Recent Projects

Recent projects of LS Associates include the following:
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FLOURISH St. Louis

LS Associates currently provides developmental evaluation for this collective impact initiative to reduce infant mortality in St. Louis funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health. Services include “behind the scenes” data collection and the facilitation of real-time learning and reflective practice to plan and implement strategies for change at the systems and community level.

STL YOUTH JOBS

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LS Associates is the evaluation partner of the STL Youth Jobs initiative and helps measure program outcomes through both quantitative and quality strategies that include youth surveys, pre/post assessments of financial literacy and money management skills, focus groups, and observations from employers of STL Youth Jobs participants. Results are reported periodically to aid staff in fine-tuning program strategies on an ongoing basis.

ST. LOUIS REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION

LS Associates recently completed a creative exploration of the impact of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute. Using network mapping and visualization strategies that engage Institute graduates, along with other strategies to collect both qualitative and quantitative data, the project provides opportunities for participants to “tell the story” of social impact through the arts.

READY READERS

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LS Associates designed an approach to measuring children’s early literacy skills for this program that provides weekly volunteer readers and quality children’s books to early childhood centers in under-resourced schools and communities. On an annual basis, LS Associates consultants conduct one-on-one observations of children as they learn to engage with children’s books at home and in their classrooms.

Generate Health

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LS Associates recently completed a year-long process developing an evaluation and performance management system to track activities and outcomes of multiple public health initiatives facilitated by Generate Health. LS Associates is also the external evaluator and facilitated the development of a shared measurement system for the Perinatal Behavioral Health Initiative, coordinated by Generate Health, and funded by the St. Louis Mental Health Board.

Work Samples

Studies Completed by Leslie Scheuler/LS Associates:

“Empowering Families in Difficult Times: The Women’s Economic Stability Initiative”
Published in Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work, Vol 29, Issue 3, 2014
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886109914522624

Arts Education Makes a Difference in Missouri Schools
Available from the Missouri Arts Council
https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/graphics/assets/documents/b657d9f1adfc.pdf

and Americans for the Arts
http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/naappd/arts-education-makes-a-difference-in-missouri-schools

Arts Education Still Makes a Difference in Missouri Schools
Available from the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education
http://www.moaae.org/MAAEStudyReport2015c2.pdf

Evaluation of the Jazz Ambassadors Program: Final Report
Available from the U.S. Department of State
https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/jazz-amb-program-vol.-i-final-report-march-2006.pdf

Other Work Samples

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis Guide to Outcomes and Indicators

A guide to tools and approaches to measure increased stability and improved quality of life among vulnerable populations (including older adults, immigrants, and veterans) created by LS Associates
https://www.daughtersofcharityfdn.org/files/2114/6774/2431/DCFSL_Users_Guide_to_Outcomes_and_Indicators_Final.pdf

Sample Evaluation Tools developed for the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis by LS Associates
Can be accessed through the following link:
https://www.daughtersofcharityfdn.org/resources/