COMET began in 2008 as a way for Children’s Institute to support their work in schools performing assessments, shifting away from paper completion and duplication of effort and moving toward electronic completion and utilizing a database to track what’s been completed and what was outstanding. As more organizations adopted the system for their own data collection purposes, an LLC for COMET was formed, solidifying the partnership between Children’s Institute, a nationally-recognized not-for-profit committed to supporting the social-emotional health of children, and SophiTEC, a custom software firm with expertise in database design.
Here at COMET we’re lucky to have a not-for-profit partner who understands all the ins and outs of program evaluation. Children’s Institute (CI) evaluates their own programs regularly to make sure they’re effective and keeping up with best practices. They also work with many organizations in the Rochester community as an independent evaluator for their programs. Many of those organizations are also COMET customers, utilizing our system to collect the data used in their evaluations.
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:
The past few months have been busy for COMET with lots of new faces, new places and new projects. One of the highlights was our presentation to the Adirondack Foundation's Birth to Three (BT3) Alliance at their annual meeting back in May. We gave an overview of our project with Chemung County and Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Developmental Services (CIDS) as they work to create a database of the children in their county beginning as soon as they’re born with a newborn registration completed at the local hospital.
Guess what happened on June 26, 1974? The first product with a bar code was scanned at a check-out counter, it was a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Patented in 1952, the barcode took about 50 years to become commercially viable, including advances in standardized formats and scanner systems, and boy has barcode scanning sped up getting our groceries, library books and clothes home, safe and sound.
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.
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