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Community Science projects

Education & Youth Development

Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Parents: You Matter!

Community Science recently completed the evaluation for The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s Parents: You Matter! community education program, which was designed to educate parents of 12- to 17-year-olds about adolescent substance abuse and provide tools and resources to prevent it. The evaluation tested the effectiveness of the program on parents’ ability to deal with their teens on drug and alcohol issues, from both the parents’ and adolescents’ perspectives. The evaluation showed that parents who received the intervention had significantly greater knowledge of substance abuse and related resources and confidence in communicating with their teens after three months than did a comparison group of parents who did not receive the intervention. The evaluation findings will be announced in a press release from the Department of Justice, which funded the program. The study’s findings also are being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. (2010 - 2011)

Evaluation of Teaching Enhancement Partnership Project (TEPP)

Community Science designed an evaluation to assess the extent to which TEPP - implemented by The University of Maryland Baltimore County - met the National Science Foundation’s outcome expectations, including: improved communication skills and teaching skills for fellows, enriched learning by K-12 students, professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, and strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts. (2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-Service Community Schools Program Evaluation

The purpose of this national program, sponsored by the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, was to develop the capacity of three middle schools in low income communities to become national full-service community school model programs that could be adopted by other communities. The participating schools represented different contexts (e.g. urban and rural, ethnicity, etc.). The model included providing “one stop assistance” to families on health, education, and public benefits (e.g. Food Stamps, WIC, etc.) and other services. Community Science conducted a process and outcome evaluation of this model program on the participating schools and families.The evaluation looked at the collaboration among participating organizations, the integration and support of the program by school leadership, the consumer (parents and youth) experience, and changes in child school attendance and academic performance. (2001)

Facilitation of the H.G. Woodson’s School-Community Collaborative

With support from the Fannie Mae Foundation, Community Science facilitated the development and operation of a school-community collaborative at H. G. Woodson High School in the District of Columbia. This project developed a comprehensive investment plan for the high school; increased resources available for Woodson students; and increased and strengthened relationships among community leaders, businesses, foundations, and community institutions for the good of Woodson students. We worked with all these different types of stakeholders to exchange information about their expectations and potential contributions and to prioritize the collaborative’s activities based on the students’ needs. (1998-1999)

Evaluation of Adolescent Reproductive Health Initiative

Plain Talk is a program developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) by increasing communication and sexual health education for teenagers. The foundation engaged Community Science to survey Plain Talk stakeholders to evaluate the program’s implementation at the site level, and to assess the national support that Plain Talk received from the organization Public/Private Ventures. (2007)

Evaluation of the Choice Program

Community Science worked with the Choice Program to develop and implement systems to facilitate data-based decision-making by all program staff, and evaluated the extent to which the Choice Program reduced problem behavior. Community Science also provided an independent assessment of the Choice Refocus & Opportunity (R & O) program during its first year of implementation (October 2006 to October 2007). Specifically, the evaluation examined the extent to which the program was implemented as intended and the extent to which the program reduced participants’ problem behavior. (2005-2007)

Evaluation of Community IMPACT!

The non-profit organization Community IMPACT! worked with neighborhood stakeholders to support community service projects that involve people from the community, improve the community, and invest in the community's future. Community Science evaluated Community IMPACT!'s work and of the role of youth in community building. Community Science helped build the organization's capacity to improve its own learning system and to respond to the needs of the communities it serves. Community Science also assisted Community IMPACT! in developing and implementing an organizational learning plan and provided training and consultation in community organizing. (1998)

Establishing School Communities

Community Science was engaged to provide technical assistance to New Beginnings, a program funded by the Public Education Reform Partnership, to build a sense of community among parents, students, teachers, staff, principals, and community-based organizations to establish school communities. Community Science submitted a final report summarizing the activities of the school communities, lessons learned, and recommendations for next steps. (1997-1998)

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