Current Projects

1. The Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) St. Joseph's Catholic (SJC) Longitudinal Study is a randomized control trial designed to determine the short-term and long-term impact and effectiveness of the CHI SJC Home Visiting program model. The study examines and compares outcomes between families receiving home visiting services and families in a control group. This is a longitudinal study following children through High School graduation or 19 years of age.

2. Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) - ISR is providing evaluation and analytic services to Bernalillo County in support of the BHI. The services provided are documenting the development of the BHI and the four sub-committees of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Governing Commission (ABCGC). The ISR is providing technical assistance to the County in the form of: Data analyses relevant to decision making on proposed programs. Expertise on prior studies of effectiveness or cost-benefit of proposed programs. Advice on programmatic best practices. Advice on program design. Advice on data collection protocols and data collection systems; and Other requested assistance with regard to programs implemented as part of the BHI. The BHI represents a significant step forward in local efforts towards addressing and preventing mental health, substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness crisis in the metro area and the middle Rio Grande region of New Mexico.

3. Bernalillo County Public Safety Program – The Institute manages, analyzes, and reports on data for the County, including data from the Metropolitan Detention Center, the Second Judicial District Court (SJDC), and Metropolitan Court. Projects include items such as tracking and reporting on the jail population, bookings, releases, length of stay, and other population details. Additionally, the Institute reports on a series of jail managements initiatives and works on a variety of ad hoc report as needed.

4. Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation Assistance for Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) - This project involves providing technical assistance to DBHS in its efforts to acquire CARF accreditation. This project focuses on identifying the specific benchmarks relevant to CARF accreditation.  It supports the identification of any internal deficiencies related to meeting CARF accreditation goals. This project will help to establish/create department foundational definitions, Finally, when applicable, CARA-ISR will link any past CARA ISR performance reviews and evaluations on department programs to CARF requirements for accreditation.

5. New Mexico Corrections Department Classification Scoring Form Review - The New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) contracted with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of New Mexico to review and modify the current classification scoring form designed to effectively classifying inmates to the proper security level. This scoring form is designed to improve the safety and security of correctional facilities in New Mexico by effectively placing and managing inmates in the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department. Having an effective and efficient prison classification process is an important part a prison not only for administrative and management purposes but also to ensure that a prison is responsive to needs of inmates and changes in demographics, policy, and resources.  In recent years a number of issues have emerged to challenge correctional facilities across the country triggering a need for review and modification of prison classification systems.

6. The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at the University of New Mexico was established to identify, recruit, admit, and enroll migrant and seasonal farm worker students and provide them with academic, social, and financial support to enable the completion of their first year of college. CAMP has funded the ISR to provide annual program evaluation and recommendations based upon evaluation findings. Evaluation analysis have focused on helping the program measure progress towards the completion of program mission, goals, and objectives.

7. The Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) – a mentoring program with the primary goal of enhancing the ability of individuals from under-represented groups who recently received a Bachelor’s degree to gain entry into graduate PhD programs. Since 2009, PREP has contracted the ISR to provide annual assessments of the program as well as assess the long-term effects of attending PREP has had on former PREP scholars.