The Alumni Impact Project is the Innovation Lab’s first multi-year, dual-generational survey project. Designed as an informal longitudinal study, the project combines family surveys with school performance data to develop a deeper understanding of the strengths, needs and interests of families in the early education centers.
During the Spring and Summer of 2010, over 240 families with children in the three-year-old program at five of CAP Tulsa’s early childhood education centers – Disney, Frost, McClure, Reed and Skelly – signed up to participate in one survey a year for the next five years until cohort children are in the third grade.
Survey questions were chosen based on their alignment with the agency’s Results Map which outlines the major outcomes that research has shown are critical for children, families and communities to reach their full potential. Surveys cover finances, work, banking, housing, credit, health insurance, Internet usage, and transportation. The survey also included an opportunity for families to provide feedback on CAP’s programs. One-third of participating families completed a longer survey that also covered child health, parent health, parenting, school involvement, childcare, neighborhood perceptions, and connections with the community. When possible, questions from other reliable longitudinal studies were used.
Information gathered from the project will be used by CAP Tulsa staff for decision making and program improvement. It will also assist in designing new pilot projects, documenting program impact, generating funding and community support, and providing a platform for client centered advocacy of the organization, both internally and externally.
Updates on the project will continue to be included here in the future.