Wayne State University

Completed community research projects


ACCESS Older Ethnic Adult Day Care Center Assessment

Associate Professor Faith Hopp collaborated with ACCESS Social Services on a project titled "Assessing needs for an Older Ethnic Adult Day Care Center: A Feasibility Study". Focus groups and interviews were conducted with religious leaders and community health service providers. The research team transcribed and analyzed qualitative data, and prepared a final report.

Learn more about ACCESS Older Ethnic Adult Day Care Center Assessment


Alternatives for Girls Program Evaluation

Alternatives for Girls improved programming for homeless and runaway girls ages 15-21 by contracting with Wayne State University's Center for Social Work Research to develop a program evaluation plan that encompassed the perspectives of multiple stakeholders: board members, program funders, participants, staff on all levels of programming and other youth serving organizations.

Learn more about Alternatives for Girls


Area Health Education Center Community Engagement Project

Joanne Sobeck and Joanne Smith-Darden of the Center for Social Work Research worked with the Upper Pennisula, Midcentral, and West Michigan Area Health Education Center (AHEC) on a community engagement strategy. They worked with AHEC staff to assess needs, determine an appropriate community engagement methodology, implement the strategies and analyze the resulting data from the community engagement events.

Learn more about Michigan Area Health Education Center.


Assessment and Planning for BABES World Programs

Joanne Sobeck of the Center for Social Work Research and Michael Henson, Anthropology and Social Work doctoral student, collaborated with BABES World to assess BABES World programs, provided guidance on an implementation database and helped staff develop a plan towards credentialing programs. BABES (Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies) World is a primary substance abuse prevention program for children.

Learn more about BABES World.


Clara B. Ford Academy Trauma-Informed Training

Assistant Professor Angelique Day conducted trauma-informed training of the staff at Clara B. Ford Academy. Dr. Day worked closely with the principal, staff, and students at the Academy in Dearborn Heights. Staff from the Center for Social Work Research assisted with focus groups and transcription.

Learn more about Clara B. Ford Academy.


Clark Park Coalition Consultation and Evaluation

The Center for Social Work Research provided evaluation and consultation to the Clark Park Coalition (CPC) in February 2012. The Clark Park Coalition exists to provide an array of diverse, high-quality recreational, educational, social and mentoring programs for southwest Detroit families promoting skills development which helps youth grow into responsible, self-confident adults.

The evaluation and consultation included interviews with program administrators and Clark Park Coalition staff to understand the history of the Coalition and current programs. The evaluators also reviewed coalition documents, provided a logic model, an evaluation workshop for program staff, and developed an evaluation plan to be implemented by CPC.  Recommendations were made to improve the tracking of program outputs and initial outcomes. This project concluded in the Fall of 2012.

Learn more about Clark Park Coalition.


Coalition on Temporary Shelter Evaluation Planning

The Center for Social Work Research provided consultation to the Coalition of Temporary Shelter (COTS) on the evaluation plan for their Emergency Shelter.  The Consultation included the articulation of long and short term outcomes and strategies for utilizing existing data to address evaluation questions.

Learn more about Coalition of Temporary Shelter (COTS).


Community Care Services Evaluation of the Support Education Project

Wayne State University's Dr. Eileen Trzcinski and the Center for Social Work Research worked in collaboration with Community Care Services (CCS) on the Supported Education Project Evaluation. CCS's Supported Education Project was developed in the early 1990s to aid individuals in recovery from psychiatric disability and co-occurring disorders by providing needed skills to return to a post-secondary education.  Dr. Trzcinski and the Center developed a rigorous evaluation plan for the Supported Education Project. This effort consisted of developing data collection instruments, conducting qualitative interviews, conducting analysis on questionnaires and qualitative interviews, presenting evaluation findings and discussing implications and results with CCS administration and staff.

In an additional evaluation endeavor, the Center for Social Work Research along with the School of Social Work aided the Community Care Services in database development for their Supported Education Project.

Learn more about Community Care Services.


Consultation, Supervision, and Training to Increase Retention of Detroit Scholarship Fund Students

Assistant Professor Angelique Day worked with the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) on "Consultation, Supervision, and Training to Increase Retention of Detroit Scholarship Fund Students." The goal of the project was to assist in training support personnel on the impact of trauma on learning, memory, and education retention.

Learn more about the Detroit Regional Chamber.


Delta Manor Assessment 2016 Survey

The Presbyterian Villages of Michigan contracted the Center for Social Work Research in an effort to assess and document the perceptions of the senior residents living at Delta Manor, including their attitudes towards issues related to the facilities, safety and activities.  The Center for Social Work Research developed an evaluation and provided analyses for respondent data.

Learn more about Delta Manor Apartments.


Detroit Area Agency on Aging Consultation

In an effort to build the capacity of organizations serving seniors, the DAAA contracted the Center for Social Work Research to carry out a provider enhancement project.  This project further developed the knowledge and skills of older adult service provider staff needed to meet the challenges they face. 

It is the goal of the DAAA to help their partners provide quality services and utilize business strategies to increase revenues needed to serve a growing aging population. The target groups for this project were organizations, funded by the DAAA, to provide Adult Day Services, Senior Centers and Community-based organizations.
The Center for Social Work Research designed a multi-pronged approach to build capacity for services and organizational development. Target agencies were invited to attend a two-day interactive workshop on Evidence-based Programs for Wellness Centers and Adult Day Services. These workshops introduced the concepts of evidence-based programming, health promotion and wellness. Participants were provided with many examples of evidence-based programming for seniors and considered how they could incorporate the programs and practices into their agency plans. Evaluations showed that the workshop was well received by participants.

Learn more about the DAAA.


Detroit/Wayne County Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) Evaluation

The Center for Social Work research partnered with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) on developing the "Detroit/Wayne County Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE)" Evaluation. The project included consultation on project design and research activities, the development of a database used by project staff and consultation in regards to data analysis.

Learn more about the Corporation for Supportive Housing.


Elder's Perception of Age-Friendly Communities Project

Assistant Professor Richard J. Smith and the Center for Social Work Research collaborated with the University of Maryland to evaluate older adults' perception of age-friendly communities. The project included consultation on the conceptual literature on neighborhoods, communities, and other forms of place and space, appropriate use of geographic information systems, and data sources.

Learn more about the Elder's Perception of Age-Friendly Communities Project.


Evaluation of Child Protective Services Worker Training for Identifying and Referring LGBT Youth and Families to Specialized Family Group Decision Making Services

Associate Professor Kim Jaffee, along with the Social Work Research Center, collaborated with the Ruth Ellis Center on the project titled "An Evaluation of Child Protective Services Worker Training for Identifying and Referring LGBT Youth and Families to Specialized Family Group Decision Making Services." The collaboration worked to develop curriculum and conducted several training sessions in order to analyze the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of CPS and Foster Care Workers. 

Learn more about the Ruth Ellis Center.


Evaluation of Oakland Family Services' Fussy Baby and Parents as Teachers Programs

Neva Nahan of the Center for Social Work Research evaluated two infant mental health programs at Oakland Family Services: Fussy Baby and Parents as Teachers. Ms. Nahan analyzed pre and post data from program participants and presented the findings to OFS staff.

Learn more about Oakland Family Services.


Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center 2015-2016 After-School Program

Elizabeth Agius of the Center for Social Work Research conducted her fourth year of evaluation for the West Village Academy and The Dearborn Academy 21st Century Community Learning  Center after-school program. Ms. Agius conducted site visits at various schools, examined and analyzed programs for strengths, challenges and needs, provided consultation on grant submissions and reports and created reports on evaluation findings for the program Director and staff.

Learn more about the 21st Century Learning Center.


Everyone Together Process Evaluation

In collaboration with a team from the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, this was an evaluation of a statewide initiative to build and strengthen parent networks to demand inclusion for their children with disabilities. The evaluation focuses on documenting the process of network development and assesses the feasibility of network sustainment.


Expansion and Update of the MCOSA 2010 Substance Abuse Epidemiological Study

Elizabeth Agius of the Center for Social Work Research collaborated with the Macomb County Community Mental Health, Office of Substance Abuse to expand and update the MCOSA 2010 substance abuse epidemiological study.

Learn more about the Macomb County Community Mental Health, Office of Substance Abuse.


Family Services Alliance Collaboration Evaluation

Neva Nahan of the Center for Social Work Research conducted an evaluation of the collaborative process for the Family Services Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. The Behavioral Health Collaborative (the Alliance) includes three family-service organizations: Family Services Incorporated of Detroit and Wayne County (FSI), Macomb Family Services (MFS) and Oakland Family Services (OFS). The Alliance contracted the Center for Social Work Research to conduct a process evaluation of the standardized, evidence-based service delivery model for the region and the consolidated reporting system. The evaluation included full descriptions of project efforts and process results.

Learn more about the Family Services Alliance of Southeastern Michigan.


Garden City Community Coalition Evaluation

The Center for Social Work Research worked with the Garden City Community Coalition on an evaluation of the coalition activities. These activities included group meetings, material reviews fand project evaluation activities, among others.

Learn more about the Garden City Community Coalition.


Good Schools and Good Neighborhoods Initiative

Dr. Joanne Sobeck, Elizabeth Agius and Center for Social Work Research staff conducted a component of an evaluation of the Skillman Foundation's Good Neighborhoods and Good Schools Initiative at the completion of the Readiness Phase. The Center's goals were to provide a written report and recommendations, as part of the larger evaluation of this initiative conducted by Brandeis University's Center for Youth and Communities.  The focus of the evaluation was to assess the organizational capacity building efforts of The Skillman Foundation.  Dr. Sobeck and Ms. Aguis reviewed materials of activities from 2007 to 2010, prepared a matrix to document the Foundation's capacity building activities, conducted interviews with Skillman and organizations contracted to provide capacity building services, and provided a report of evaluation findings and recommendations. 

Learn more about Good Schools and Good Neighborhoods Initiative.


Great Start Collaborative Evaluation

The Center for Social Work Research partners with the Great Start Collaborative - Wayne (GSCW) on an evaluation of the Great Start Collaborative program. Online and paper surveys were distributed to GSCW members. The research team conducted interviews, data entry and anaylsis, and prepared a final report and presentation.

Learn more about the Great Start Collaborative Evaluation.


Loaves and Fishes Southwest Detroit

The Center for Social Work Research partnered with the Loaves and Fishes Southwest Detroit collaborative to provide guidance and create an evaluation plan, among other activities. The Loaves and Fishes Southwest Detroit collaborative is a collaborative of food pantries in the southwest Detroit area that assists local residents in breaking the cycle of hunger. The work on the organization includes food pantry development, management and sustainability.

Learn more about Loaves and Fishes Southwest Detroit.


Methodist Children's Home Society

The Center for Social Work Research and the Methodist Children's Home Society collaborated on an outcome and process evaluation of the Methodist Children's Home Society in 2011-2012. This work included data entry, data analysis, and qualitative data collection and analysis among other work.

Learn more about the Methodist Children's Home Society.


Michigan ACE Evaluation

The Center for Social Work Research provided technical assistance for the evaluation of the conference Young Women Strong Leaders. The purpose of the conference was to provide leadership training to young women from area institutions of higher education. The Center for Social Work Research developed the reaction questionnaire, processed the data and provided a brief report on participants' reactions to the conference.  

Learn more about Michigan ACE.


National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care Integration Project

The Center for Social Work Research and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare collaborated on a project for the implementation and evaluation of educational experience for social work students. The research team selected field placement sites, chose students that met specific criteria, and provided financial and administrative support for students and field placement sites. The project aimed to evaluate the impact of the combined classroom and hands-on experiences on social work students.

Learn more about the National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care Integration Project.


Neighborhood Services Organization Grant Revision

The Center for Social Work Research provided expert assistance to the Neighborhood Services Organization in the revision of a federal grant for Homeless Services programs.  The NSO is one of the largest providers of homeless services in Detroit and sought to expand their program through a SAMHSA grant. Dr. Bart Miles, whose research focus is homelessness, led the grant revision with Center staff. The NSO was pleased to announce that they received the Services in Supportive Housing grant for services to homeless Detroiters.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Services Organization.


Network of Hope Evaluation

In spring 2009, Arlene Weisz and Neva Nahan of the Center for Social Work Research assisted the Network of Hope collaborators (Looking for My Sister, Serenity Services and Wayne County) with an evaluation of their United Way-funded initiative. The initiative aimed to provide case management, individual and group counseling, support groups, and life skills training to women who were survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The collaboration also strived to link services and provide coverage across the city of Detroit. The evaluation examined progress on collaborative processes and assessed the Network's achievement of service outcomes.

Learn more about Network of Hope.


New Detroit Inc. Compassion Capital Evaluation

Elizabeth Agius (PI) of the Center for Social Work Research conducted the evaluation of the New Detroit Inc. initiative from the start, focusing on process measures, participant tracking and outcome measures for federal reporting. New Detroit Inc. is administering the second 3-year federal grant for the Compassion Capital Initiative. New Detroit's program provides competitive grant awards for capacity building in small non-profits in Detroit and the tri-county area. In addition, the program offers a comprehensive series of training and technical assistance to nonprofits in core areas such as Board Development, Program Development and Assessment.

Learn more about New Detroit, Inc.


Oakland Family Services Development Workforce Retention Evaluation

Wayne State University's Dr. Eileen Trzcinski and Dr. Neva Nahan of the Center for Social Work Research designed a comprehensive evaluation plan for Oakland Family Services' Workforce Retention program. This involved developing pre, post and follow-up questionnaires, conducting statistical analysis of the questionnaires and employee data, and presenting evaluation findings to Oakland Family Services for implementation. Through these activities OFS was able to assess current training effectiveness, analyze trends for project outcomes, and initiate staff discussions about the implications of these findings in order to improve worker retention within the organization.

Learn more about Oakland Family Services.


Reaching Higher Evaluation Design and Implementation

In 2010, the Center for Social Work Research and the School of Social Work worked with Reaching Higher Incorporated on Evaluation Design and Implementation. The purpose of this project was to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of its youth program. The youth program operates in several public schools and non-profit agencies. The goal of the program is to motivate young people to live a life of awakened purpose with passion and confidence. The research design consisted of data collection and the development of final instruments for assessment of behavior, attendance, and GPA and demographics information. Lastly, the data was analyzed and a report with recommendations was submitted to Reaching Higher.  

Dr. Joanne Sobeck and WSU's Center for Social Work Research continued their work with Reaching Higher Incorporated (RHI) on another phase of evaluation design and implementation. The evaluation project, Continuation of Program Evaluation-Year 2, was the extension of the previous collaboration between RHI and the Center.  The purpose of the second year's phase was to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of RHI's youth program. 

Learn more about Reaching Higher Inc.


The Children's Center Evaluation

The School of Social Work and the Center for Social Work Research worked with The Detroit Children's Center to collect information to improve upon client service delivery. Information collected in 2009 led to the current technical assistance tasks, which involved collecting information from clinicians and supervisors to unveil the perceived barriers to successful service delivery within the organization. These investigations increased knowledge about payment systems, educational background and expertise, and revealed needs for further professional development for their staff. This information assisted the Children's Center in its effort to manage a change process throughout the agency that included restructuring clinical processes, training staff and sharing information. Ultimately, this created a better alignment between service delivery, reimbursable costs and client outcomes.

Learn more about Detroit's Children Center.


Wayne County Head Start Program Community Assessment

Neva Nahan of the Center for Social Work Research served as principal investigator for planning and facilitating the implementation of a community assessment for The Wayne County Head Start Program. The assessment collected demographic information and data related to the needs of low-income families in Wayne County outside of the City of Detroit.

Learn more about Wayne County Head Start Program.


West Village Academy/Dearborn Academy Evaluation

Elizabeth Agius of the Center for Social Work Research conducted an evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.  Ms. Agius worked closely with the program director and staff at two sites that provide an array of afterschool activities for elementary school students in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

Learn more about the West Village Academy.


The Center for Social Work Research also provided program development and evaluation for the following organizations:

  • Fans4Life
  • First Step, Inc.
  • Jewish Federation
  • Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
  • Matrix Human Services
  • Southeast Michigan Community Alliance
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiative
  • Vista Maria