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Robert L. Fischer, PhD

Research Professor


PhD, Vanderbilt University
MPP, Vanderbilt University
AB, Duke University

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
216/368-2711
fischer@case.edu

About

Robert L. Fischer is a Research Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. He is also Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS, and leads the Center’s efforts in regard to evaluation research. Dr. Fischer leads a range of evaluation research studies and teaches evaluation methods to students in social science administration and nonprofit management. Since 2001 he has led the Center’s research on Invest in Children, a county-wide early childhood initiative that includes home visiting, children’s health, and childcare components.Dr. Fischer is also faculty director of the Masters of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree program at MSASS.
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Course List

MAND 410 Quantitative Analysis for Nonprofit LeadersMAND 422 Organizational Assessment & Program Evaluation in Nonprofit OrganizationsMAND 444 Program Design for Nonprofit Organizations

Affiliations

Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development — http://povertycenter.case.edu
Program Faculty, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations — www.case.edu/mandelcenter/
Board President, Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group — www.opeg.org
Faculty Associate, Schubert Center for Child Studies — www.case.edu/artsci/schubert/

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

mandel center webRobert L. Fischer, Ph.D is Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.. | Read More |


Recent Publications

Collins, C. C., Fischer, R. L., & Lalich, N. (in press). Enhancing child care for children with special needs through technical assistance. The Journal of Family Strengths. Accepted December 2013.

Small, M., Fischer, R. L., Berner, L., & Cooper-Lewter, S. (2014). Support for Sister-affiliated ministries during challenging times: Understanding a foundation initiative in two regions. Foundation Review, 5(4), 14-25.

Chaidez-Gutierrez, F., & Fischer, R. L. (2013). Reflecting on grantee accountability to funders: Exploring power dynamics with grassroots organizations in communities of color. Journal of Community Practice, 21. 304-326.

Roudebush, M. M., Fischer, R. L., & Brudney, J. L. (2013). Adding assets to needs:  Creating a community data landscape. Journal for Nonprofit Management, 15(2), 5-18.

Chelimsky, T. C, Fischer, R. L., Levin, J., Cheren, M., Marsh, S., & Janata, J. (2013). The Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP): Outcomes of a model for community-based training and support. Clinical Journal of Pain. Publication ahead of print at The Clinical Journal of Pain.

Fischer, R. L., Peterson, L., Bhatta, T. R., & Coulton, C. (2013). Getting ready for school: Piloting universal pre-kindergarten in an urban county. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 18(2), 128-140.

Fischer, R. L., & Murphy, M. A, (2013). The harvest of ministry: Exploring the ministry of women religious in Cleveland. Journal of Religion and Society, 15,1-15.

Recent Presentations

Fischer, R. L., Brudney, J., & Roudebush, M. (2013). Expectations and experience:  The adoption and use of community data systems. Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Hartford, CT. November.

Foreman, K., Fischer, R., Greenberg, S., & Berges, M. (2013) Deep Green and Healthy Homes- Occupant Interview Study: The role of occupant behavior in achieving energy reductions and improved indoor air quality in affordable housing. Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Cleveland, OH. November.

Fischer, R. L. (2013). Upfront evaluation planning. Swanston Fund Innovations Conference. Youngstown, OH. November.

Fischer, R. L., & Coulton, C. (2013). Using integrated data to assess and monitor a community initiative on child well-being. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC. October.

Fischer, R. L., Coulton, C., & Kim, S. J. (2013). How partnerships with higher education help your state agency use early childhood data for decision-making. Invited presentation. Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference. Washington, DC. September.

Fischer, R. L., & Staib, R. O. (2013). Addressing early childhood mental health needs: Outcomes from Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare. Cleveland, OH. March.

Dorman, R., & Fischer, R. L. (2013). Invest in Children: A community update. Philanthropy Ohio. Cleveland, OH. March.

Fischer, R. L. (2013). Using socio-economic data to inform health policy and practice. Invited talk. Center for Health Care Research & Policy, MetroHealth Medical Center. February.

Dorman, R., & Fischer, R. L. (2013). Early childhood services and Invest in Children. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Cleveland, OH. January.


In the News


Plain Dealer Article Highlights CWRU Study on the Negative Effects of Poor Housing on Kindergarten Readiness

Apr 25 2016

Abandoned Home in Cleveland croppedClaudia Coulton, co-director of the Poverty Center, was interviewed for “Bad housing—not just due to lead poisoning—tied to lower kindergarten test scores,” an article by The Plain Dealer featuring the Poverty Center’s recent study as a part of their series Toxic Neglect.

In the report Leveraging Integrated Data Systems to Examine the Effect of Housing and Neighborhood Conditions on Kindergarten Readiness, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Richter, Seok Joo Kim, Robert Fischer, and Youngmin Cho examine the effects of housing deterioration on elevated lead levels and kindergarten readiness.

Cleveland_Plain_Dealer_logo“The Case study points to the need for community leaders to pay closer attention to early warning signs that children are living in distressed housing,” Coulton said.  She suggested the city could integrate its data concerning high lead risk houses with other organizations’ data on indicators of housing deterioration to create an “early warning system” to monitor properties posing a high risk for children.

Nonprofit Quarterly also commented on the Plain Dealer story in a feature as well as the Poverty Center report.

To read more about the study, click here. The report brief is available here.

Click here for recent news from the Poverty Center about lead poisoning in children.


Pathway to Proficiency Report Published by the OERC

Apr 18 2016

Pathway to Proficiency Report mapThe Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) recently released Investigating the Pathway to Proficiency from Birth Through 3rd Grade, a report examining the impact of early childhood risk factors on kindergarten readiness and third grade reading proficiency. This study was conducted by Claudia Coulton, PhD and Robert Fischer, PhD, co-directors of the Poverty Center.

This large-scale study used an integrated data system (IDS) to combine data from three different data sources. They used county-level individual data from the ChildHood Integrated Longitudinal Data (CHILD) System, state-level individual data from the Education Management Information System (EMIS), and neighborhood-level data from the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO).

Pathway to Proficiency Report IDS approach graphic

Connecting these different data types provided a more comprehensive picture of the interactions of different risk factors, and allowed the researchers to investigate the connection between neighborhood poverty level and academic success.

 

Dr. Robert Fischer was previously interviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer about this report and its implications.

Click here to read the press release from the OERC. To read the full report, click here.


Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School

Apr 15 2016

Research ShowCASEOn April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers

Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold):

1. Cyleste Collins, Rong Bai, David Crampton, Rob Fischer: “Partnering for Family Success Process Evaluation”

2. Dalhee Yoon, Paul Tuschman, Mark, I. Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Michael C. Gearhart: “Case Study: Staff Perspectives on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts Serving Opioid-Addicted Clients”

3. Dalhee Yoon, David S. Crampton, Susan Yoon, Sarah K. Bearman: “Assessing the Impact of Family Participation on Team Decisionmaking”

4. David Crampton, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Rob Fischer: “Integrated Data System Analysis for the Design of a Pay-for-Success Intervention in Foster Care”

5. Aviva Vincent, David L. Hussey, Michelle Riske-Morris: “Reversing the Pipeline: Examining the Need for Transition Planning from Prison to the Community”

6. Michael C. Gearhart, Daniel J. Flannery, Mark I. Singer, Jeff Kretschmar, Fred Butcher: “Predictors of Functioning in a Juvenile Justice Diversion Program: ADHD, Mental Health, and Trauma”

7. Robert Fischer, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich, Marci Blue, Tsui Chan: “Childhood Lead Exposure in the City of Cleveland: Why Point-in-Time Estimates Aren’t Enough”

8. Seungjong Cho, Sun Kyung Kim: “Adjustment Problems of Female Spouses of International Students: Theoretical Frameworks” (Oral Presentation)

9. Weidi Qin: “Patterns of Diabetes Among Asian Americans”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan):

1. Chelsea Smith: “The Causes and Treatments for Eating Disorders: A literature Review”

2. Amy Wang: “The relationship between socioeconomic status and other demographic factors and dental health behavior”

3. Feifei Deng: “Oral Health and Its Impact on General Health: A Literature Review of Society’s Response”

4. Isabelle Haney: “Mental Health Prevalence, Stigma, and Resources among College Students”

5. Amarinder Syan: “The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity in the United States”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Megan Holmes):

1. Michaela Epperson: “Beliefs, Resiliency, and Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur: “Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: Seeking Expert Opinions”

MSSA Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur:

“Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: A Targeted Literature Review”