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
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
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
Thursday, February 26, 2015
MSG to Hold the Department of Education's Principal Investigators Conference
MSG was recently selected to facilitate the much-acclaimed Principle Investigators (PI) Conference sponsored by the NationalCenter Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). The purpose of the conference is to support the Institute of Education Science’s mission by convening a meeting of grantees (researchers,training fellows, and practitioners) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contractors. Set to take place in fall of 2015, the conference will serve as grounds for developing novel research approaches, future project ideas, and future research partnerships with a focus on interdisciplinarity. MSG's Grant and Program support team ... 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 15, 2014
MSG 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
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