Optimal Solutions Group to Create Platform to Review Sites for Accessibility Compliance

Date: October 11, 2018

Like buildings and homes, websites may have barriers to accessibility that are not obvious until you know what to look for. Site users who are blind need text descriptions of images that can be read by a screen reader device, while users who cannot easily grip objects will need forms with fields that are navigable without clicking a mouse.

Understanding the effects of 7(j) online training for 8(a) firms

Date: October 2, 2018

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Performance Management has contracted with Optimal Solutions Group to assess the effectiveness of online training on topics such as marketing, contract management, and federal contracting rules and regulations for participants in the 8(a) Business Development Program.

Understanding the role of HUBZone businesses in fulfilling federal government contracts.

Date: October 2, 2018

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Performance Management has contracted with Optimal Solutions Group to provide analyses to determine whether HUBZone-certified firms can fulfill the needs of the available federal government contracts.

Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop

Date: September 20, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Auer of Optimal Solutions presented a paper, “Business Assistance and Women Entrepreneurs” at the Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop on Sept. 20, 2018.


2018 ADRF Network Research Conference: Innovations in Administrative Data for Social Science

Date: November 13, 2018

Optimal Solutions Group will share insight on working with federal agencies to obtain data, using administrative data to develop models and understand successes and flaws, and ways in which administrative data were used to track developments in USAID’s education strategy at the 2018 ADRF Network Research Conference: Innovations in Administrative Data for Social Science.

Optimal to Discuss Logic Models at Evaluation 2018 Conference

Date: November 3, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Auer of Optimal Solutions Group will offer a roundtable discussion, “Logic Models: Not All Stakeholders Are Equal” at Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power, hosted by the American Evaluation Association, on November 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop

Date: September 20, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Auer of Optimal Solutions presented a paper, “Business Assistance and Women Entrepreneurs” at the Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop on Sept. 20, 2018.

2018 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) STATS-DC Stats Data Conference

Date: July 27, 2018

At this year’s NCES DC Stats Conference, “Visualizing the Future of Education Through Data,” Optimal Solutions shared its work on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and with state assessment data via a presentation and demonstration booth.


Under-served Youth Resources Montgomery County – Funded by DHHS/SAMHSA

Date: January 31, 2018

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council requested a Geo-mapping Tool in order to assess resources for transitional age youth (TAY) who are at-risk of disconnecting or are disconnected from their communities.

Office of the Medicare Ombudsman brief

Date: August 27, 2016

Topic Detection • Analysis of Internet and social media to identify and trend beneficiary issues in real time: Message boards, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. • Scan the Internet for data, called posts, based on a certain keyword or set of keywords.

Feed the Future Liberia brief

Date: March 28, 2015

Historical Background • Liberia has undergone a long period of bloody civil war that shattered its economy. • Its principal sector of activity, agriculture, has been damaged and is plagued by low crop yields.

Medicare Part D brief

Date: September 28, 2014

Website Assessment Tool • Developed organizational website content assessment tool to include all Part D content requirements. • Identifies areas where plans are compliant or need further clarification of posted information.



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Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP)
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