Local Initiative Support Corporation-
Develop, gather and analyze a mix-methods research and assessment process for the Training for the Trainer Program, a curriculum-based, multi-session leadership training program for seasoned and emerging leaders in Houston. Also, as co-creator and facilitator of the curriculum, the program aims to building a pipeline of leaders who would later serve as coaches, trainers, and/or mentors for the community. Most participants are between 25-40 years-old, are predominantly African-American and Latino/a, and are within underserved communities in the City of Houston.
Communities of Care Initiative -
The Communities of Care (CoC) Collaborative is a multi-sector and multi-year initiative that began in June of 2019, funded by the Hogg Foundation. The collaborative consists of 10 grantees of diverse stakeholders, from community-based organizations, city and county agencies, federally qualified health centers, community-led organizations, and ethnically and racially diverse residents across the Greater Houston area. The mixed-methods research study will evaluate whether the entire collaborative’s goals and objectives have been achieved and will measure progress throughout the five years of the initiative. Educo Research has been tasked to lead the qualitative evaluation (key stakeholder interviews, focus groups, design, implementation, analysis, and reporting. etc.) of the initiative as part of a 5 person evaluation team. Educo Research has co-developed IRB protocols, evaluation baseline surveys, facilitated training and provided technical assistance to collaborative partners.
Harris County Housing Study -
The Harris County Housing Study assessed housing affordability, access, infrastructure, and desires for the 4MM+ residents in the 34 city county. From March 2020 to August 2021, we worked in partnership with our client Ford Momentum! and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research to ethically design and moderate strategic conversations with residents regarding housing conditions, desires and access. Through a mass communications campaign and field engagement strategies, in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, we conducted direct and indirect contact with County and City to capture over 17,000 survey responses from residents. Educo Research analyzed and reported on qualitative survey responses, data from the gamified survey and branded cloud-based video studio interviews to inform the overall housing plan deliverable requested by Harris County.
Intercultural Development Research Association - San Antonio, TX
Focus group facilitation, analysis and reporting of focus group data for the Ready Texas: A Study of the Implementation of House Bill 5 in Texas (84th Legislative Session), funded by the Greater Texas Foundation. The research provided educational stakeholders information about the implications of recent curriculum changes in the state on the college and career readiness of graduates. Focus groups consisted of students, parents and high school counselors from across Houston, TX and Schulenburg, TX.
Latinos for Education - Boston, MA
Conducted landscape analysis to learn more about the Latino educational leadership pipeline in Houston, which enabled the expansion of the leadership program in Houston for Latino educational leaders. Analysis consisted of publicly accessible quantitative data, conducting an on-line survey, and conducting and analyzing three qualitative focus groups (with a total of 26 participants) and one-on-one interviews with teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders.
Mi Familia Vota - Houston, TX
Led research team to develop a strategy aimed at increasing voter registration in local, state and national elections and voter turnout/participation by low-income and vulnerable populations served by health clinics. In partnership with the Episcopal Health Foundation, the research process included stakeholder interviews, state policy analysis, and clinic site observations that informed opportunities to engage potential voters.