As part of its mission to provide “Real-Time Data-Driven Decision Making,” Optimal routinely hosts members of the academic, research, business, and nongovernmental organization communities to participate in its Brown Bag Series. Held during lunch, the Brown Bag Series offers Optimal staff and invited guests the opportunity to explore state-of-the-art research methods and discuss research findings and innovative ideas.

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Date: July 20, 2023


Streamline Market Research for Government Procurement

Learn about the potential of automation, AI-powered technologies, and Optimal’s AcquisitionAI platform can transform ways to conduct market research, make informed decisions, and facilitate partnerships. Here’s what we covered: Watch the webinar below

Date: June 15, 2023


Using AI in Public Comments Analysis Featuring Comments AI

Would you like to learn how to disseminate and analyze public comments effectively and efficiently? Watch our webinar on “Using AI in Public Comments Analysis featuring CommentsAI” and learn how CommentsAI leverages an embedded chatbot to simplify comments processing analysis and reporting. Here’s what we covered : Watch the webinar below

Date: May 11, 2023


Leveraging Generative AI for Policy Research

Are you curious about how generative AI can revolutionize policy research? Watch our webinar on “Leveraging Generative AI for Policy Research” to learn about the benefits of using these powerful tools from our presenters. Here’s what we covered : Learn more about the latest trends and innovations in generative AI for policy research and data science. Watch the webinar below

Date: April 13, 2023


Collecting COVID-19 Mask Mandate Information Using Artificial Intelligence to Contextualize 2022 NAEP Results

Optimal’s Director of Data Science, Sadaf Asrar will be presenting at the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting on April 13 – 16, 2023 . Mr. Asrar will be presenting on Collecting COVID-19 Mask Mandate Information Using Artificial Intelligence to Contextualize 2022 NAEP Results. Below is the abstract of the presentation: The objective of this study was to collect online information about […]

Date: September 7, 2022


Optimal Researchers to Present on Automating Mask Mandate Google Searches

Optimal’s education research team will be presenting at the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) conference on September 7-9, 2022. The team will present the methodological approach developed to collect mask mandate information by automating Google searches and using NLP to classify the results by developing a customized robotic process automation program. This year’s theme for the conference includes using […]

Date: August 8, 2022


Equity Indicators Project: The Nation’s “Equity Report Card”

Authors: Ebony Walton, Statistician, NCES; Daniel Loew, Research Associate, Optimal Solutions Group; Imer Arnautovic, Research Associate, Optimal Solutions Group; and Enis Dogan, Chief Psychometrician, NCES As is well known in education research, performance differences in achievement persist between groups of students in the U.S. and addressing them by ensuring equal access to high-quality education for all is a part of […]

Date: May 20, 2022


Optimal’s COO Offers Real World Career Optimizing Tips to UMD iSchool Graduates

Optimal’s executive, Tracye Turner, recently delivered career lessons learned and best practices remarks to new graduates at the 2022 spring commencement at the University of Maryland’s School of Information Studies. The fast-growing school has high job offer rates and in-demand graduates. She frequently collaborates with the iSchool, serves on the iLead Advisory Council, and was the Inaugural Chair. She shared her top 10 career lessons learned […]

Date: May 11, 2022


Optimal’s CEO Joins the Council of Graduate Schools Employer Roundtable

Optimal’s Mark Turner recently joined the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Employer Roundtable. The CGS Employer Roundtable is a small group of senior leaders representing employers of graduate degree holders in various fields and organizations serving higher education. CGS serves to advance graduate education and research in the U.S. and globally. Dr. Turner brings the perspective of small businesses that employ graduate degree […]

Date: March 27, 2022


Optimal Will Present Findings on the Effects of Federal Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses at APPAM Research Conference

Four representatives from Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) will present research papers on the effects of federal contracting opportunities for small businesses at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 43rd Annual Research Conference in Austin, Texas, this March.

Date: January 11, 2022


Opportunity to Participate in a Telehealth Study

On behalf of the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), an independent regulatory agency that works to inform health care decision-making and increase access to affordable care, NORC and Optimal Solutions Group are recruiting participants, ages 18 and up, for a study on telehealth.

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