McNary Group Sample Project List – What can we help your organization with this year?

  • Metro United Way was recently awarded a two-year grant from United Way Worldwide to conduct a Landscape Analysis of Human Trafficking in Louisville. McNary Group was contracted to convene a Steering Committee, co-design a research study with the Steering Committee, implement the research, and produce a community-level report. This project will wrap up in 2021.
  • The Louisville/Jefferson County Continuum of Care (CoC) was selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The McNary Group was hired to design and facilitate and draft the plan and coordinate the federal HUD review process of Louisville Kentucky’s Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness. https://bit.ly/2HD86yB
  • McNary Group led a collaborative effort for the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky to improve well-being in Appalachia that included developing a guiding document that highlights the community needs, vision for change, and the outcome of investments in the Appalachian region. The final report, “Findings and Recommendations on an Appalachian Community Indicators Project for the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky,” was completed in 2018.
  • McNary Group conducted a strategic planning process for the relaunch of the decades-old Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition. This included an organizational renaming and a transition plan.
  • The Indiana Commission on Children hired McNary Group through the Indiana Youth Institute to lead the state-level commission through a strategic plan update. We worked with several workgroups and the full commission for the adoption of the plan.
  • The Education Foundation of America (EFA) contracted with the McNary Group to conduct a report entitled Opportunities to Further the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Movement in Central Appalachia: Landscape Assessment with Regional Leaders. Over six months, the McNary Group worked with regional stakeholders to lift the barriers and strengths.

  • Louisville’s Coalition Supporting Young Adults hired the McNary Group to complete a fiscal mapping project for the city’s largest service providers for young people not in school or working. The fiscal mapping project will be released this fall and included the development of a custom tool for data collection. We conducted over twenty interviews about organizational financial information and led a national review of similar projects.
  • The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness’ Wellness’ Center for Health Equity recently contracted with the McNary Group to complete a health equity report for the KY AARP. The health equity report for people ages 50+ will be completed fall of 2021.
  • Catapult Now contracted with McNary Group to complete a salary compensation study for several positions in the nine Department for Community Based Service regions in Kentucky. We gathered and analyzed publicly available data and conducted primary data collection from a survey and key informant interviews to gather comprehensive salary comparison data to inform hiring at the state level.
  • McNary Group project managed and assisted in the design of a new family preservation project for Family Time, Inc, located in southern Indiana. Our efforts resulted in the launch of a new line of services for the most vulnerable families working towards keeping children with birth families.
  • University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) hired McNary Group to train staff on strategic planning and developed a toolkit for staff to use with clients across Kentucky.
  • Community Coordinated Child Care (4C’s4C’s) in Louisville retained McNary Group to design and implement a recruitment and hiring initiative for their new federal HeadStart project. We assisted in the hiring of early childhood educators.
  • In February 2019, the Center for Neighborhoods in Louisville commissioned original research and analysis by the McNary Group to explore what is needed to enhance Louisville’s current community development ecosystem and the factors that impact the functioning and success of neighborhood-based CDCs in Louisville. The report entitled From the Ground-up: Supporting A Neighborhood-Based Community Development Ecosystem For Louisville included interviews with Louisville stakeholders, interviews with peer cities, and available data. https://bit.ly/3ea9vIP

  • The Children’s Justice Act Task Force contracted with the McNary Group to study Kentucky’s opioid epidemic related to women of childbearing age and their newborn children. The study examined hospital policies for maternal drug screening, gathered info on the practical applications of the policies, and provided an exploratory study to take the pulse of what is happening in Kentucky. The report entitled “Kentucky Hospital Responses to Prenatal Substance Exposure” was released in 2019.
  • McNary Group and Wildflower Consulting partnered to conduct a “Study of Developmental Screener Use in West Louisville.” This project was contracted through Metro United Way and funded by the Humana Foundation. https://bit.ly/35OM0AX

  • Using survey data collected by and other information provided by the Forum for Youth Investment, McNary Group developed a 2015 Ready by 21 State Survey report. https://bit.ly/3oGyWWX

  • Louisville Metro Government releases a report on implementing new policies to prevent child abuse by employees. The McNary Group sent the city their four recommendations and identified best practices for youth programming involving city employees. The recommendations included a stronger enterprise policy, more training, additional education, and a detailed code of conduct. https://bit.ly/2TzdQf5