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Dr. Calvin Johnson Presents to Staff as Part of the Optimal’s Brown Bag Series

August 12, 2010

On August 11, 2010, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) welcomed Dr. Calvin Johnson to present as part of its “Brown Bag Series.” Dr. Johnson’s presentation, entitled “Partnering to Enhance Offender Accountability,” covered:

Dr. David Engel Presents a Writing Seminar as Part of Optimal’s Brown Bag Series

July 22, 2010

On July 21, 2010, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) welcomed Dr. David Engel to participate in its Brown Bag Series. Dr. Engel, conducting his third such event with Optimal, discussed the writing and preparation elements necessary to create thorough and well-written expository documents. Dr. Engel stressed writing required a clear, unambiguous, efficient transfer of meaning, while emphasizing the paragraph as the thought […]

Dr. Calvin Johnson Presents on Business Analytics in the Government

July 1, 2010

Optimal will welcome Calvin Johnson, Ph.D., to speak in its Brown Bag Series Wednesday, August 11, 2010. His presentation “Serving Ex-Offenders and Business Intelligence” will focus on the use of business analytics in the government.

Optimal Builds Re-usable and Sustainable Code for Cost Savings at CMS and ED

June 30, 2010

In recent years, Optimal Solutions Group (Optimal) has taken on critical projects at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Leveraging its innovative approaches, Optimal has a policy perspective that understands its clients’ goals and objectives while applying information technology solutions.

Reaching out into the Social Media Landscape

June 30, 2010

Current trends show an increasing importance and need for comprehensive social media research. According to the World Bank, 75% of Americans are currently using the Internet.  When combined with the 64% of Americans, identified by Harris Interactive as using social media, the importance of using conducting social media research and environmental scanning is apparent.

Report Evaluating Charter Schools Impacts Released by the Dept of Education

June 30, 2010

The National Center for Educational Evaluation (NCEE) and Regional Assistance recently released “The Evaluation of Charter School Impacts” final report which was funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). In collaboration with Mathematica, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) conducted the first large-scale randomized trial on the effectiveness of charter schools in multiple states and economics settings. Previous studies on […]

Bringing Business Intelligence to the Winning Fathers Initiative

June 25, 2010

The Maryland Department of Human Resources contracted Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) to evaluate the effectiveness of the Winning Fathers Demonstration Project (WFDP). The program seeks to enable participating couples to develop healthy marital relationships in their homes and communities, improve the participating couples’ abilities to resolve conflict, advance the overall well-being of the children in the household, and improve […]

“Why be an Economist?” Day

June 18, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal), hosted its fourth annual NSF funded aspiring economist event. Students heard presentations from several key staff members highlighting the type of work an economist might undertake within Optimal’s four research centers: health, education, workforce development, and housing. The goal of these presentations was to explore the question of “Why Be an Economist?” in an age […]

Workforce & Economic Development Policy Roundtable: Focus on Low-Skilled Workers, Promising Careers, and Green Jobs

June 17, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) recently hosted prominent government, educational, and business leaders to talk about employment options for low-skilled workers in the greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. For over two hours, Optimal researchers and Roundtable attendees shared information and stories in an effort to relay crucial information promoting workforce and economic development in the greater Baltimore area. The topics provided […]

Turner Family Establishes New Scholarship to Support Undergraduate Economics Students

June 4, 2010

Dr. Mark D. Turner (Ph.D. ’96) and his wife, Tracye have established an endowed scholarship to support undergraduate economics students at the University of Maryland who have demonstrated service and leadership. Deserving students of this scholarship will be selected based on their commitment to improve society as a whole through the improvement of minority communities. The Turners’ dedication to the […]

University of Maryland Economics Department Invites Mark Turner to speak at Commencement

June 1, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Turner delivered the keynote address at the May 21 commencement ceremony for the Department of Economics at his alma mater, the University of Maryland.

Dr. Nancy Miller Discusses Long-Term Care for Seniors

May 20, 2010

Dr. Nancy Miller, associated professor at University of Maryland – Baltimore County, presented findings from a recent study on home and community-based care (HCBS) and its correlation to rebalancing long-term care systems. Dr. Miller’s presentation, “Medicaid Home and Community-Based Care,” discussed Federal and state policy initiatives related to long-term care, Medicaid’s role in providing long-term care, and factors that are […]

Fashola Chairs Sessions at AERA Conference, Presents to Chicago Public Schools

May 5, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC’s Principle Research Fellow Toks Fashola, Ph.D., recently participated in the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting in May, 2010. Dr. Fashola served as Chair for two sessions of the conference:  “Academic Achievement and Learning for Life Due to Participation in Out-of-School Programs,” and “Multiple Identities for Blacks in Math, Science and Technology.” She also served […]

NCSER Releases Technical Paper “Statistical Power Analysis in Education Research”

April 28, 2010

The Institute of Educations Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education contracted with Optimal Solutions Group, LLC to develop a guide for calculating statistical power for complex multilevel designs that are used in most field studies in education.

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Brown Tours Optimal

April 20, 2010

As part of the State of Maryland’s commitment to keep current on the pulse of local businesses, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown regularly makes time to tour sites across the state. 

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