Demonstrate Achieved Educational Outcomes and Increase Funding

Utilize a Third-Party to Help Provide Program Evaluation Insights to Attract More Sustainable Funding

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Leverage Our Expertise to Help Secure On-going Funding for Education and Research

Improving educational outcomes, addressing learning loss, and further advancing academic research for the future are all vitally important.  It is the main concern of funding partners in education and the stakeholders delivering and receiving education today.  

Let The Mark help communicate the results you have achieved and explain the reason for the gaps in resources that you need from funding partners to achieve specific outcomes.  

By elevating the results of your work, The Mark team helps you secure consistent, ongoing, and sustainable funding to ensure your program continues to succeed because stakeholders understand what you need, how funding will be used, and specifically why you need it.

Connect the Dots Between Your Work and Tangible Results

The Mark’s unique approach blends rigorous academic research standards and practices that you’re familiar with, and combines it with private sector business experience. The result is that The Mark is able to connect your research with a story that others can understand in simple language that describes the results achieved within the context of broader social and community outcomes that drive real change.

Together, your team and The Mark can demonstrate how the changes you have made truly impacted everyone, at every level – and will secure additional funding for on-going and future projects.

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Surveys, Focus Groups, Interviews, and Constituent Research

Statistical Data Analysis and Performance Analytics

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Program Monitoring and External Evaluation

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Community-based Participatory Research Methods

Discover How Other Educational Programs Partnered With The Mark

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Impact Evaluation of PROFIT Financial Graduation Pilots

BRAC USA | February 2017
Quasi-experimental impact evaluation of interventions intended to provide 2,600 Kenyan women and youth with livelihoods, assets and skills, and health education. Our evaluation team coordinated and collaborated across US- and Kenya-based organizations.
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West Virginia EPSCoR Track 1 Project – Sub-recipient

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission | 2015 – 2021
Led external evaluation of NSF-funded EPSCoR Track 1 Project, to increase WV’s research infrastructure, improve education and workforce development, and increase diversity in STEM. Employed mixed methods approach, using surveys, interviews, and program tracking data to assess achievement of goals.
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NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) – Sub-recipient

Howard University | 2017-2021
With Howard University as PI, we led external evaluation of the NOAA NCAS-M project across 13 universities over 5 years. Deliverables included an evaluation plan, project logic model, data collection process & tool development, and formative and summative reports.

Meet The Mark Team

Our innovative, 100% remote workplace features skilled evaluators experienced in both virtual and in-person collaboration – making The Mark a reliable, flexible partner during the COVID era and beyond.

As you collaborate with The Mark to articulate your goals, you’ll meet many of our key evaluators. Some of them are included here:

Schedule Your First Conversation with The Mark Team

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Traci Shirachi, MBA

CEO/President

Traci earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Traci is the CEO of The Mark USA, Inc. Traci is responsible for making key business decisions to increase The Mark’s abilities to address client needs. Traci works with all the evaluators within the organization to deliver quality client service. Traci has over 20 years of work experience with consulting companies of various sizes, including PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Jessica Martone, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Martone earned a Ph.D. and her MSW from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Dr. Martone was a research fellow and is currently a research affiliate for the Institute for Migration and International Social Work. Dr. Martone has been involved with immigration and education focused research projects.

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Adrienne Celaya, Ph.D.

Senior Evaluator 

Dr. Celaya holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Miami and an M.A. in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies from Fordham University. She has a background in program implementation and evaluation of research-informed and evidenced-based community projects, as well as domestic violence and child welfare research.

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noely banos, ma

Assistant Director

Noely earned an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Western Carolina University, with a focus in research design and statistics, and further graduate training in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University. Noely has extensive experience utilizing various research methods; including survey design, focus groups, experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Moriah Johnson, MPP, MA

Senior Evaluator

Moriah holds two MA’s in Public Policy and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, where she is completing her Ph.D. in Sociology. She is passionate about using research and evaluation to partner with community organizations in their strategic goals, while also focusing specifically on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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We create a strategy to gather and evaluate agile data that provides practical applications for your stakeholders.

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