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Our Impact

Research & Innovation

CAP Tulsa is a leader in innovative thinking and making data-driven decisions. Our agency has a history of implementing groundbreaking research initiatives to test new products and services that help improve the lives of the people we serve.

Focusing on research and innovation allows CAP Tulsa to develop deep understandings about our clients, turning ideas into promising new programs and practices.


Center on Research on Children in the U.S.

A Georgetown University study found that low-income children participating in CAP Tulsa’s Head Start-funded early childhood education program scored higher on state math tests. They were also significantly less likely to repeat a grade or be chronically absent from school. In addition, overall positive effects from the program persist into middle school.

Key elements contributing to the program’s success include:

  • A research-based classroom curriculum
  • Strong public school collaboration
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Low teacher-student ratios in classrooms
  • Full-day, six-hour program
  • Supplemental funding to Head Start

Learn more about the Center on Research on Children in the U.S. at Georgetown.

And view the complete study.

Two-Gen Research

The CAP Family Life Study is a multi-year evaluation funded by the Health Profession Opportunities Grant, the Health Profession Opportunities – University Partners Grant, and the Kellogg Foundation. The team, led by Dr. Christopher King at the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas – Austin and Dr. P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, is evaluating the CareerAdvance® program from an implementation and outcomes perspective. Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa of New York University and Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn at Columbia serve as consultants to the project. Click below to download the reports from this study:

CareerAdvance Implementation Study, through September 2017

Impact of One Year of CareerAdvance, March 2017

CareerAdvance Implementation Study, through July 2015

CAP Family Life Study Year 4 Report, January 2014-December 2014

Risk to Ready

CAP Tulsa and its school partners are measuring school readiness in kindergarten classes around Oklahoma so programs and services for young children can focus on better preparing them for success in school and beyond. Our results let us look for risks in multiple areas – from cognitive and language development to social-emotional and physical well-being – so communities and stakeholders can develop and implement plans for helping children where they are vulnerable. Then we can go back to measure again and see if our actions have improved our children’s readiness for school.

Learn more about the Risk to Ready program.

Alumni Impact Project

A longitudinal survey project that began with families when their child was enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s 3-year-olds 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.

View the alumni impact project results.

School Experiences and Early Development Study (SEED)

The University of Oklahoma Early Childhood Education Institute is the external evaluator for CAP Tulsa’s early childhood programs, and for the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP), which is a state-funded initiative awarded to CAP-Tulsa to support and expand high quality early childhood programs for children who are three years old and younger. 

For this project, Research Associates visit participating classrooms to observe and document classroom practices and gather additional data on classroom practices and individual teacher characteristics from teacher and director surveys. Information obtained from classroom observations is shared with CAP Tulsa leadership to guide teacher professional development and inform classroom practices.

Learn more about the SEED study.