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Project Name: Global Hearts Initiative Costing Tool Focus Area(s): Economic Empowerment
Health & Wellness
Client: CDC
Project Goal:

RTI International has developed a Microsoft Excel-based costing tool for the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Hearts Initiative- a program that aims to improve the primary health care of noncommunicable diseases by controlling cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Health departments in countries implementing the Global Hearts program can use the costing tool to provide patients with estimates of the cost treatment. This package leads to better decision making for patients and economic value created through its treatment.

Project Name: On the Commercialization Path Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Among Women in STEM Focus Area(s): Economic Empowerment
Client: National Women’s Business Council
Project Goal:

The role of scientific innovation is noted widely in policies targeting economic growth in the U.S., and strategies concentrated on innovation are highly focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, which hold high potential for economic gains and growth from the commercialization of innovations. However, the effectiveness of policy to promote scientific innovation and economic growth relies on the broad participation of both men and women in all key steps on the path to commercialization; in STEM, the path begins with education and training in STEM fields and continues through STEM entrepreneurship and the development of the intellectual property. Despite the importance of participation across genders, evidence suggests that a gap exists between men and women in their engagement in STEM activities through their educational and professional careers. This report, prepared by RTI International for the National Women in Business Bureau, presents an examination of innovation among women in STEM fields by identifying gaps in their entrepreneurial outcomes and highlighting future opportunities for policy improvements.

Project Name: Sexual Assault of Students with Disabilities on College Campuses Focus Area(s): Ending Gender Violence
Client: National Council on Disability
Project Goal:

Little research has been done to evaluate the campus climate of sexual assault for students with disabilities. In partnership with the National Council of Disability, RTI International helped to investigate current policies, programming, and barriers for students with disabilities in regards to a sexaul assault. The results of the research will provide recommendations for colleges and federeal agencies to create better policies and procedures for students on campus with disabilities who may have to with this issue on campus.

Project Name: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program Focus Area(s): Ending Gender Violence
Health & Wellness
Client: Family & Youth Services Bureau
Project Goal:

To prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents, RTI International and the Family & Youth Services Bureau use the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program to implement sexual risk avoidance education to teach participants how to refrain from pre-marital sexual activity. By using effective strategies on how to avoid risk, SRAE builds healthy life skills, prevents pregnancy and STIs, and empowers adolescents to make successful life decisions.

Project Name: USAID Local Solutions Focus Area(s): Economic Empowerment
Client: USAID

Project Goal:

In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), RTI Internation uses research to assess the developmental challenges faced in Laos and customizes resources and assistance programs to create solutions for the development of Laos institutions, services, and skill development in areas such as gender and inclusion, financial management, and strategic planning. The project aims to sustain and improve human resources, create collaboration among civil society institutions across sectors, and increased connectivity of local services of support.

Project Name: Newborn Heart Rate as a Catalyst for Improved Survival Focus Area(s): Health & Wellness
Client: American Academy of Pediatrics

Project Goal:

Understanding heart rate during newborn resuscitation in low and lower-middle income countries, can lead to appropriate medical treatment and increased life expectancy. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a standard algorithm used to care for newborns who need resuscitation in low-income areas. Through NeoBeat, a battery-operated device used to measure newborn heart rate, newborns can have their heart rate displayed digitally within 5 seconds. This project will show the effectiveness of using both HBB and Neobeat to reduce stillbirths and generating heart rate guided breathing for 3 minutes. As a result, this project will attempt to reduce the stillbirth rate for these locations.

Project Name: Newborn Screening Disorder Review Focus Area(s): Health & Wellness
Project Goal:

The Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC) has developed a thorough and rigorous evidence review process to evaluate disorders that are nominated for addition to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. The Florida Department of Health contracted with RTI International to develop a similar framework for the addition of conditions to the state’s mandated screening panel and to apply this framework to new conditions under consideration by the Florida Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council (GNSAC) for the potential recommendation for addition to the state’s mandated panel.

Project Name: Drone Use to Transport Newborn Screening Specimens Focus Area(s): Health & Wellness
Project Goal:

In order for newborns to be identified with a disorder that affects them, newborn screening specimens (NBS) must be transported quickly to and from collection sites to the screening laboratory. To prevent the problem of delays, there may be a potential solution in using unmanned aerial systems, or drones, to deliver specimens. RTI International was tasked with reviewing challenges that occur with drone use such as flight distance, time, and pilot training and developing models to ensure a timely response.

Project Name: Rwanda Private Sector Drive Agricultural Growth Focus Area(s): Economic Empowerment
Client: USAID
Project Goal:

With 20% of Rwandan youth being unemployed, Feed the Future-funded USAID/Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG) program partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) to launch a one-year paid internship program for youth in the agriculture sector. Through the program, young graduates with degrees and diplomas in agronomy, finance, food processing, and other relevant areas have been placed among 12 small agri-businesses and 48 cooperatives to complete their internships. RTI International is tasked with placing graduates in businesses and cooperatives that will lead them to full-time employment by helping to develop their professional skills and networking throughout the project.

Project Name: Room to Read Benchmarking Focus Area(s): Educating Girls & Women
Client: Room to Read
Project Goal:

RTI International and Room to Read created the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) to measure the reading performance levels in early grade readers globally to track improvements needed to education systems. These benchmarks give policymakers goals to better school systems which in turn empower students to pursue their education.

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