Current Projects

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.

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East Cleveland Neighborhood Center

East Cleveland Neighborhood Center is a community-based, youth and family-serving organization providing culturally relevant and evidenced-based programs that promote family and community resiliency. Services help youth develop age-appropriate skills with a focus on social, emotional and behavioral health, and include a summer reading program, in and out-of-school drug and alcohol prevention programs, a community youth diversion program, and distribution of shoes and clothes for kids.

The PERI team will work with the Center to analyze and report on previously collected data from two sources related to social-emotional learning. PERI is also working with the agency to create new data collection tools to measure satisfaction with and efficacy of the agency’s in and out of school alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention programs, as well as developing procedures for data management.

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Fostering Hope

Fostering Hope and the organization’s network of volunteers provide life-enhancing programs to children living in residential treatment and foster homes in Cuyahoga County. The agency provides various services under three tiers: community involvement, trauma-informed health and wellness, and providing children with positive experiences and interactions that foster self-worth.

The PERI program will enter and analyze existing data from the Hope Grows Here gardening and Hope in Balance yoga programs and provide consultation on data collection for the Open Table mentoring program. PERI will also create new data collection tools for the gardening and yoga programs, and help the agency develop protocols regarding data entry and analysis going forward.

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Cleveland UMADAOP

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.

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West Side Catholic Center

Since 1977, the West Side Catholic Center has offered hot meals, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a family shelter, and a housing solutions program to those in need at no charge, regardless of religious affiliation. The agency’s suite of trauma-informed programs includes a Resource Center, the Moriah House Family, Zacchaeus Housing Solutions, and comprehensive Workforce Development and adult education programs. The

The PERI team will provide consultation services for the agency’s workforce develop programming, which may include researching models and best practices in employment services, assessing organizational readiness, and creating an evaluation plan to measure success. PERI will also review the Center’s current data collection tools and practices.

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Golden Ciphers

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 to the Rites of Passage Programs, 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 services to the agency related to evaluating the effectiveness of the Rites of Passage Program.