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Research

Promise Partnerships

In addition to collecting and analyzing data on our 10 Promises – much of which is available in the “Current Data” section – OUPN is performing extensive research on different research strategies that have been found to be effective in addressing specific community needs in other parts of the county.

The Center for Community Engaged Learning at Weber State University serves as the lead research partner on this initiative. On this page, we will be posting reports from our community survey, focus groups, secondary data, and census data, as well as research briefs on topics that pertain to the following issue areas:

  • Early childhood education
  • K-12 education
  • College and Career readiness
  • Family and Community
  • Parents and Jobs

CURRENT DATA

Gathering and analyzing community data is a key component of the work Ogden United Promise Neighborhood is doing. This data is used in conversation both with community organizations and community members to better understand the greatest needs in the community.  In turn, we can collectively work to address them in a way that takes advantage of our community’s great assets.

Data is used to establish baseline measures on indicators that represent our core priorities. We look at trend lines, and discuss the “story behind the data” in concert with partner organization in order to create plans of action and set targets (or goals) that are achievable for the community over the course of several years. Our data scorecard is being updated, and will be re-posted here soon.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

In our efforts to improve the lives of children and youth in our community, we have built and tested a continuum of solutions grounded in sound evidence and built upon existing community assets.  Such solutions are intended to effectively realize strategies that will address the unique needs of children and families in inner city Ogden.

Community Assessment and Evaluation – OUPN has built the capacity of our local community to do education research, by supporting the development of the Community Research Extension (CRE) arm of the Center for Community Engaged Learning at Weber State University. The Community Research Extension has collected extensive data on the needs and assets of central Ogden, and students have contributed over 2500 hours of service to the project. We have also begun to provide research to community organizations to support the development of strategic planning and applications for funding. In the Summer of 2014 OUPN launched an effort to assist local non-profits with survey instrument development to track program outcomes.

Focus Groups – In 2013, OUPN conducted 14 focus groups with neighborhood residents, service providers, and community leaders – from which we gained important qualitative data. Insights included the largest areas of concern for different stakeholder populations; i.e. the largest concern among Latino parents was legal status, the largest among youth 7th -12th graders were issues of safety, and for post-secondary students what was honed in on as of vital importance was the need to feel supported, and have advising and mentoring both into and through college.

Community Survey – In the summer of 2013, we surveyed 731 families – going door to door in English and Spanish. A significant amount of useful data was collected on mobility, parent engagement, early childhood education, access to a medical home, etc.  We are able to filter the data by smaller geographic areas (i.e. school feeder area) or by demographic (age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, single parent, etc.).

High Quality Preschool (Pilot) – We developed and implemented a preschool at James Madison Elementary with funding from the United Way of Northern Utah, Ogden City School District, the YMCA and Ogden City. The model we implemented (from the Granite School District) has strong research and longitudinal data to demonstrate its effectiveness. Utah State University, our independent evaluator, found 40% of participants to have a score below 70 on Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test  – which indicates a very strong probability of them needing SPED interventions in the absences of high quality preschool. This preschool program will be scaled up to additional schools in the Ogden United PN footprint in in the 2014/15 school year.

Outcomes Tracking – Launched Social Solutions Efforts-to-Outcomes database systems for 5 partner organizations (which we will continue to expand). Organizations use the software on a daily basis to perform client intakes, track services provided, refer clients, take case notes, and track outcomes/program effectiveness. In 2013, 632 participants were put into the software, and attendance was tracked for 15,753 activities.

Collaborated with Ogden School District on Successful Carol White Grant – Department of Education grant to support healthy eating and active lifestyles.

PUBLICATIONS

We do regular, extensive research to better understand and meet the needs of those living in our neighborhood. Our publications contain important data outlining the challenges we face as a community and possible solutions to these challenges. Our publications also detail the results of programs and initiatives being implemented in our neighborhood, and offer some of the best information available about how we can continue to serve our children and youth. Please take a moment to peruse our library.

  • This series of tables describes general demographics, ethnicity, income level, mobility, and school demographics of neighborhood residents briefly and succinctly.

  • This table offers an economic comparison of residents living in the Ogden United Promise Neighborhood to Ogden City as a whole, Weber County, and Utah.

  • This report outlines research regarding neighborhood demographics, the mobility of neighborhood residents, how likely residents are to read to their children three or more times per week, school demographics, and school attendance.

  • This seven-page report outlines the demographics and other community data regarding our neighborhood, current research into family actions that lead to student success, and potential solutions for reaching positive student outcomes in our neighborhood.

  • This report outlines the methods and results of a survey regarding early childhood care and education in our neighborhood.

  • This report offers detailed information about internet access and usage by children and youth in our neighborhood, implications of these findings, possible interventions, and the advantages and disadvantages of those interventions.

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