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Robert L. Fischer, PhD, Research Associate 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 Associate 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 Leaders

MAND 422 Organizational Assessment & Program Evaluation in Nonprofit Organizations

MAND 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/

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.

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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

In The News

Plain Dealer: FitzGerald’s Pre-K Proposal

May 21 2014

JESPARA 2013 report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on the benefits of prekindergarten education was cited by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in “FitzGerald’s universal preschool proposal: What you’re saying” on May 15, 2014. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is running for Ohio Governor and announced the day before that he would be making his “Pre-K All the Way” plan for universal prekindergarten a primary policy of his campaign.

The Poverty Center report “Getting Ready for School: Piloting Universal Prekindergarten in an Urban County” in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk is cited in the story as having found “lower-achieving children attending pre-K programs in Cuyahoga County made bigger gains and exceeded expectations compared to already high-achieving children.”

“Getting Ready for School” was written by Center Co-Director Dr. Rob Fischer, former staff researcher and doctoral student Lancer Peterson, doctoral assistant Tirth Bhatta, and Center Co-Director Dr. Claudia Coulton.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

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Robert Fischer co-authors article with alumna Francisca Chaidez-Guitierrez in Journal of Community Practice

Mar 25 2014

2014 Journal of Community Practice

An article co-authored by Professor Robert Fischer and Francisca Chaidez-Guitierrez (MSSA, 2008; MNO, 2011), “Reflecting on Grantee Evaluation Accountability to Funders: Exploring Power Dynamics with Grassroots Organizations in Communities of Color,” was recently published by the Journal of Community Practice.

“Francisca did an independent study with me in her final year at the Mandel School and that became the basis for this lead article in the Journal of Community Practice. It’s a great example of how a student project can lead to publishable work,” said Dr. Fischer.

Francisca has both a Master’s of Science in Social Administration and a Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from the Mandel School and is now a fundraising consultant to grassroots organization in San Francisco, Cleveland, Oberlin, and New York City. She recalls:

“I began working on this project as an independent study in the fall of 2010. I was working as a volunteer in several grassroots organizations in the Cleveland and Oberlin communities and became observant of frustrations and concerns that were often voiced in these communities in regards to philanthropic funding and racial disparities. I had a lot of questions and, with the support of Dr. Fischer, I was able to investigate. The questions I set out with are still of great interest to fellow community servants and I hope to have the opportunity to continue answering them via community service.”

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Plain Dealer: Partnership Aims to Double Pre-K

Mar 15 2014

Plain Dealer: Cleveland partnership aims to more than double the children in preschool within two years Out of the the 5,400 four-year-olds in Cleveland, only About 1,200 attend a quality prekindergarten program, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer citing data provided by in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in “Cleveland partnership aims to more than double the children in preschool within two years” on March 11, 2014.

The Poverty Center is a technical consultant to the newly-formed Cleveland Pre-K Task Force, a partnership of more than thirty local agencies.  It’s current PRE4CLE proposal aims to place 2,000 more four-year-olds in quality preschool programs. A report released by the task force earlier in the month also used data from the Poverty Center, acknowledging Co-Director Dr. Robert Fischer and senior researcher Dr. Elizabeth Anthony for having “continually provided rigorous, timely data in a clear, concise fashion based on the Center’s remarkable CHILD database.”

The graph above and the map below used in the Plain Dealer article were created by the Center.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.
High quality sites serving 3-5 year olds in Cleveland

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