PERI works with local nonprofit organizations to measure the success of programs and services provided to the community. We walk them through the process of identifying the key points of a program or service, how to measure its success, and where adjustments can be made to improve outcomes.
Cleveland UMADAOP (Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Project) is a nonprofit agency whose primary mission is to improve the quality of life in the African American community by preventing and reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors. The agency addresses issues and concerns around prevention of substance use and abuse across life spans, recovery supports for persons suffering from chemical addictions, and reentry supports for the ex-offender population.
The PERI project will focus on opportunities to improve program effectiveness and data collection practices for the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a performance arts-based program that uses poetry to develop positive personal and social outcomes for young men, including literacy skills, positive self-identity, self-efficacy, and fraternal relationships.
Golden Ciphers is the first agency to submit a proposal (and be accepted) to participate in the PERI program for a second time. Golden Ciphers is seeking services related Rites of Passage Programming, which include co-ed alumni of other agency services and their family members, as well as volunteers and interns. The agency is beginning to offer this program to the re-entry population, several Cleveland Metropolitan School Districts, and as a juvenile diversion program. The program involves a commitment to Golden Ciphers as lifetime members, completion of ritual activities, a test, and community service learning projects.
The PERI team will provide consultation and evaluation services to the agency related to evaluating the impact of instilling Nguzo Saba principles throughout the agency. More specifically, PERI will develop a Nguzo Saba survey, assist with the selection of additional evaluation tools, pilot test surveys created and chosen with past Rites of Passage participants, analyze and report findings, and assist with the development of future data collection and summary procedures.