Action Research News

Here you will find information on recent projects, achievements, conferences attended, and other developments at Action Research. Be sure to check back frequently so you don’t miss a thing!


Action Research Attended the Bronx Community Consortium Meeting

Luke Gerber and Erica Pang attended the Service Planning Area (SPA) 5 Neighborhood Network Bronx Community Consortium meeting on November 16, 2017.  Luke presented to community programs and service providers in the Bronx area about the Parent Legal Representation Study and how organizations can help to recruit parents for interviews.  Other organizations presented on resources and services they provide to children and families in the Bronx, as well as tools available for service providers.  We appreciated the opportunity to meet various service providers in the Bronx, and to share information about the study with service providers that might be interested in the opportunity.  For more information on the Parent Legal Representation Study, visit


Action Research Hires Two New Researchers

Action Research welcomes Dr. Mia Steinberg and Dr. Yuk (Erica) Pang.  Drs. Steinberg and Pang hail from California and Iowa respectively.  To learn more about their backgrounds, please see the About page.


Action Research Moves to New Office

Action Research moved to 128 32nd Street in Brooklyn at the end of August 2017.  Located in a former factory, the new offices have more space, upgraded technology, greater privacy, and options for growth.  We are fortunate to work now in one of Lonely Planet’s ten most interesting neighborhoods to visit in the world. The Sunset Park area is a diverse neighborhood with a remarkable mix of cultures and communities, and with a dynamic waterfront commercial development called Industry City.  We look forward to welcoming visitors.


Action Research Mourns Heather Heyer

Action Research mourns the death of Heather Heyer of Charlottesville, Virginia.  We did not know Ms. Heyer, but we admire her courage protesting voices of hatred, discrimination, and bigotry.  As an organization that strives to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families, we see the impact of discrimination, condescension, and bias every day on families of color, immigrants, and other targets of extremists.  It is our obligation to explicitly reject the violence and hatred expressed by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and anti-Semites.  We hope that the senseless tragedy of Heather Heyer’s death prompts a renewed commitment to work for respect and equal treatment for all.


New York City Foster Care Directors meeting presentation

At a meeting hosted by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) at John Jay College on March 7, 2017, Tim Ross presented work from the Home Away From Home project, which aims to improve the recruitment, training, support, and retention of foster parents in New York City.  Newly appointed ACS Commissioner David Hansell attended the event.  For more information about Home Away From Home, click here.


Action Research presents on older youth

At the Alternatives to APPLA: Achieving Permanency for Older Youth conference co-hosted by the New York State Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and Casey Family Programs in Syracuse, NY on September 26, 2016, Tim Ross presented “Older Youth: A Data Driven Approach to Permanency & Well-Being”.


Paving the Way to Healing and Recovery Conference 2016

Oliver Ponce attended the second annual Paving the Way to Healing and Recovery: Conversations with Young Men of Color Who Survive Violence conference hosted by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and Common Justice. The conference, held on April 25, 2016 at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School, focused on what works for young men of color who have been harmed by violence. Topics discussed included visions for what victim services for young men of color should look like, innovative strategies to reduce gun violence and treat trauma, healthy conceptions of manhood and masculinity, and treating violence as a health issue.


NDACAN Summer Research Institute 2016

Luke Gerber attended the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) Summer Research Institute from June 13-17, 2016.  NDACAN sponsors the Summer Research Institute as an online distance learning experience in the secondary analysis of child abuse and neglect data.  Participants are selected in a national competition and represent a wide variety of disciplines (e.g. social work, psychology, sociology, medicine, public health, nursing) from across the United States.  At the institute, Luke utilized federal data and statistical modeling to assess the effects of parent legal representation programs over the last decade.


Action Research Presentation at The City College of New York

In April, Gloria Vidal and Luke Gerber were invited to give a presentation at The City College of New York to students taking a course on community health assessments. On May 17th, 2016 Luke and Gloria presented to an undergraduate class of seventy second-year BS/MD students. Their presentation, titled “Enacting Effective Programs in Child Welfare: Weaving Mixed Methods Research, Policy Analysis, and Actionable Evaluation” focused on Action Research’s approach to using qualitative and quantitative data to inform program design, implementation, and evaluation and to make policy and practice recommendations.


Office for Victims of Crime’s Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Award Recipient Meeting

In April, Gloria traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent Action Research at the Office of Victims of Crime’s (OVC) Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Phase 1 Planning Meeting. Action Research is the external evaluator for Safe Horizon’s demonstration project to increase capacity to provide culturally-competent and trauma-informed services to young men of color who have experienced violence. Program and evaluation staff  from each of the twelve demonstration sites attended the two-day conference.  Award recipients met with staff at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and OVC to discuss the planning phase of this three-year initiative.


American Sociological Association 2016 Annual Meeting

Luke Gerber presented a poster at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting in Seattle on August 22, 2016.  At the conference, Luke discussed his master’s thesis research with fellow sociologists and displayed an interactive digital poster on his findings.  He also attended panel discussions on social movements for racial justice, the “Fight for $15” in Seattle, administrative data in the social sciences, the changing role of labor unions, and national healthcare reform, among other topics.