Research Supports Ambitious Goals for New Mexico Academics

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WASHINGTON, DC—Santa Fe Public Schools has an ambitious goal to meet. The district will have to achieve at least a C-rating and graduate at least 70 percent of their students by 2015 in order to reach the targets laid out in their new strategic plan called “Choose Success.” The school district has partnered with Hanover Research to support this effort.

“Hanover has provided a wonderful resource for Santa Fe Public Schools in that our Public Education Department does not have a research department for districts to rely on for the most current research,” said Bobbie Gutierrez, Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools.

The five high level goals for the district include raising expectations to promote high academic performance at all district schools; recruiting and supporting highly qualified and effective personnel at every level and function; developing a culture of shared responsibility for student success by engaging families and the community; promoting a safe, sustainable, healthy and respectful school community; and ensuring that efficient and effective systems, operations, state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure are in place to support instruction and student learning.

“Hanover’s research will be extremely valuable to us as we create alternative programs, roll out the Common Core curriculum, develop comprehensive parent-involvement programs and much more,” said Gutierrez.

The full “Choose Success” strategic plan is laid out in a 50-page document available on the district website and here.

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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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Jumpstart Program to Open New Locations in 2012

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WASHINGTON, DC—Jumpstart’s early education services will reach a wider audience in 2012 with the opening of new locations. The expansion will help further Jumpstart’s mission to help every child in America enter Kindergarten with the foundational reading and writing skills they need to succeed. The organization is working with Hanover Research to identify the communities where their services are in highest demand. Once the new locations are identified, Hanover Grants will identify local funders to support these new programs.

Around half of all children from low-income neighborhoods start first grade up to two years behind their peers. Statistics show that students who are still behind in third grade are at a greater risk of dropping out altogether. The expansion of Jumpstart will play a vital role in helping low-income and other in-need students in more communities start school prepared.

“Hanover offered the ability to combine significant grants information together with more bespoke work from their research arm in order to narrow down possible markets and then conduct detailed analyses,” said Paul Leech, Chief Operating Officer at Jumpstart. “The strategic new market analyses we asked Hanover to undertake required an understanding of both our business model and our strategy. Hanover quickly grasped exactly what we were looking for and delivered high quality research that exceeded our expectations. I have been impressed with how invested Hanover is in the work they have done for us; it feels like a true partnership.”

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Hanover Grants provides comprehensive grants support to non-profit organizations, public school districts, higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, hospitals, and municipalities. All services are delivered on a fixed-cost, membership basis, with members receiving support on an unlimited number of sequential activities across the membership term. Areas of focus include: research-based grants prospecting; program development consultation; grant proposal development; and ongoing opportunity identification. To learn more, visit http://www.hanovergrants.com and contact Mike Littlefield, mlittlefield@hanovergrants.com.

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Hanover Reconstructs the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings

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WASHINGTON, DC—Hanover Research recently revealed a reconstruction of the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Law School rankings. Hanover Research members now have access to the model and related analysis.

The model can be used to test various hypothetical scenarios, re-computing the rankings each time; for example, Hanover can tell a school where they would have ranked if their average LSAT score had been five points higher than it actually was, ceteris paribus. The model can also tell a school whether they are near the top or bottom of their tier and how much they need to improve in order to move to the next tier up—or how close they are to dropping to the next tier down. The model will also be of use to law schools in the lower level of the rankings, as U.S. News & World Report only publishes complete rankings data for the top 145 law schools.

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. Only three ranked schools had overall scores in the Hanover model that differed from the U.S. News & World Report score by more than one point; these differences are probably due to differences in the cost of living adjustments used in Hanover’s reconstruction versus those used by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to the official U.S. News & World Report methodology, Hanover’s reproduction of the rankings draws heavily on the work of two law school professors who previously attempted similar reconstructions. Theodore P. Seto at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles reconstructed the 2007 rankings and published a detailed description of the methodology he used, clarifying many otherwise undisclosed details of the U.S. News & World Report methodology. Tom W. Bell at Chapman University has also attempted similar reconstructions each year since 2005 (reconstructing the 2006 rankings), and has published some details of his efforts on his blog.

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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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Hanover Research Examines Effect of “Made In China” on Premium Brands

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WASHINGTON, DC—Hanover Research examined the quality of products made in China and the perceptions that affect the impact of the “Made in China” label on premium brands. Many premium brands, including Apple, are currently being produced in China. Hanover found that both industry professionals and consumers perceive Chinese-made product negatively, and confirmed that for the most part product-quality does indeed suffer.

66 percent of business and marketing professionals surveyed said that the “Made in China” label hurts brands; the most common attribute assigned to Chinese-made products by these respondents was “cheap”. Notwithstanding the reality that country-of-origin has had no perceivable effect on many brands, the purveyors of these brands sometimes go to great lengths to conceal their connection to Chinese manufacturing.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Hanover shows that despite this negative perception, Chinese exports, particularly within the manufacturing industry, have not declined. In fact, China’s share of imports into the U.S. has increased significantly in the past decade and several Chinese brands have made considerable value gains in recent years.

Hanover’s research confirmed the widely-held belief that many products made in China still suffer from poor quality. Still, many industry experts insist that manufacturing quality is attainable with time and effort dedicated to finding and nurturing relationships with high quality Chinese manufacturers and suppliers.

To learn more about the results and methodology of this report, contact Mike Dennis: mdennis@hanoverresearch.com.

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Hanover Research, a global research firm, provides proprietary market research of every possible variety to businesses in over a dozen industries. Areas of expertise include: survey design, administration and analysis; interviews with issue experts; market evaluations; quantitative and qualitative analysis; and, competitive benchmarking. Visit us at http://www.hanoverresearch.com.

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Research Uncovers Potential of Regional Service Sharing

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WASHINGTON, DC—In a recent report for Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center (ESC), Hanover Research explores the potential of regional shared services as a method of reducing costs and increasing service quality. Hanover examined the structure and outcomes of regional shared service arrangements, including relevant survey and operational data, profiles of regional shared service organizations, and examples of ad hoc shared service arrangements.

“The Shared Service report was a critical source of research used in planning and preparing a grant proposal for a regional shared service model. Regardless of grant funding, the ESC will utilize the information from Hanover in internal capacity building and planning for shared services,” said Jennifer Dodd, Coordinator of Research and Planning for the Cuyahoga ESC. “The report has been beneficial to the Cuyahoga County ESC in providing information on practices and key factors in developing regional shared service models.”

“This is a conversation taking place in every region in the country,” added Hanover Managing Director Sid Phillips. “As budget shortfalls continue, states will need to collaborate with regional education agencies to provide guidance to local districts on how to navigate these troubling times. It’s also very telling when the discussion of ‘shared services’ is a featured topic at the national AESA conference held just a few weeks ago.”

The full report, entitled “Regional Service Sharing: Benchmarks and Examples,” is available to Hanover Research members in the Member Library.

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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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The Council of Chief School State Officers to Collaborate with Hanover on New Initiatives

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WASHINGTON, DC—The Hanover Companies announced today that The Council of Chief School State Officers (CCSSO) has joined Hanover Research.

Regarding the new collaboration with Hanover, Bob Olsen, CCSSO Program Director, said, “[We] contracted with Hanover to provide a foundational capacity to conduct secondary literature review research to challenge or confirm thinking and plans around various initiatives within the Council. We specifically planned our first experience with Hanover to be targeted for our system of collaboratives serving career service professionals from state departments of education. These fourteen groups, involving nearly 600 people from more than 40 states, take up policy and pragmatic issues around assessment, student standards, and instruction, in areas such as English language learners, science, technical issues in large scale assessments, etc.”

Hanover Managing Director Sid Phillips added, “We’re excited to work with CCSSO to provide additional research capacity around a variety of state initiatives. CCSSO represents a significant step in Hanover’s growth within K-12 education—Hanover has become a proven resource with district, regional and state organizations and it is very important for us to understand how our model and approach to research can be integrated at the national level. We are privileged that Bob foresees many potential benefits in our new partnership.”

Over the course of the membership, Hanover will support CSSO’s efforts in various areas of elementary education. “We look for Hanover to provide foundational information with which these collaborative groups can find the compass points for work to help them best support the policies and initiatives of their state’s public education,” Olsen said.

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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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Fifteenth Australian University Joins Hanover Research

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WASHINGTON, DC—Hanover Research announced a new partnership with Flinders University, the 15th higher education institution to join its membership from Australia since Australian Catholic University first entered in 2007.

“Our researchers have a unique strength in their knowledge of international markets,” said Jessie Prentice, Director of Hanover Research. “Our Australian members value Hanover’s ability to conduct research uniquely relevant to them while providing insight into higher education across the globe.” Prentice expects international growth to continue. “Hanover is proving to be a key partner for the international universities most affected by globalization.”

David De Bellis, Head of the Planning Services United at Flinders, uses Hanover to build on internal research capacity. “Institutional research projects that had proven difficult to complete internally due to limited capacity have been completed efficiently and to an extremely high standard. Hanover added significant understanding, knowledge, and value.”

Thus far, Hanover has performed qualitative survey analysis for Flinders in addition to research focused on organizational benchmarking. De Bellis looks forward to continued success.

“The University has a number of important and exciting projects up for consideration and looks forward to continuing the positive trend with Hanover. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hanover to other higher education institutions.”

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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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