This past Saturday I had the opportunity to be part of the Glasses for Kids Program offered by the Flaum Eye Institute and work with them on a trial phase use of the COMET database. I went into the morning not knowing what to expect; my only understanding of the program was the notes that I had taken at our monthly meetings and the setup that we'd done internally for their database. I must say, I was completely blown away! The program was a well-oiled machine, from the in-take services to the vision screening, ultimately resulting in children being fitted for their own pair of glasses.
As a new year approaches, it's a good time to reflect and plan. We asked COMET staff what they hope to accomplish in 2018. We asked for big, lofty goals, or small things like 'keep my email inbox organized'. Here's what they said:
COMET security is a critical component of our services – providing continuous system access while protecting customer data. The most stringent technologies, protocols and practices are used in our product development. This blog post focuses on login authentication.
There is nothing quite like springtime in upstate New York.
It’s mid-April, the sun is shining, the grass is greening and the flowers are budding. It is a time where people are filled with energy to “get out there” and confront obstacles and make the changes they know they need to do. It’s the Season of Renewal.
You know who you are. You may be a small but expanding organization, using the original way you developed to track data for your business. You may be a medium-size nonprofit that has been awarded a grant that now needs a way to regularly provide outcome reports. You may be a large organization that has access to tracking software at a national level, but it doesn’t track what you need, so you found a way to do it. Often, that way is Microsoft Excel. And it is making you tired.
How can you determine the most effective approach to provide kids support for their specific needs?
Education professionals understand that immediate assessment of evidence-based programs is the key to delivering quality outcomes. Student pre and post assessment is one of the key tools in education. Student screening is a critical step for early identification of children who are at-risk. Screening intervention starts with identification; with accurate screening data you are able to identify those children who need additional help. Immediate feedback allows you to adapt your approach and develop timely plans and interventions. An effective screening program uses timely feedback to inform global policies implemented at all levels of your organization or district. Individual pre-post assessments support instructional adaptations and adjustments. Pre-post assessments also evaluate which programs work best for which groups.
What’s the most important step to any evaluation? Data collection? Choosing a system? Hiring the right evaluator? No, no, and no. The most important step is defining your question, and the more specific you can be, the better.
The COMET Team has worked hard to release many new features this year.
The COMET Team has spent many years developing our system with all the features and functions it needs to support the use of data to improve outcomes. In the last year, in particular, we have rolled out a long list of features requested by our customers.
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