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Copy written for Hanover Research.

Hanover’s flat-fee relationship model benefits both clients and employees. Our employees have the opportunity to build expertise about our clients’ unique qualities and challenges by serving as an ongoing strategic research partner across multiple departments for entire organizations.

Research

The Research team is responsible for creating all of the customized tools and resources that our clients rely on to make business decisions. Our Researchers are intellectually curious, passionate about research and writing, and skilled in both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Researchers have an opportunity to focus on the practice-area of their choice, and we encourage all new hires to follow their passion.

Sales & Development

The Sales & Development team is responsible for all new business partnership initiatives as well as cultivating and expanding existing client relationships. The Sales & Development team is composed of individuals who are creative problem solvers and driven about the services and solutions that Hanover Research can provide to assist clients with their research needs. Sales & Development positions are also industry-focused.

Operations

This is the support structure of the organization. Roles within the Operations department include: Human Resources, Finance, IT, and Administrative Support.

Meet Our People

We know our employees are our greatest assets.

We hire self-starters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce not just a workforce, but a collaborative team. Click through our Employee Spotlights to learn more about who comes to Hanover and why they love it here.

Benefits

Hanover is proud to provide a robust benefits package. We want our employees to have everything they need to reach their greatest potential.

Talent Over Tenure

We are proud of our track record of rewarding superior performance and employee engagement over tenure. Employees who exceed performance targets and demonstrate strong leadership qualities will see quick promotion at Hanover. When asked what they like best about Hanover, most Hanoverians will mention our meritocracy.

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Ohio School District Not Just “Teaching to the Test”

This press release was written for Hanover Research.

Research Drives Innovation in Ohio School District

WASHINGTON, DC—Administrators are preparing teachers, students and parents to implement an innovative new Pathways of Choice program in Ohio’s Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District (CHUH). District schools will follow one of three pathways—education themes that emphasize learning from particular perspectives—and students will choose their schools.

CHUH is one of many districts nationwide outsourcing research to find new ways to enrich education and engage students. President Obama emphasized the need for districts like CHUH in Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address: “Grant schools the flexibility to teach with creativity and passion;” he said, “to stop teaching to the test.”

Joe Micheller, Director of Special Programs & Compliance for CHUH, emphasized the importance of data-driven decision-making and analysis for Pathways.

“Reports from Hanover Research led us to explore schools of choice as a way to meet students’ varied learning needs,” said Micheller. There were other unexpected benefits: “Research shows that when parents and students have a vested interest in their school community, they do better socially, emotionally and academically. Additional learning opportunities for us unveil naturally as parents and students think about what their ideal learning environment would look like.”

CHUH continues to outsource research to Hanover to inform the design, development and implementation of the Pathways of Choice transformation.

“This is a big undertaking,” said Cam Wall, Managing Content Director at Hanover Research. “As the project developed, Superintendent Doug Heuer and his team worked through a lot of questions at a rapid pace: What resources can the district offer to help students choose the right Pathway? What are some innovative ways to redesign learning spaces? How will they know the Pathways model is improving student success? They utilize outsourced research when making these decisions.”

Micheller echoes this sentiment: “Transforming our district from an industrial age model to one suited for 21st Century needs will continue to create challenges; outsourced research will continue to help district schools make informed decisions; it is vital to the program’s success.”

Visit  http://www.hanoverresearch.com/2012/01/pathways  to learn more about the CHUHPathways of Choice program.

 

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Hanover Research, a membership-based organization, collaborates with over 100 local school districts, regional education agencies, and state departments of education across the U.S. The goal of Hanover is to provide additional research capacity to participating members at a fixed, annual cost. Areas of focus include: program evaluation; surveying, administration and analysis; interviews with issue experts; data analysis; competitive benchmarking; and literature reviews on both curricular and operational topics. Visit us at http://www.hanoverresearch.com or contact Sid Phillips, 202-559-0049, sphillips@hanoverresearch.com, to learn more.

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Researchers Shed Light on Washtenaw Focus Schools

This press release was written for Hanover Research.

WASHINGTON, DC—In July 2012, Michigan received a waiver from several mandates of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Thus, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will adopt new accountability standards. Schools in the top 5 percent of the state’s top-to-bottom ranking will be granted a “reward” status, whereas schools in the bottom 5 percent will receive “priority” status. “Focus” status applies to schools with the largest observed gaps in achievement. The weighted formula reflects a combination of each school’s overall achievement, change in achievement, and achievement gap in the five tested content areas (reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and writing).

More than half of the schools in Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) qualify for focus status, but its focus schools perform quite well according to other metrics. An impressive 93.5 percent of WISD’s focus schools made adequate yearly progress in 2011-2012. WISD utilized Hanover Research to gain a better understanding of the new rankings. In addition to providing a detailed explanation of MDE’s methodology, Hanover identified ethnic and socio-economic trends among identified focus schools. Hanover’s continued analysis will drill down into student-level data to further identify the composition of WISD focus schools; this information will support strategic planning and progress for WISD moving forward. Naomi Norman, the Director of Assessment, Planning, and Research for WISD, recently reached out to Hanover to thank them for their support.

“This does exactly what I needed it to do,” she gushed. “I learned from it, and it helps us understand a bit better some of the dynamics at play with this new metric. We’ll share this report with our superintendents next week and have a meeting scheduled with state school improvement and accountability leaders next Friday.”

 

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Hanover Research, a membership-based organization, collaborates with over 150 local school districts, regional education agencies, and state departments of education across the U.S. The goal of Hanover is to provide additional research capacity to participating members at a fixed, annual cost. Areas of focus include: program evaluation; survey design, administration and analysis; interviews with issue experts; data mining and analysis; competitive benchmarking; and literature reviews on both curricular and operational topics. Visit us at http://www.hanoverresearch.com or contact Sid Phillips, 202-559-0049, sphillips@hanoverresearch.com, to learn more.

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Hanover Performs Workforce Gap Analysis for University System of Georgia

This press release was written for Hanover Research.

WASHINGTON, DC—Hanover Research is currently engaged in the first stage of a multi-phase workforce analysis that will examine the composition of the Georgia labor market for the University System of Georgia (USG). USG oversees 35 colleges and universities across the state and is one of the most reputable system offices in the country.

Hanover is examining state- and regional-level occupational projections and industry trend data to identify high-demand, high-growth, and high-need occupations. In conjunction with these data, Hanover is examining trends in degree completions by credential level and subject area.

“The ultimate goal of the analysis is to identify potential ‘gaps’ in USG degree offerings as related to workforce demand,” explained Allyson Grennille, who is managing the research team assigned to this project. She continued, “Our work will help the System ensure that its institutions are offering a programmatic mix responsive to the current – and emergent – needs of their regional labor markets.”

USG’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Houston Davis, looks forward to upcoming research opportunities.

“USG is excited to be working with Hanover to advance our research, analysis, and planning work,” he said, sharing his enthusiasm about this new partnership. “Hanover is a proven partner to higher education institutions and systems all over the U.S. Having their expertise available as we work on strategic priorities will greatly enhance our efforts to reach our degree completion, economic development, and accountability goals.” This workforce analysis will be the first of many research projects Hanover will complete for the System this year.

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Hanover Research, a global professional research services firm, provides proprietary research of every possible variety to over 400 higher education institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Services are delivered on a fixed-cost, annual basis, with member organizations receiving support on an unlimited number of sequential activities across their membership term. Areas of expertise include: market evaluation, surveying, data analysis, competitive benchmarking, and literature review. To learn more, contact Gretchen Novak at gnovak@hanoverresearch.com or call (202) 559-0045.

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College District Leverages Survey Research to Improve Disability Support Services

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WASHINGTON, DC—A survey of seventeen community college districts conducted by Hanover Research will bring Tarrant County College District (TCCD) closer to their goal: to provide support services to students with mental, physical, and learning disabilities in the most effective and efficient manner possible. At present, TCCD has five Disability Support Services offices located on each campus of the college system. TCCD also provides specific programs for developmentally challenged students who require support in their transition from codependency to independent living.

The survey uncovered trends among TCCD’s peer institutions in several areas, including (a) the location and role of Disability Services offices within institutions, (b) additional accommodations—such as note taking, alternative testing, registration assistance, seating accommodations, and assistive learning devices—that are commonly provided, (c) the use of third-party providers of interpretive or assessment services, (d) common diagnostic tools, and (d) the role of the student in the drafting of accommodations.

As a result of Hanover’s findings, Vice Chancellor Joy Gates Black recommended (a) hiring an Adaptive Technology specialist, (b) hiring a District Lead Interpreter or Coordinator of Interpreting Services, (c) purchasing software and a server to support DSS record confidentiality and processing, (d) evaluating in-house versus contracted interpretive and diagnostic services and technology.

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Hanover Research, a global research services firm, provides proprietary research of every possible variety to over 400 higher education institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Services are delivered on a fixed-cost, annual basis, with member organizations receiving support on an unlimited number of sequential activities across their membership term. Areas of expertise include: market evaluation, surveying, data analysis, competitive benchmarking, and literature review. To learn more, contact Gretchen Novak at gnovak@hanoverresearch.com or call (202) 559-0045.

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Study Shows FWCS Building Initiative Could Benefit Local Economy

This press release was written for Hanover Research.

WASHINGTON, DC—Voters in a primary election in Allen County, Indiana on Tuesday approved a $119MM bond measure to improve facilities through Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) Strong Schools’ Strong Community initiative. A recent report by Hanover Research shows that the total economic impact of the project will be a net benefit for the region.

Hanover traced the complete economic impact of project spending on the economy of Allen County. Based on a model of project expenditures over four years, the Strong Schools, Strong Community initiative would yield a total economic impact of $172 million on the local economy including business-to-business and household spending within the county. This was compared to an alternative scenario under which the $119 million in funding would instead remain with Allen County taxpayers; the economic impact of the alternative scenerio was estimated to be $159 million. By Hanover’s estimate, the Strong Schools, Strong Community initiative will yield a greater economic impact on the local economy – $13 million greater.

FWCS attempted to issue $500MM in bonds to support a similar building plan in 2007 and the measure was defeated soundly—unsurprising, as 3 out of 4 residents in the district do not have school-age children and the economic benefits of the initiative had not been assessed. This time the board broadened its focus to the greater economy and narrowed the project to renovate only the 36 buildings most in need of repair.

The demand-side economic impact assessment laid out in the study fell within the scope of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ annual membership with Hanover Research.

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Hanover Research, a membership-based organization, collaborates with over 100 local school districts, regional education agencies, and state departments of education across the U.S. The goal of Hanover is to provide additional research capacity to participating members at a fixed, annual cost. Areas of focus include: program evaluation; surveying, administration and analysis; interviews with issue experts; data analysis; competitive benchmarking; and literature reviews on both curricular and operational topics. Visit us athttp://www.hanoverresearch.com or contact Sid Phillips, 202-559-0049, sphillips@hanoverresearch.com, to learn more.

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Hanover Reconstructs the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings

This press release was written for Hanover Research.

WASHINGTON, DC—Hanover Research revealed a near-perfect reconstruction of the 2013 U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) Best Law School rankings last week. Hanover Research members now have access to a “What-If” scenario tool and related analysis, as well as access to a complete reconstruction of the 2012 rankings.

The reconstruction model allows Hanover to analyze the current position of a school in the rankings and where it stands in terms of each of the variables constituting the rankings. By examining the school’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to the ranking factors and testing various hypothetical scenarios, Hanover then recommends strategies for improvement in the rankings. In addition to this analysis, a “What-If” scenario tool is provided. This tool allows any set of values to be entered in place of the school’s current values, and then re-computes the rankings with the new values to show where it would have placed in the 2013 rankings.

graph representing the scores from U.S. News & World Report and Hanover representing the scores from U.S. News & World Report and Hanover shows that the scores align almost perfectly.

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 Hanover Research, a global research services firm, provides proprietary research of every possible variety to over 400 higher education institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Services are delivered on a fixed-cost, annual basis, with member organizations receiving support on an unlimited number of sequential activities across their membership term. Areas of expertise include: market evaluation, surveying, data analysis, competitive benchmarking, and literature review. To learn more, contact Gretchen Novak at gnovak@hanoverresearch.com or call (202) 559-0045.
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