Community Based Research

Community-based research involves a collaborative effort between our researchers and partners and provides positive social change. Our work influences policy and practice relative to a particular community and the issue for which they are seeking our support and expertise. We serve as a research partner and provide technical assistance to many community based organizations to help them identify where they need the help and if a particular program or service to successful for clients.

The Begun Center serves as the evaluation partner for the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI). Evaluation activities include identification of appropriate assessment instruments, analysis of screening and pre/post test data for youth receiving trauma-informed care, evaluation of training sessions held for the child-serving agencies in the area, and possible assessment of the effectiveness of a community awareness campaign. Learn more about DCI>>
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services to evaluate the effectiveness of Tapestry System of Care. Learn more about Tapestry System of Care>>
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cleveland Foundation for the county-wide MyCom Initiative. The focus of MyCom is youth advocacy, neighborhood mobilization, youth engagement, key transitions, employment/job readiness and out-of school time Learn more about MyCom>> 
The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council to evaluate various programs for youth related outcomes. Learn more about Family and Children First Council Programming>>