Econometrica Develops Healthcare Training Materials

Econometrica Develops Healthcare Training Materials

Members of Econometrica’s staff have extensive experience building online training courses and toolkits on healthcare topics

Last October, Econometrica was awarded a contract by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a web-based training course on antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention. As part of CDC’s effort to educate clinicians about the benefits of antibiotic stewardship, the interactive course will help clinicians improve their prescribing practices and deliver effective and consistent messages about antibiotic use and resistance to patients.

Econometrica’s Learning, Training & Diffusion Team released Section 1 of the four-part series in February 2018. Since then, more than 900 participants who have taken the course have given it a favorable review, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5. More modules will be released soon, and Econometrica’s team continues to develop continuing education courses around infection prevention.

Econometrica has created web-based training for our Post-Acute Care Training project, and our staff has performed instructional design work for years, including developing web-based training for Oregon’s new Child Support System, developing the Environmental Systems Research Institute’s first-ever massive open online course (“Going Places with Spatial Analysis”), and creating stroke preparedness training for Providence Health and Services.

Members of our staff have also created an extensive body of educational and training toolkits on healthcare topics. For example, Econometrica staff contributed a number of toolkits to the North Carolina Community Transformation Project, including Mapping Health Assets, a community toolkit to help people use maps to view health issues; Go Healthy here!, a toolkit to improve access to healthy foods; and Local Campaigns, a toolkit for supporting policy change.

With the knowledge and skills our staff have gained from this experience, Econometrica can help turn your next training into an e-learning event. Reach out today!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

Members of our staff have also created an extensive body of educational and training toolkits on healthcare topics.

Contact Econometrica today to learn about our training services.

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Econometrica’s Legacy of Research for HUD

Econometrica’s Legacy of Research for HUD

Econometrica, Inc., has been providing support to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 2002. Almost since that beginning, we have produced many research publications, alone or in collaboration with other notable firms such as Abt Associates, Urban Institute, and ICF International. Our areas of research vary but often include program evaluation, in-depth analysis of American Housing Survey (AHS) data, and studies providing insights into implications of policy, programs, or regulations. Our work is most often produced for HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R).

Two of the leading authors of our research related to AHS are Dr. Frederick Eggers and Dr. Fouad Moumen. AHS is sponsored by HUD and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is the most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States. They are renowned experts in this dataset and have been supporting work related to it for nearly their entire careers. Some of their works include:

In addition to their publications listed at PD&R, additional items may be found at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ahs.html. You can read more about Econometrica’s legacy of AHS work in this blog post.

Some of the other notable Econometrica-supported research includes:

All publications available online and produced for PD&R can be accessed at these links: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/taxonomy/term/2811 and https://www.huduser.gov/portal/taxonomy/term/3437.

We are proud of the important work we do and hope that our contributions to this research can improve design, increase knowledge, advance understanding, and inspire further investigation!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

HUD contracted Econometrica to provide these support services, including direct TA and group learning (training) across the HUD portfolio of housing agencies, which includes more than 3,500 PHAs. HUD Field Offices, a group of PHAs with similar needs, or an individual PHA could request TA from the project’s Government Technical Monitor.

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Econometrica’s Drive to Reduce Opioid Deaths

Econometrica’s Drive to Reduce Opioid Deaths

HRSA’s Value of Poison Centers for Medicare Beneficiaries: Measuring the Impact of Poison Center Consultations Contract Awarded in 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that on average 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. With the number of opioid-involved deaths continuing to increase in the United States, it is time for healthcare members to mobilize with speed and efficiency to help reduce opioid deaths.

Over the past 20 years, Econometrica has worked on several projects preparing us to battle the opioid crisis. In 2014, Econometrica worked with Lewin and PIRE on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Value of Poison Centers for Medicare Beneficiaries: Measuring the Impact of Poison Center Consultations project.

In this project, the team conducted a retrospective study to determine the impact of poison center consultations on the length of inpatient hospital stays related to poisonings for Medicare beneficiaries. The project also secured epidemiological data to identify whether any cost benefits existed with seniors’ hospitalizations due to poison-related incidents that may be attributable to the involvement of poison control centers.

Part of combating the opioid crisis requires creating educational tools to disseminate important messages. In our Prevention of Prescription Abuse in the Workplace project for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, we worked with employers and their staff members to spread opioid misuse prevention messages. We also supported Safe State’s Injury Surveillance Workgroup 7 from 2010 to 2012 as it examined data sources that can be used to keep track of the growing opioid epidemic.

The number of opioid-involved deaths continues to increase in the United States, adding to the already large numbers of deaths attributed to opioid use. We understand the urgency and scale of this crisis and we are committed to using our capabilities and experience to be a part of the solution.

The project also secured epidemiological data to identify whether any cost benefits existed with seniors’ hospitalizations due to poison-related incidents that may be attributable to the involvement of poison control centers.

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Econometrica’s Inaugural Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Awarded in 2011

Econometrica’s Inaugural Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Awarded in 2011

Many cities, counties, and states have excelled at using funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create innovative, place-based revitalization strategies. However, the economic downturn, collapse of the housing market, and accompanying foreclosure crisis intensified the challenges grantees faced. As a result, HUD shifted the way it provided technical assistance (TA) and capacity building to grantees and subgrantees. The OneCPD Integrated Practitioner Assistance System (OneCPD) provided comprehensive, needs-based, and cross-program TA to maximize the impact of HUD funds. HUD’s FY 2010 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building under the Transformation Initiative Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), commonly referred to as OneCPD, was HUD’s first attempt to integrate its multiple TA awards within the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) under a single program. This NOFA was released in 2011, during HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s tenure.

To meet the challenge of OneCPD’s new approach to the way HUD provided TA and capacity building, Econometrica joined forces with a team of more than 60 cross-disciplinary community development practitioners and firms from across the country. A successful response to the NOFA resulted in a $500,000 award, executed by then Technical Assistance Director Julie Hopkins (nee Hovden). Under this funding, the Econometrica Team conducted needs assessments of grantees to determine the nature and scope of TA and capacity building needed; provided direct TA based on results of the needs assessments; and developed tools and products to assist CPD grantees in understanding relevant CPD and federal requirements. Areas of focus included programs such as Section 108, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and HOME funding. Under OneCPD, the team provided needs assessments and TA to grantees (municipalities) in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi, as well as the State of North Carolina. The team also designed materials and implemented a process to provide grantees an opportunity to comment on CDBG TA needs and program effectiveness. To engage grantees and other stakeholders in this conversation, Econometrica launched “Moving CDBG Forward,” during which it conducted 9 in-person information and listening sessions and 10 interactive webinars in less than 6 months’ time. Econometrica also monitored an electronic forum and prepared a thorough report, including findings and recommendations.

Following this initial award, Econometrica has continued to receive an increased level of funding for every subsequent year during which HUD issued a similar TA NOFA. The focus of these NOFAs has transitioned from just CPD programs to also include the Office of Native American Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, and other divisions within HUD. Areas of focus now commonly include Choice Neighborhoods, physical needs assessments, and more. Commensurate with this expansion, the NOFA itself transitioned in terminology from OneCPD to OneCPD Plus to the current titling, Community Compass. In 2017, Econometrica closed out its inaugural award from 2011, but continues to provide services under the newer awards, which remain active. The most recent award was made in late 2017 and is featured in this blog post.

Econometrica’s partnerships have also evolved over time, expanding to keep pace with changing and expanded needs of HUD grantees as well as to capture new and emerging practice areas and increase geographic reach. We are proud of the teams we have assembled and our legacy of providing high-quality, effective, and efficient TA to HUD consumers. We look forward to many more years of doing so.

NOTE: HUD grantees interested in receiving TA, including units of local government, tribes/tribally designated housing entities, public housing agencies, and others, can review the instructions found here: https://www.hudexchange.info/program-support/technical-assistance/.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

Under this funding, the Econometrica Team conducted needs assessments of grantees to determine the nature and scope of TA and capacity building needed; provided direct TA based on results of the needs assessments; and developed tools and products to assist CPD grantees in understanding relevant CPD and federal requirements.

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Our First Disaster Services Contract Awarded in 2005

Our First Disaster Services Contract Awarded in 2005

In 2005, Econometrica was awarded its first disaster assistance–related contract. Econometrica provided the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing with support services related to the implementation of the Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program and the follow-on Disaster Voucher Program, two programs that addressed the urgent housing needs of flood victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Econometrica provided data analysis, process development and documentation, funds control and quality assurance, and operational support to assist HUD in its implementation and management of the program. Econometrica’s specific responsibilities included database development, eligibility verification, social marketing, community outreach, and quality control efforts.

Econometrica was also responsible for identifying and informing HUD of housing vacancies to accommodate the displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. We worked with public housing authorities, landlords, realty organizations, and others to obtain current housing vacancy data, and we created a website to provide this information quickly to Federal and local public housing personnel serving displaced households across the country. We also advised HUD about the reliability and usefulness of the vacancy data generally and made recommendations, as appropriate.

Econometrica has since gone on to provide other disaster-related services, including providing onsite subject matter expertise in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office to inform State, regional, and local economic recovery planning following extensive flooding and landslides in Colorado in September 2013. But our first encounter with the post-disaster landscape—and especially the human connections we forged—will forever serve as a reminder of the impact we can have when we connect our professional abilities with the real-world needs and time-sensitive demands that disasters create.

Note: Through February 28, 2018, Econometrica’s fundraising page to support the Central Texas Food Bank, including those affected by Hurricane Harvey, continues to accept donations. Recent reports indicate that there is still great need.

Econometrica was also responsible for identifying and informing HUD of housing vacancies to accommodate the displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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