Equity, Engagement & Evaluation

Equity, Engagement & Evaluation

Exploring the Path from Partnerships to Collaborations

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.

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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.

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.


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.

  • New America
  • 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


Parent Mentor Oversight & Professional Development Program

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recognizes the critical need of supporting and honoring families as the primary caregivers and educators of

State-Wide Family Survey for Families of Students With Disabilities

State-Wide Family Survey for Families of Students With Disabilities In partnership with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), our associates design, distribute,

Ohio Youth Rehabilitation Collaborative (OYRC)

Ohio State’s College of Public Health, College of Education and Human Ecology, and OSU Extension are implementing a delivery system and education program in rural and urban neighborhoods

Planning and Evaluation Services for the Ohio Interagency Council for Youth

Ohio is engaged in a cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center

Ohio Head Start Association, Inc. Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Project

The Ohio Head Start Association, Inc. (OHSAI) is currently engaged in significant activities related

Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Target Elevated Phosphorus Fields to Increase Water Quality & Availability

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has funded

Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio

Our Associates support the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO) as they implement a unique capacity building model in Ohio

Family and Community Partnership Liaisons (CARES Act) Project

Family and Community Partnership Liaisons (CARES Act) Project The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is engaged in a statewide effort to build

End of Life Decision Making

This project aims to address racial and ethnic disparities and health equity, focusing on how to encourage advance care planning and engage in a culturally sensitive 

Advancing Ohio's English Learners

The Advancing Ohio’s English Learners project is designed to create a comprehensive system of supports for English learners and their families 

Public Interest Technology

Our Associates are partnering with New America to provide an overview of employers’ perspectives regarding the emerging field of public interest technology or PIT.  

Heading to Kindergarten Evaluation

Ohio’s Heading to Kindergarten initiative is part of a national initiative designed to build partnerships between Head Start providers and public schools.  

Staying and Thriving:

Cultivating Community with and for Black Women Undergraduate Students in the College of Education and Human Ecology ELIGIBILITY AND

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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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