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes. The purpose of this aid is to provide nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
MSG’s efforts will culminate in a method to measure inaccurate or incorrect payments ... read full article
Monday, August 04, 2014
MSG Awarded Contract to Evaluate National School Lunch Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) has awarded Manhattan Strategy Group an 18-month contract to identify innovative approaches to measure erroneous payments in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) at the state-level.School meal programs, including NSLP and SBP, are intended to reduce child hunger and its harmful effects on child learning. Child hunger is a significant concern in the U.S. and a large number of children go to school hungry every day. In 2013, USDA estimated 19.5 percent of American households with children were food-insecure. Multiple studies have shown that student access to nutritious meals is a... read full article
Thursday, July 31, 2014
MSG Awarded IDIQ with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Strategic Planning and Management
The Office of Strategic Planning and Management (OSPM) works to make the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) more efficient and effective by driving change across the Department. OSPM manages HUD’s strategic planning, working with the Secretary, his senior leadership team, and external stakeholders. Specifically, OSPM determines strategic priorities and change efforts, tracks how HUD is doing against its targets, and ensures HUD’s grants are getting to high-performing grantees quickly. OSPM has multiple divisions working across these areas to achieve its goals and objectives.
The Office of Departmental Grants Management and Oversight (ODGMO or GMO) establishes an... read full article
Monday, July 28, 2014
MSG to Support National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
MSG is proud to announce that it will be supporting the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse as a subcontractor to Fathers Incorporated, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening community and family infrastructures. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, found at www.fatherhood.gov, is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.
MSG will be supporting the mission of the Clearinghouse by providing on-demand logistics services for key outreach events and dissemination campaigns. Noted... read full article
Monday, July 21, 2014
MSG "Location Affordability Index" Featured in Businessweek
A recent article in the "Markets and Finance" section of Businessweek made note of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's "Location Affordability Index".
The LAI resides on the Location Affordability Portal, which was designed and developed by MSG. It is aimed at homebuyers, policymakers, researchers, and HUD grantees and provides a customized look at the combined cost of Housing and Transportation for different household types nationwide. The LAP collects data from multiple sources, utilizes algorithms to generate required reports, contains a resource library, extensive documentation on the methodology, case studies, and 2 cutting edge GIS-based tools. This high-p... read full article
Monday, June 09, 2014
MSG to Develop Training on WIOA Grant Management
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded MSG a three-year contract to develop computer based training for programs funded under the current Workforce Investment Act (WIA).2014 brought big changes for DOL grantees. In July, Congress authorized the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
The act brings many changes in how programs dedicated to this mission much collect and report data about their activities. MSG is tasked with designing and implementi... read full article
Monday, May 19, 2014
MSG to Support the Literacy Information Network Communications System
MSG is proud to announce that it will be supporting the Department of Education’s Literacy Information Network Communications System (LINCS) as a subcontractor to Kratos Learning Solutions. LINCS serves as the Office of Career Technical and Adult Education’s (OCTAE) hub for adult education information, resources, and professional development. MSG is supporting LINCS by curating the extensive resource collection to ensure it is accurate, up-to-date, and easy to use. The firm is also providing logistics services for LINCS Community web events. read full article
Thursday, April 03, 2014
MSG to Evaluate the National Science Foundation's Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability Portfolio
MSG is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a multi-year contract to examine the effectiveness of the Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability cross-directorate investment in supporting interdisciplinary research and education that facilitate global sustainability. SEES' stated mission is to "advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and sustainable human well-being," and under this program the National Science Foundation has provided millions of dollars of funding to high-impact programs around the country. MSG's efforts will culminate in a comprehensive, mixed-methods study... read full article
Monday, March 17, 2014
MSG to Develop Financial Management Training for DOL Grant Recipients
MSG has been awarded a contract with the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to ensure effective grant management at the state and local level. Effective grants management is a grant recipient (grantee) responsibility that involves managing project resources, activities, and results to achieve grant objectives while also meeting all relevant Federal, ETA, and State grant requirements. Complete, relevant and accurate information about managed funds is therefore critical to perform this function effectively and accurately, in order to maintain the public trust. As a result, it is important that the quality of information and level of detail that the grantee adheres ... read full article
Monday, March 03, 2014
MSG to Support Nation-Wide Career Pathways Initiative
MSG is proud to announce that it will be supporting the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration’s Career Pathways Initiative.Career Pathways is a workforce development strategy that support workers’ transitions from education into and through the workforce. This strategy has been adopted at the federal, state and local levels in order to increase education, training and learning opportunities for America’s current and emerging workforce.
A career pathways initiative consists of a partnership among community colleges, primary and secondary schools, workforce and economic development agencies, employers, labor groups and social service providers. MS... read full article
Friday, February 07, 2014
MSG to Hold the Federal Aviation Administration's International Aviation Safety Conference
MSG was recently awarded a contract to plan and manage the 2014 Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) US/Europe International Aviation Safety Conference. FAA will be teaming with international colleagues to ensure seamless and safe air transport worldwide through shared commitment, clear communication and collaboration, and harmonized safety standards, policy and procedures. This conference will provide a forum for aviation safety leaders to share new ideas, initiatives and best practices for reducing accident risk through improved technology, infrastructure, shared safety data and analysis, testing, training, and certification.
The meeting is a 3 day event, which includes plenary... read full article
Monday, January 20, 2014
MSG Awarded Contract to Provide Technical Assistance on High School Equivalency
MSG is proud to announce that it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to provide technical assistance in the area of High School Equivalency and the new College and Career Readiness Standards.Over the past several years, high school equivalency options have evolved tremendously. A plethora of options now exist that are used either separately or in tandem with one another, including the GED test, the HiSET, and the TASC. MSG’s effort will result in a comprehensive guide to these changes for workforce professionals. read full article
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
MSG Awarded Contract to Deliver Benchmark Analysis for the U.S. Treasury's Invoice Processing Plaform
MSG is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a contract by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FRBB) to provide a benchmark analysis of cost savings for the U.S. Treasury's Invoice Processing Platform (IPP). The IPP IPP is a centralized, secure, Web-based service that accepts, processes, and presents transaction data from agencies and vendor systems related to all stages of electronic order-to-payment processing: purchase orders, invoices, approvals, and ACH payment information, including aftermath activity such as partial payments, debt offsets and returns.
Invoicing for many agencies is still a paper-heavy business function. As a result, there remains... read full article
Monday, November 11, 2013
How Family Engagement Is Like Fishing, is a popular presentation at education conferences
How Family Engagement Is Like Fishing, is a popular presentation developed by Dr. Sally M. Wade, Manhattan Strategy Group’s family engagement that has struck a chord with educators throughout the nation. The presentation uses humor and the context of fishing to enhance effective family engagement practices in school, community and afterschool settings. The presentation includes a David Letterman style countdown, Dr. Wade’s Top Ten Ways Family Engagement is Like Fishing, a humorous poem about family engagement, the 1000+ Well-Intentioned Family Engagement Mistakes Educators Make, and a Big Fish Finish. The presentation covers a brief overview of research and p... read full article
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Jennifer Nielsen presents on evaluation practices and STEM at the AEA Evaluation 2013 conference
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) held its annual conference ""Evaluation 2013"" on October 14-19 in Washington, D.C. The Manhattan Strategy Group presented at three sessions during the event which focused on Evaluation Practice in the Early 21st Century. During a session sponsored by the Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG), Jennifer Nielsen presented, “Considering the rightness of our professional acts: What do we report and to whom?” as part of the session “Professionalism, Professional Ethics, and Professional Evaluators” chaired by Kathleen Toms from Research Works Inc. Nielsen’s co-presenters included Brian Dates from Southwest Solutions, and Linda Mabry fr... read full article
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Dan Geller joins MSG as Director of Evaluation Services
MSG is pleased to announce that Dan Geller has joined the firm as Director of Evaluation Services. In this role Dan will be leading the Evaluation Practice at MSG with responsibilities for global growth and engagement delivery.
Dan is an accomplished researcher with over 35 years of experience in program evaluation, policy analysis, research design, and project management. He has directed the evaluation and study of many highly visible programs for public sector clients and through this research provided critical input to inform policy and to assess the extent to which programs achieve their objectives. Dr. Geller’s work includes efforts aimed at assessing program participation, i... read full article
Friday, September 27, 2013
MSG wins award to provide Dropout Prevention Technical Assistance for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded a two-year contract to Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) for Rural Technical Assistance support with a focus on Dropout prevention. The purpose of this contract is to provide technical assistance to SEAs, LEAs, and middle and high schools, especially those implementing HSGI grants, in designing and implementing programs and securing resources to implement effective school dropout prevention and reentry programs in rural communities.
“MSG has a history of successful partnerships to deliver best-in-class solutions to the U.S. Department of Education. Our team brings unique and proven capabiliti... read full article
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
MSG to conduct an evaluation feasibility study for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps)
MSG has been selected to support the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the conduct of a feasibility study of methodological approaches to undertake an impact evaluation of the Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps). As part of this work, MSG will design data collection and sampling plans, assess potential methods for impact analysis, and provide a quasi-experimental or econometric evaluation design based on the feasibility of data and the expected outcomes defined to measure the long-term impact of the I-Corps Teams program.
The I-Corps Teams program seeks to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to acceler... read full article
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education selects MSG to promote Open Education Resources
MSG has been awarded a one-year contract to support the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) in identifying and promoting open education resources (OERs) in the area of career and technical education (CTE). MSG will review OERs from a variety of sources and identify ways to promote those that will best serve CTE educators, culminating in a practice-oriented guide for educators looking to build and post new OERs related to CTE.
“OERs are becoming a major transformational force in the education world today,” said Andrew Simpson, MSG’s Technology Manager. “MSG’s technology staff have been involved with OERs since the beginning, and we are prou... read full article
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Inc5000 selects MSG as one of America’s fastest growing private companies
Inc. magazine today selected Manhattan Strategy Group for its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. MSG joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
“MSG and its employees are honored to be recognized for the hard work that we have put into our growth and long-term success. Our commitment to delivering quality work for our clients is our number one priority and is the primary engine for our growth,” said Shezad Habib, ... read full article
Thursday, August 15, 2013
MSG team wins BPA to support Process and Performance Improvement
MSG, led by LMI and a team of eight other world-class companies in the area of continuous process improvement (CPI) will compete for tasks under a five-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA), awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA). There is no annual ceiling to the BPA, but the estimated yearly value is $60 million.
The BPA, which will serve as a government-wide vehicle, will allow LMI and its team to pursue a broad range of work in the area of strategic planning and program evaluation, strategic business analysis, process and performance improvement, communications and change management, and training, certification and recognition efforts. LMI’s team exhibits extensive... read full article
Monday, June 10, 2013
MSG to Provide Technical Assistance and Technology Solutions for HHS ACF/FYSB
MSG is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) to provide technical assistance and technology support services. MSG supports Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees to provide housing, education, and workforce opportunities for displaced and homeless teenagers. MSG’s services on this contract include peer monitoring, meeting coordination, database development, and TA (both virtual and on-site). read full article
Friday, June 07, 2013
New data could be difference-maker for move to shared services
Friday, February 22, 2013
Sally M. Wade presents on effective family engagement strategies at the 2013 Foundations Afterschool Conference
Parent involvement in their child’s education is widely known to enhance outcomes for students. Dr. Sally Wade presented two sessions on strategies that support family engagement in afterschool programs at the Foundations national conference for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals. These “standing room only,” sessions were extremely popular at the conference with active discussions and question/answer periods. Dr. Wade’s presentation included information on research and policy that support family engagement, effective strategies and common mistakes educators often make. One common mistake is focusing all efforts on inviting parents to events where children perform without in... read full article
Thursday, February 21, 2013
MSG team lead by LMI awarded $28.5 Million IDIQ to support Army Deputy Under Secretary
LMI will lead a diverse, highly qualified team, including Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) in competing for tasks to support the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (DUSA) under a $28.5 million multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. The scope of work is reflective of LMI’s acclaimed expertise in deep analytics and organizational improvement.
Over the course of the contract’s three years, MSG under the direction of LMI will compete for task awards to provide DUSA with advisory and assistance services for improving organizational alignment, performance management, cross-functional decision making, and knowledge and information management.
LMI will... read full article
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Jennifer Nielsen and Tom Jarosz present at the AEA Evaluation 2012 conference
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) held its annual conference ""Evaluation 2012"" on
October 22-27 in Minneapolis. The Manhattan Strategy Group presented at three sessions during the event which focused on Evaluation in Complex Ecologies: Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance. During a session sponsored by The Government Evaluation (TIG), Thomas Jarosz and Jennifer Nielsen presented, “Partners in Evaluation: Collaborative and Iterative Feedback Guiding an NSF Program’s Evaluation” as part of the session “National Science Foundation and Related Programs: Advances in Evaluating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Programs” chaired by Brian Yo... read full article
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
MSG wins award to provide Grant Review support services to the Office of Innovation and Improvement
Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG), announced today that it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, to provide logistical support for the 2012-2013 Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program. Under this contract, MSG will be responsible for instituting the review process in accordance with policies and procedures for federal grant competitions.
MSG Director, Shezad Habib, stated “I am very excited for MSG to have this opportunity to expand our work at the U.S. Department of Education by providing high quality grant management services to new clients at the Office of Innovation and Improvement.”
The S... read full article
Monday, September 24, 2012
MSG wins a five-year award to develop Computer-based Training for the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education
MSG has been awarded a five-year contract to support the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to design efficient and effective Computer Based Training (CBT) modules.
As previously conducted in-person training seminars were insufficient in meeting demand, NCES sought to reformat several multi-day, in-person training seminars into computer-based training (CBT) modules for resource efficiency and to make training available to a larger trainee audience. The modules MSG is developing will allow large, geographically dispersed, potential data users to learn about the individual survey systems’ designs and ... read full article
Saturday, September 22, 2012
MSG wins a five-year award to enhance family engagement in 21st CCLC programs
MSG has been awarded a five-year contract to support the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in providing technical assistance to support family engagement in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs throughout the nation.
MSG will implement and support the Family Engagement Resource Providers (FERPs) contract to build a national collaborative system of support for family engagement that is linked to student achievement.
“Family engagement is vital to student success,” said, Dr. Sally M. Wade, MSG’s Project Director. “We are excited about working with these wonderful 21st CCLC programs to engage families in ways that... read full article
Friday, July 20, 2012
MSG wins award to develop Virtual Communities of Practice
MSG has been awarded a two-year contract to support the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) in creating a Virtual Community of Practice (vCOP) around the topic of youth and adult career pathways.
Through this contract MSG will establish a virtual event series that will complement and enhance OVAE’s past and ongoing career pathway work by bringing the career and technical education (CTE) and the adult education communities together. The communities of practice will exist as a microgroup under the Career Pathways community on the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) site. The microgroup will feature discussions and webinars... read full article
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Jennifer Nielsen presents at the AERA Evaluation 2012 conference
Manhattan Strategy Group presented a paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting titled, “Collaborative Educational Resource Development: Facilitating Emerging Science Learning within Formal and Informal Settings.” The paper detailed the resource development efforts of a variety of offices within a federal agency that co-funded research projects to enhance Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) education. As the field of NSE is rapidly advancing and highly technical, these projects required extensive collaboration between science researchers and educators to develop resources capable of supporting formal learning for students in grades 7-12 and informa... read full article
Monday, April 02, 2012
MSG to Perform Evaluation and Training Services for NYSED
MSG provides comprehensive project management and logistical support to NYSED’s evaluation of the Student Growth Measures initiative. On this project, MSG performs the calculation and replication of student growth measures, development of data reporting templates, and video tutorials for educators and school administrators. read full article