Equity, Engagement & Evaluation

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Exploring the Path from Partnerships to Collaborations: Voices from the Field (Video)

WHO WE ARE

Our Equity, Engagement and Evaluation program designs, implements and evaluates projects within health, education, workforce development entities to achieve outcomes based on evidence-based quality standards in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

WHAT WE DO

Technical experts work with organizations and communities to assist in achieving desired outcomes, developing plans, conducting needs assessments, collecting data, designing evaluation plans, and providing other forms of technical assistance. A variety of research and evaluation methods (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, database applications, content analysis, archival data analysis) are used to clarify goals, build logic models, and identify appropriate methods for addressing significant issues.

OUR COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Equity, diversity and inclusion is proudly woven into every aspect of our work. We lead the center’s Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Movement to increase our efforts in workforce development, education, and family and community engagement toward the pursuit of a holistic approach to equity, social justice, and inclusion. We produce monthly professional development sessions designed to increase associates’ awareness of how racial injustice manifests itself and to increase their readiness for change. Additionally, we facilitate white affinity groups to engage in difficult conversations to enhance awareness of biases and build capacity to serve as coconspirators, and convene the REDI Steering team to serve as the center’s vehicle for planning and executing interventions to support an antiracist approach to improving the center’s internal practices, programs and policies. 

An integral member of our team is Dr. Kenyona Walker, a leading scholar in the area of race and education. Dr. Walker has provided meaningful learning experiences for center associates, the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement CenterOhio’s State Support Team 11, and the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, and continues to advance research and knowledge on this topic. 

Our community partnerships are designed to support vulnerable and marginalized populations, including the development of a series of professional development sessions designed for The Ohio Department of Education’s Head Start Collaboration Office to increase the awareness of Ohio’s early childhood professionals related to the social consequences of race and building their capacity to reduce negative impacts. We are also implementing a customized REDI project in partnership with the Ohio Head Start Association, Inc. (OHSAI) to increase the knowledge and skills of their executive committee relevant to the posture and practice of cultural humility, explore anti-racist norms and practices for the Association and begin to consider approaches to dismantling  institutional racism within OHSAI’s spheres of influence.

SPONSORS

We customize tools and procedures to meet the needs of sponsors and are uniquely positioned to contribute to new and continuing interventions based upon productive working relationships with state and local partners.

  • Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council
  • Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • Ohio Departments of Education, Mental Health, Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

GrandUnderstandings

Center associates in the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center have partnered with the Ohio Department of Education on developing a resource platform

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Program Team

David A. Julian, PhD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF EVALUATION & COMMUNITY PRACTICE

Melissa Ross, PsyD

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS & IMPACTS