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Job opening: Evaluation Specialist

The Down East Partnership for Children is now recruiting applicants for the following position:

Evaluation Specialist

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sydney Land, DEPC, PO Box 1245, Rocky Mount, NC 27802 or email to:  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  Down East Partnership for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


POSITION:    Evaluation Specialist

REPORTS TO:    Program Development Manager


HOURS PER WEEK:    40 Hours



Coordinate the gathering and management of all data and research for the Down East Partnership for Children to support the evaluation process.


  • To work independently
  • To be a part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • To manage multiple processes simultaneously
  • People skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Data management skills
  • Statistical analysis skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Strategic planning knowledge
  • Excellent writing skills


  • At least 3-5 years of actual experience in program evaluation and/or research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Grant writing experience preferred



Program Evaluation/Program Support

  • Complete quarterly reporting process:
    • Coordinate data collection from funded programs (internal and external)
    • Provide technical assistance to programs utilizing other reporting processes as required by funder
    • Organize data and submit to NC Partnership for Children, and other funders as needed
    • Analyze data and compile for Quarterly Review
    • Submit original quarterly reports to Operations Specialist to file in program files
    • Maintain file of copies of reports
  • Quarterly Review:
    • Facilitate the Quarterly Review Meetings and program action plans as appropriate; Develop necessary documents for meeting participants
    • Provide the Executive Director a review of quarterly program performance and spotlight areas of concern and notable successes.,
  • Review indicators to determine need for specific measurement instruments; research availability of appropriate instruments; develop new instruments as needed; and utilize as appropriate.
  • Provide support to the Program Development Manager to manage the process for review/edit/amendment of logic models for DEPC program files as required by funding sources.
  • Annually, participate in contract monitoring site visits to each externally funded program to ensure focus on long-term progress and the achievement of our Strategic Framework goals and targets.
  • As needed, research best practices for program improvement
  • Assist programs with survey development, data collection and analysis, and presentation of survey results as necessary

 Reporting & Communication of Evaluation Information

  • Review, report and evaluate yearly program evaluation data including funded program output counts, outcome results and progress toward achieving Strategic Framework targets and other evaluation standards.
  • Disseminate evaluation and strategic planning information and data to the DEPC staff, Board, committees, community partners, major funding sources and the general public as appropriate.
  • Collect any other program reports as requested by either the North Carolina Partnership for Children, SNAP-Ed, or other funders.
  • Communicate all program changes to the Program Development Manager and the R&D Director
  • Track the long-term impact of DEPC services.
Database Management/Maintenance
  • Management of GemsLite database
    • Develop processes to transition usage of the Family First database to GemsLite
    • Provide technical assistance/training for GemsLite users
    • Maintain updated information in databases (GemsLite)

Program Development/Grants Management

  • Work with funded programs and community partners to utilize data to drive programmatic and community-based planning processes.
  • With appropriate grants management team members, assist with program reporting for funding sources including
    • Data collection from subcontracted programs
    • Report writing and editing


Strategic Framework/Model of Services Evaluation

With Research & Development Director, and Program Development Manager support evaluation of the DEPC Strategic Framework and the model of services including:

  • As needed, manage needs assessment process including summarizing and reporting the results.
  • Work with funded programs to incorporate use of specific measurements database and/or other evaluation methods, as needed.
  • Assist in all Grant Evaluation Projects, which may include coordinating data collection of child assessments, family, and teacher surveys.


  • Monitor local statistics relating to quality of life for children and families.
  • Provide support to the Program Development Manager for planning and facilitating the Evaluation Committee as the oversight committee for the evaluation process.
  • Collaborate with the Program Development Manager to ensure ongoing information sharing.
  • Attend Early Childhood Community Partners, DEPC staff, Research & Development team, DEPC Executive Committee, and Board meetings as necessary to report on evaluation activities and build data use skills.
  • Attend local, regional, and state evaluation meetings or conferences.
  • Responsible and accountable to the R&D Director for day-to-day activities.
  • Responsible for other duties as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director and Research & Development Director.



  • A BA or BS degree in a field with a strong math and/or statistical background. Masters preferred.



  • While performing this job the employee is:
    • Frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms; and talk or hear
    • Periodically required to stand; walk, stoop, kneel
    • Occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision and the ability to adjust focus to operate the computer

The position also requires the ability to periodically work under time pressure

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Henrietta Zalkind column: Campaign to improve school attendance

Henrietta Zalkind’s column as it appeared in the Rocky Mount Telegram:

By Henrietta Zalkind, DEPC Executive Director

It seems like we’ve reached the end of the summer so quickly! Vacation is over and it’s time to start back to school.  Let’s start with optimism and determination to have a great year! Did you know attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed? Reducing absenteeism is one of three key focus areas of the Twin Counties Read 2 Rise Campaign. The campaign supports strategies beginning at birth that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading success by the end of third grade, the single greatest predictor of future academic and career success.

Why is attendance a key focus? Simply put, too many children are missing too many days from school. Chronic absenteeism is missing so much school that a student becomes at risk for academic success. It is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason (that’s just missing two days a month per school year). We often think of absences only as a problem when they are unexcused or that learning isn’t affected unless children miss a lot of days in a row.  Missing two to three days every month (excused or unexcused) can add up to so much lost time that children just can’t keep up.

Nationwide, at least 6.8 million students miss 10% of the school year nationwide. Here is a look at some local facts:

  • Both Edgecombe and Nash-Rocky Mount School systems have lower average daily attendance than the state average.
  • Both Edgecombe and Nash-Rocky Mount School systems have lower average daily attendance than surrounding districts, such as Pitt, Wilson, Halifax, Franklin and Wake County School Systems.

Research tells us that students who attend school regularly have been shown to have higher levels of achievement in comparison to students who do not have regular attendance. Attendance is a critical life skill that prepares students not only for school but for life and career success. Chronic absenteeism is especially problematic among students living in poverty who are most at risk to have poor attendance over multiple years and least likely to have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom.

One of the goals of the Twin County Read 2 Rise campaign is that by the year 2020, the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency in Nash and Edgecombe counties will increase from 39% to 50% as a direct result of students attending school on a regular basis.

Improving attendance is something we can all support. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

Support September as Attendance Awareness Month.  We will introduce the Perfectly Punctual Campaign with a key message that absences add up! This chronic absence prevention program supports positive reinforcement and playfulness to encourage consistent on-time attendance. The campaign’s mascot “Punctual Pete/ Patty” will make visits to local child care centers and schools to reinforce this message. Please contact Kayla Taylor at 252-985-4300 to assist with the campaign or receive further information.

Start promoting good attendance early. We can build a strong foundation and good habits if we start as early as preschool and kindergarten.

Engage families. Many parents and students don’t realize how quickly early absences can add up to academic trouble. Establishing bedtime and morning routines are really important to better attendance and child well being.

Focus on removing barriers. Sometimes the lack of reliable transportation is a barrier or health concerns (like dental issues and asthma) are often the leading reasons students are missing school in the early years. If you need help to improve your child’s attendance, please contact DEPC Family First line at 252-985-4300 or the counselor at your child’s school.

Working together we can make a difference.

(Check back for more information about school attendance on DEPC’s website in September.)

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Special Executive Committee Meeting Scheduled for August 29th, 2017

A special executive committee meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Down East Partnership for Children’s 3rd floor conference room. Accommodations have been made for executive committee members who cannot attend. Please contact the Operations Director, Carol Crocker at or (252) 985-4300 for more information about those accommodations.

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Solar eclipse safety – Message from DCDEE


Viewing next week’s solar eclipse without proper eye protection can result in permanent eye damage.  Follow sun safety even during an eclipse!

On Monday, August 21 the entire continental U.S. will experience a solar eclipse! It will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse can be viewed coast-to-coast across the United States.

A small portion of Western North Carolina is included in the path of totalityof the eclipse, beginning at 2:33 p.m. The rest of the state will experience a partial eclipse. Consult local news and weather stations for exact viewing times in your area.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Division of Child Development and Early Education encourage people who plan to view Monday’s solar eclipse to use proper eye protection and take steps to reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

Even though the moon is passing in front of the sun from Earth’s perspective, the sun is still incredibly bright, and looking directly at it can damage any skywatcher’s eyesight. Because there are no pain receptors in the retina of your eye, you can damage your eyes without even knowing it is happening.

Safety Tips

  • Do not look directly at the sun, including during an eclipse, without proper eye protection.

Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should:

.   Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard

.   Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product

.   Not be used if they are older than three years or have scratched or wrinkled lenses

.   Sunglasses cannot be used in place of solar viewing glasses.

  • NASA recommends avoiding homemade filters. NEVER look at the sun through binoculars, a telescope or a camera lens without a solar filter, or using a homemade filter — the magnified light can damage your eyes faster than looking at the sun unaided.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of suggested vendors of solar eclipse filters and viewers here:


Damage from viewing the eclipse without proper eye protection may not be noticeable right away, but could make seeing difficult the next day and may result in long-term or permanent eye damage.

Those who expect to be outside for an extended period of time should be sure to drink plenty of fluids and not leave children or pets unattended or in vehicles.

Additional safety tips from NASA can be found here:

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