Research Initiatives

Case Studies

In 2016, CAP Tulsa was one of five case studies as real-world examples of an ECE program that has successfully used data linked with health, early intervention, TANF and other social services data through the project, Building Capacity to Use Linked Early Childhood Data, was funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in partnership with the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More can be found on the ASPE website.

Case Study #1: Tulsa Community Action Project’s Commitment to Data-Driven Decision-Making


Innovation Lab is leading CAP Tulsa’s participation in these national evaluations:

Family Advancement Study
A 5-year study of CAP Tulsa’s two-generation approach, which combines high quality early childhood education with adult education and training under the CareerAdvance® program. The study is using a randomized controlled trial with quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate program implementation and effectiveness.

Family Life Study
A 5-year implementation and outcomes study of CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance® program. This study is using a matched comparison design with quantitative and qualitative methods, including measures of adult well-being and child assessments.

Family Economic Success – Early Childhood Initiative
An evaluation of two-generation programs led by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. CAP Tulsa is one of four participating sites.

Alumni Impact Project
A longitudinal survey project that began with families when their child was enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s 3-year old program. Families were interviewed annually until their children completed second grade. Families shared information about a range of domains related to themselves and their children.

In 2014, CAP Tulsa was also selected to become part of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network.  With 58 member organizations from around the country, the Network’s goal is to mobilize empowered two-generation organizations and leaders to influence policy and practice changes that increase economic security, educational success, social capital, and health and well-being for children, parents, and their families.