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APPRISE is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to collecting and analyzing data and information to assess and improve public programs. Our current research includes work for federal and state governments, agencies, utility companies, and nonprofit organizations.

APPRISE conducts a wide variety of research activities to provide program administrators and stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of program design, operations, and impact. This research leads to informed recommendations for program improvement.

What We Do


APPRISE research focuses on programs that provide bill payment assistance, energy education, and energy efficiency services to low-income households; and programs that provide incentives for undertaking energy efficiency projects to residential, commercial, and industrial utility customers. The goals of bill payment assistance programs are to improve energy affordability and reduce the problems that are associated with high energy bills. The goals of usage reduction programs are to increase knowledge of energy-saving behaviors, improve energy practices, improve the energy efficiency of the home, reduce energy usage, and improve customer health and safety. The goals of other residential, commercial, and industrial energy programs are to reduce energy usage and transform the market for energy efficient products.

APPRISE News

May 7, 2014

Jacqueline Berger awarded the 2014 ACI Woman of the Year Award
The ACI Women in Home Performance initiative aims to address challenges, remove barriers, and promote opportunities for women in the traditionally male-populated home performance and weatherization industries.

In 2013, ACI Women in Home Performance established the Woman of the Year Award. This award recognizes exceptional women whose passion, leadership, and initiative are advancing the role of women in the home performance and weatherization industries and who serve as an inspiration to others.

The recipient of the 2014 ACI Woman of the Year award is Jacqueline Berger, the President of APPRISE. This award was presented to Dr. Berger at the 2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference in Detroit, MI on April 30, 2014.

  • 2014 Woman of the Year Award

  • Jackie Berger

    March 10, 2014

    APPRISE Participates in the 2014 MIT Student/Alumni Externship Program

    During the month of January, APPRISE participated in the MIT Student/Alumni Externship Program. This program connects current MIT students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP).

    Matthew Monheit, a senior majoring in Environmental Engineering, spent the month of January at APPRISE. Matthew's work focused on two aspects of the NJ Comfort Partners Program Evaluation.

    One task that Matthew contributed to was the analysis of data obtained from onsite observation of delivery of the energy efficiency program services. Matthew developed statistical programs to assess the quality of the work conducted in the observed homes. The other task that Matthew contributed to was research on algorithms used to predict savings from the installation of energy efficiency measures.

    During his time at APPRISE, Matthew also participated in educational activities including APPRISE's monthly Lunch and Learn and a webinar on the smart grid and energy usage behavior. Matthew was introduced to the field of energy research, he developed new programming skills, and he learned about research and evaluation techniques.

    Matthew Monheit

    October 24, 2013

    Women in Home Performance Spotlight: Interview with Jacqueline Berger, Ph.D., President of APPRISE
    ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.) is the leading educational resource for the home performance industry. ACI's Women in Home Performance initiative aims to address challenges, remove barriers, and promote opportunities for women in the traditionally male populated home performance and weatherization industry. The ACI's Women in Home Performance spotlight series celebrates the achievements of women who have blazed trails in building science, energy efficiency, and beyond.

    Jacqueline Berger, the President of APPRISE, was recently interviewed about her experiences and achievements in the field of energy efficiency research.

  • Women in Home Performance Spotlight
  • August 28, 2013

    APPRISE Participates in Princeton University’s 2013 Princeternship Program
    The Princeternship Program is a career exploration program that offers Princeton undergraduates the unique opportunity to start investigating a career field of interest and make professional connections by spending time with alumni in their workplaces. APPRISE has been participating in the Princeternship Program since 2010.

    Read our 2011, 2012 and 2013 participants’ blogs about their experiences at APPRISE:

    June 21, 2012

    David Carroll Awarded Sister Pat Kelley Achievement Award
    New Orleans, Louisiana, was the host city for the 2012 National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference presented by the National Fuel Funds Network and National Low Income Energy Consortium. The annual three-day event, held June 11-13, 2012, is the largest single U.S. gathering to address the need for affordable home energy and other utilities for people with low income.

    David Carroll, the Managing Director of APPRISE, was the recipient of the Sister Pat Kelley Achievement Award which was presented at a special luncheon during the conference.

    The Sister Pat Kelley Achievement Award is the National Fuel Funds Network's highest honor and recognizes exemplary personal achievement in furthering the Network's objectives of increasing public awareness of low-income energy programs, advancing energy assistance policy and promoting charitable energy assistance. This year, NFFN honored the contributions of David Carroll,Managing Director of APPRISE, who has dedicated his career to research on low-income energy issues and has made substantial contributions to furthering the NFFN's objectives. For more than 25 years, Carroll's research and analysis of low-income energy assistance and energy-efficiency programs have advanced low-income energy policy and improved the efficiency of low-income energy programs across the nation.

    February 24, 2012

    APPRISE Participates in the 2012 MIT Student/Alumni Externship Program
    During the month of January, APPRISE participated in the MIT Student/Alumni Externship Program. This program connects current students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The students who participate in this program gain experience, network, and learn new skills.

    Jackie Berger, the President of APPRISE and a MIT alumnus, was asked to write a blog for the MIT Alumni website documenting her experience with the program.

    Click on the links below to read the blog entry.

    IAP Externships: Introduction to the Field of Energy Program Evaluation

    January 27, 2012

    APPRISE Study for NEADA Referenced in NY Times Article
    An article was printed in the New York Times regarding a study that APPRISE conducted for the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association (NEADA). This study characterized the LIHEAP population for 2011 and documented the challenges that these households face in addition to their energy bills, including unemployment, lack of health insurance, and medical issues. The article focuses on a follow-up survey that documented the veteran status of LIHEAP-recipient households.

    Some of the key findings noted in the article are as follows:

    “Over the last four years, the survey found, the number of low-income households with at least one military veteran receiving federal energy assistance rose by about 1.1 million households, to 1.78 million. Veterans now make up 20 percent of all recipients of the aid, up from 12 percent four years ago”

    “Within the pool of veterans who received help, 12 percent served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around seven percent are on active duty.”

    Click on the link below to read the whole article.



            



     
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