Current Research Needs in the CommunityThe Center through its annual survey of agencies has identified a variety of research needs in the community. They are listed below via 4 categories: Environment, Health, Poverty & Justice, and Youth. Under each category, an organization is identified, along with its specific research request(s). You can click on each organization to bring up their online profile to learn more about them, obtain contact information, etc.
- Gateway Greening: Community gardens used as sites in a variety of research areas, including: long-term health impacts of community gardening, aesthetic and social value of community gardening, and ongoing program evaluation and data collection.
- Operation Brightside: Public relations and marketing - What is the public's awareness and perception of Operation Brightside? Are there programs we could/should be doing to better engage and serve the public? Are we utilizing our resources efficiently?
- American Red Cross: Program evaluation guidelines/processes for our HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention program.
- BJC Hospice: General research with pediatric patients, elderly on hospice care; research on diversity/psychosocial needs/socio-economic issues related to hospice care.
- Center for Hearing and Speech: Hearing Aid performance; Children Literacy Group assessment of progress and data analysis.
- HavenHouse: Provide housing for out-of-town families of loved ones receiving medical care - Research on whether patients "heal" quicker when their loved ones are close.
- Minds Eye Information Service: Research the attitudes and interests of our listeners and potential listeners.
- Pathways To Independence: Information on the epidemiology of learning disabilities or individuals with developmental disabilities that fall within I.Q. range of 71-100 and the traditional characteristics for these individuals.
- VisionServe Alliance: With 15,000,000 Baby Boomers seeking nonprofit services in the next 15 years due to aging eye diseases, the support structure of less than 300 vision rehabilitation centers nationwide that focus on vision loss will be overwhelmed. Facilitation of a data needs assessment that would also include a comparison of various existing, but inconsistent and non-informative, prevalence studies.
Poverty and Justice
- Community Women Against Hardship: Research on women and their children struggling with poverty; best practices for services offered to them (i.e. job readiness, nutrition, computer training, GED)
- Institute For Peace and Justice: Research on project use of minority contractors in the St. Louis area; Evaluation for the work we do with ex-offenders.
- Missouri Jobs with Justice: Research related to the impacts of budget cuts at both the state and local levels. This can include interviews with agencies that serve impacted communities.
- North Grand Neighborhood Services: Identify and track key neighborhood indicators to empirically measure our effectiveness in our community.
- Oasis International Ministries: Refugee process - Refugees and their relationship with St. Louis. Application and acclimation process, benefits, obtaining U.S. citizenship, etc.
- St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America: Immigration policy, and the identification of communities that want to change attitudes about immigration policy.
- Covenant House Missouri: Research into effective job training and placement for our at-risk staying at the facility.
- Discovering Options: After-school program model effectiveness on African-American youth
- Family Resouce Center: Implementation of the state-wide "Project Construct" curriculum into our therapeutic pre-school - does the curriculum: 1.) Improve the cohesiveness and morale of our preschool staff as a team; 2.) Lead to more involvement and "hands on" activities of our teachers with the children; 3.) Have a positive impact in parents of the children becoming more involved in their child's learning?
- Friends With A Better Plan: Research on high school youth enrolled in our substance and violence prevention program.
- Girls in The Know: Do pre-teen girl participants in the Girls in the Know program make positive choices and have better communication with their mothers as they mature VS. those who do not participate.
- Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club: Seeking demographic trends for the communities where our agencies are located. This data will assist in program development and/or cessation. Data will also be used to determine future growth of the club and ultimately assist with funding strategies.
- Lemay Child and Family Center: Assessment of the long-term outcomes for children who attended at least six months of preschool at our Center.
- Kids' Place: Research on reliable methods for evaluating the academic and behavioral improvements of our students.
- Progressive Youth Connection: Is peer to peer education the most effective teaching strategy for violence prevention education within the youth population?
- Shearwater Education Initiative: Engaging faculty members in an impact study - outcomes comparison for students enrolled, when compared to those who do not attend Shearwater; also, within our school there are smaller research opportunities centered around work with youth who are disconnected - including youth who are homeless, in foster-care, teen parents, or those impacted by the justice system.
- Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School: Best practices for urban elementary schools; Strategic and advancement planning; Public Relations and Marketing plan
- Vision for Children at Risk: 1.) Our databook of indicators/maps which we are converting to an online format next month, 2.) Community asset database, which we are just starting to build with renewable IRS data, and 3.) Our Children's Policy Forum website, due out next month, in which we provide policy analysis on children/family issues in St. Louis.