Institute On Family and Neighborhood Life

Research & Evaluation

STRONG COMMUNITIES has an extensive program of both process and outcome evaluation. Most of the studies are conducted by a team led by Profs. Asher Ben-Arieh and Jim McDonell.

There is also a triennial community survey of parents of preschool and elementary-school-age children. This survey includes matched comparisons of a random sample of families in the STRONG COMMUNITIES area with those in matched communities in the Midlands section of South Carolina (Lexington, Newberry, and Richland). The survey was designed with input by researchers at a parallel project (also funded by The Duke Endowment) as well as the STRONG COMMUNITIES team. It is supervised by Deborah Daro and administered by Westat.

For an overview of the evaluation plan, click here.

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