Current and Recent Evaluation and Research Projects

07/16 – 09/18
Building the Future. Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. This multi-year program provides comprehensive re-entry services and guidance to returning citizens participating in the three Work Release Programs (WRPs) located in downtown Toledo. The goal of BTF is to provide comprehensive social services and employment training resulting in building trades professional certification to 170 returning citizens who reside in areas of poverty in Toledo, OH. The mixed-methods project evaluation will not only validate outcome achievement but will also provide process evaluation.
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06/17 – 07/17
A qualitative research study that explored Lucas County youths’ experiences and perceptions of the most critical issues impacting their positive development. Funded in part by the Youth Advocacy Alliance and commissioned as part of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio’s 2017 community health assessment for Lucas County. Click Considering the Youths’ Experiences, full report to read the full report. Click Considering the Youths’ Experiences, summary to read summary of the findings which was expanded to include a third focus group.
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08/11 – 05/15
National Evaluation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Group Mentoring Programs, Funded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. This project evaluates the context and implementation of group mentoring at the clubs as well as includes a fidelity of implementation analysis, cost-benefit analysis, a national online survey, and in-depth case studies.

06/13 – 06/15
Windows to the World Weekends at The Friendly Center (W2WW). Funded Year 1 by Toledo Community Foundation; Year 2 by Marathon Oil Golf Classic.
This is the expansion of an existing youth program that introduces neighborhood children to experiences they might not otherwise have because of transportation and financial barriers. Each topic is developed into a six-week program allowing children to participate in six innovative programs during the school year. Examples of learning tracks are photography, sculpture, public speaking, and theater. W2WW provides 50 vulnerable youth (grades 4 through 6) with consistent weekend programming focused on unique recreation opportunities and healthy life skills.



The Feasibility of Creating a Self-Sustaining Hoop House Vegetable Garden at the Padua Center.

This report includes the methodology and findings of a feasibility study that examined the viability of creating a self-sustaining hoop house garden for the Padua Center in Toledo, OH. The study examines the nutritional dietary gap for residents in census tracts 32, 35, and 36—all adjacent to or part of the Padua Center service area. Access the Feasibility Study.