Program Development and Evaluation
• Creating Innovative Best Practice Models
• Coordinating Public-Private Partnerships
• Evaluating Programs & Initiatives
Innovative Best Practice Models & Coordinating Partnerships
We, at The Bingman Group, have focused our Community Development services on building programs and initiatives for low-income families who seek access to programs that provide opportunities for lifelong success. We believe that a holistic service-delivery approach motivates families to focus on improving their standard of living by focusing on building assets, becoming more motivated about education and job training, and gaining access to affordable and stable housing and health care.
We know that the decline in many Michigan communities over the last four decades has resulted in continually decreasing population density and disinvestment in core cities. Despite innovative and even some successful efforts to divert this shift and its horrific land-use consequences, this persistent dynamic has substantially contributed to profound, negative impacts on “sense of place” and the “economic well-being” of children and families in the state. This dynamic has affected the perception and viability of the state as a whole.
The central features of most programs that The Bingman Group has assisted in creating, uses innovative and personal approaches that feature access to affordable housing, education, healthcare and meaningful jobs through developing and coordinating vital partnerships. Meeting these basic needs is intrinsic to a strong sense of place and partners who provide services in these areas are often interested in partnering with suitable organizations.
Where individuals reside from day-to-day determine whether they have regular, easy access to a city’s assets. Housing, in particular – its location, is a primary mechanism for accessing opportunity in our society, including jobs, education, and health care. Housing location determines the quality of schools children attend, the quality of public services, access to employment and transportation, health risks, and access to health care and public safety.
The Bingman Group takes pride in developing best and promising practice models and assisting organizations in enhancing current programs that are designed to assist low income individuals and families. We understand the landscape and the people involved and we continue to assist in building great models within the state.
We are skilled evaluators with national evaluation experience and we evaluate programs led by colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Moreover, we bring our extensive previous work experience to every project we undertake. The main features of evaluation models that The Bingman Group has been involved with include performing a three-pronged approach to evaluating various community-based and university-led programs by utilizing the following components:
- Examine how the project functions within the economic, social, and political environment of its community and project setting.
- Determine how environmental or contextual factors affect the project, how it functions, and the ability to achieve project goals.
- Assess and evaluate the planning, setting up, and carrying out of a project
- Review the documentation of the projects
- Examine the core activities undertaken to achieve project goals and intended outcomes
- Assess the short-and-long term results of the project determining whether or not the project worked and what changes occurred as a result of the project
- Ensure that the final report provides important information about the critical outcomes and the impact the project has had on clients, staff, partner agencies and the community.