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Research & Innovation

Connecting Research to Practice

CAP Tulsa is committed to supporting and learning from rigorous research. To accomplish this, the agency collaborates with a variety of community and national partners to investigate and evaluate the impact of our programs and to help design new, innovative practices and programs. This work also helps the agency support learning locally and nationally.

  • Evaluating Effects of CAP Tulsa's Two-Generation Program

    This first policy brief, in a series of three from Ascend at the Aspen Institute, provides information on the effects of CAP Tulsa's two-generation approach that pairs Head Start services for children with career pathway training for parents. The study provides strong evidence that pairing high-quality Head Start services with job training for parents produces positive outcomes for parents and children beyond the benefits of Head Start alone.

    Read the full study here.

    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 Family Life Study Results Info-graphic

    CareerAdvance Implementation Study, through August 2018

    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

    CAP Family Life Study Year 1 and 2 Findings, Brief 1, May 2019

    CAP Family Life Study Year 1 and 2 Findings, Brief 2, May 2019

    CAP Family Life Study Year 1 and 2 Findings, Brief 3, May 2019

    Policy Brief Series on CAP Tulsa’s Two-Generation Education Interventions for Low-Income Parents and Children, July 2021

  • Investigating Long-Term Benefits for CAP Children

    In partnership with researchers from the Center on Research on Children in the US (CROCUS) , Georgetown University

    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.

  • Evaluating the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP)

    In partnership with OU-Tulsa ECEI

    CAP Tulsa partners with OU-Tulsa ECEI to evaluate the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP), a statewide initiative funded by a public-private partnership to expand and enhance early childhood services from birth to age three. CAP Tulsa has served as fiscal agent and grantee for the program since its inception in 2006. Annually, OU-Tulsa ECEI independently evaluates the program through classroom observation, teacher and director surveys, and child assessments. CAP Tulsa then uses these data and findings to improve strategic decision-making, professional development, and instruction.

    To learn more, view our OECP snapshot.