As of October 1, 2019, Smart Start changed its name to The Mark.
who we are
We are a highly educated and experienced team that does everything with the utmost integrity and high standards. Our desire is not only to help your organization achieve world-class excellence but to transform generations and entire communities through the process of empowering you to make meaningful and intentional decisions and changes.
what we do
We collaborate with you to solve your greatest challenges using a research and data-driven approach. Our team provides expertise in analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data that gives you a thoughtful and purposeful strategy with actionable steps that can dramatically improve your organization.
Our easy to understand insights connect your activities, goals, and outcomes to a clear path of excellence.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
In everything we do, we believe in integrity and the highest standards to achieve world class excellence and challenge the status quo to transform generations and communities by empowering them to make meaningful changes based on informed decisions.
The Mark did a phenomenal job within the challenging environment of rural Benin. The evaluation methodology, professionalism of staff, and the execution of the evaluation plus reporting, were probably the best I have seen in my close to 20 years in Benin, working as senior management of NGOs and USAID. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again and would definitely recommend The Mark to others.
- Cynthia Taha, Benin (Africa), Country Director for Partners for Development
The Mark has served as primary researchers with me on five NSF funded grants. They have remained as dedicated professional throughout all projects and function in the highest capacity possible. I value their capacity to adapt to heavy workloads, produce deliverables in a timely fashion and provide critical and poignant analysis. Providing perspective, insight and acumen have created successful outcomes and ultimately prosperous projects!
- Lauren B. Birney; Professor of STEM Education and Director of the STEM Collaboratory NYC®
Center Club Orange County hired The Mark to manage, evaluate and present the nonprofit charity submissions for selecting our annual Center Club Cares partnership and $10K grant recipient. We are extremely pleased with how thorough they were as well as how easy they were to work with. The Mark went above and beyond by identifying gaps in the process and streamlining it for efficiency which resulted in saving us time and money.
- Shahin Vosough, General Manager, Center Club Orange County