CLEAR is an evaluation and
research group established in 1998 by partners, Becky Swanson Kroll, Ph.D.
and Juan Jackson. Both of these individuals have extensive experience
in doing evaluation, needs assessment and other kinds of social action
research in child welfare, public health, education and human services.
They are particularly skilled in working with grass roots, community-based
initiatives and with small emerging groups - using a capacity building
Much of CLEAR's work has been
in and with communities of color. They develop and regularly use strategies
to work with hard to reach populations, to conduct surveys or face to
face interviews using innovative techniques and respectful, appropriate
means for work with people who have language and cultural differences,
lower levels of formal literacy, or disabilities.
In February, 2004, Juan Jackson
took a leave from CLEAR to complete a novel. The work is continued at
this point by Becky Kroll, Ph.D. as the sole proprietor of CLEAR: Calabash
Learning Evaluation And Research, L.L.C.
The services CLEAR offers can
- Community (Needs) Assessment:
Design and implementation of strategies to gather information from specific
communities. Similar to needs assessment, but not limited to defining
needs and avoiding methods which define people solely by "deficiencies."
Our community-focused assessments identify barriers, services which
make a difference, and individual and community strengths and capacities.
- Formative Evaluations:
Work with new initiatives to identify appropriate initial and intermediate
goals and intended outcomes, sources of information to indicate impact
and creative strategies to gather information from a wide range of stakeholders
to inform and improve initial efforts.
- Consumer Surveys:
Work with providers and consumers to identify methods for providing
systematic feedback to measure satisfaction levels and to provide safe,
anonymous suggestions for improving services and enhancing contact with
- Evaluation Training:
Methods to involve a wide range of stakeholders in understanding the
purpose and benefits of evaluation, and to technical assistance in developing
appropriate indicators and data management systems. Particularly experienced
in using outcome-based evaluation methods, developed in consultation
with human service providers and clients.
- Technical Assistance:
Advice and guidance on choosing methods for gathering information in
cost effective, valid and appropriate ways. Expertise in interviews,
focus groups, survey design and recruitment/sampling of appropriate
respondents (including snowball sampling methods for populations which
can't be enumerated).