As part of a new project at CAP, each month we will be featuring a guest blogger from across the agency. Diane Eason-Contreras, Senior Client Research Associate, is our fifth blogger.
CAP has a long history of providing early childhood services to low-income families in the Tulsa area. In an effort to continuously improve services to children and their families, CAP analyzes and reviews research and data from many sources to improve services. In 2009, CAP designed an informal multi-year longitudinal survey to better understand the experiences of children and families after they leave our Early Childhood Program.
In 2010, over 240 families signed up and agreed to complete one survey a year until their child completes the third grade. In 2011, 80% of the original families participated in the second year of surveys. Results from the first two years have been compiled in a lengthy report to consider how families’ lives and needs change year-to-year. Survey questions were chosen based on their alignment with the agency’s Results Map, which outlines the major outcomes that research has shown are critical for children, families and communities for children to reach their full potential. Questions were pulled from other longitudinal studies when possible. Families were also asked to provide feedback on CAP’s programs including ways CAP can improve services for children and families.
Information gathered from the project will be used by CAP staff for decision-making and program improvement, to inform the design of new pilot projects, generate funding and community support, and provide a platform for client centered advocacy within and outside the organization. Short summaries for both the first and second year results are available on CAP’s Website at: http://www.captc.org/iLab/AlumniProject.php
For the full report, contact the Innovation Lab at email@example.com .
This post was written by Diane Eason-Contreras, Senior Client Research Associate.