Research

The process of beginning and running a successful initiative involves both sound primary research that reports on the results of activities as well as meaningful secondary studies that lay a solid framework from which to move forward.

 

To create a solid foundation for our impact work, we've conducted several community assessments. Summaries of this work are available below.


2013 Campaign for Grade Level Reading Waukegan Action Plan
2012 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (Waukegan Summary)
2010 Building Blocks II Quality Childcare Final Report
(Waukegan, Zion, North Chicago)
2009 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (Waukegan Summary)
2009 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (Aggregate Graphs- Waukegan School District)
2005 Community Assessment: Executive Summary
2006 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Results

Other studies include: 

What Youth Need to Succeed
Stay in School Focus Group Report
Harvard Study on Parent Engagement

Below are links and PDFs of meaningful secondary studies that guided the United Way of Lake County in its programming.

The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit:  Planning and implementing an initiative to support the pathway to graduation for at-risk students (United Way Worldwide, Harvard Family Research Project)

Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters: Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.

“Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return”
By: Art Rolnick, Senior VP and Director of Research
Rob Grunewald, Regional Economic Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

In this study, the authors illustrate how well-focused investments in early childhood development yield high public as well as private returns.

America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline
This report highlights the national and community crusade to engage families, youth, communities and policy makers in the development of healthy, safe and educated children. Poverty, racial disparities and a culture of punishment rather than prevention and early intervention are key forces driving the Pipeline.

Goals for the Common Good: Exploring the Impact of Education
A joint publication of the American Human Development Project and United Way.

Students At and Above Grade Level for Reading in Grade 3 Graduate from High School at Higher Rates Than Students Below Grade Level
Researchers at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago used longitudinal administrative data to examine the relationship between third-grade reading level and educational outcomes. Using third-grade scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), they grouped a focus cohort of 26,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students into those reading below grade level (0-24th national percentile), at grade level (25th -74th national percentile) and above-grade level (75th-100th national percentile). They found evidence that students who were at and above grade level in third grade graduate from high school and attend college at higher rates than their peers who were below grade level.

Ready for Kindergarten? A Review of State Practices
Child Trends' paper, A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments, discusses state Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) and statewide school readiness assessments administered in kindergarten. The brief emphasizes the importance of early learning for children's development, and provides policy considerations for developing and utilizing school readiness assessments at the state level.

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