Community-Based Research

Community-based research involves a collaborative effort between our researchers and partners and provides positive social change. Our work influences policy and practice relative to a particular community and the issue for which they are seeking our support and expertise. We serve as a research partner and provide technical assistance to many schools and community organizations to help them identify where they need the help and if a particular program or service to successful for students/clients.


Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center Project AWARE

The Begun Center serves as the local evaluator for the Educational Service Center for Cuyahoga County’s (ESC/CC) Project AWARE. Project AWARE is a SAMSHA funded project in which Ohio and three local educational authorities received five-year funding. The project ends in September 2019 absent a no-cost extension. The goal of Ohio’s Project AWARE is to raise awareness of behavioral health issues among school-aged youth; provide training to detect and respond to mental health challenges and crisis in children and young adults; and to increase access to behavioral health supports for children, youth and families. ESC/CC is one of the three local educational authorities for the project. As the local evaluator The Begun Center was hired in Year 3 to provide an assessment of ESC/CC’s progress in meeting its goals and objectives as set forth in its Coordination and Integration Plan.

Research Team: David L. Hussey (Principal Investigator), Michelle L. Riske-Morris, Laura T. Overman, Rebecca A. Bray, Chase Klingenstein

Learn more about Project AWARE Ohio


Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative

The Begun Center serves as the evaluation partner for the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI). Evaluation activities include identification of appropriate assessment instruments, analysis of screening and pre/post test data for youth receiving trauma-informed care, evaluation of training sessions held for the child-serving agencies in the area, and possible assessment of the effectiveness of a community awareness campaign.

Research Team: Jeff Kretschmar (Principal Investigator), Daniel J. Flannery

Learn more about the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative


MyCOM Initiative

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cleveland Foundation for the county-wide MyCom Initiative. The focus of MyCom is youth advocacy, neighborhood mobilization, youth engagement, key transitions, employment/job readiness and out-of school time.

Research Team:  Daniel J. Flannery, Mark S. Fleisher, Rodney Thomas, Chase Klingenstein

Read about MyCom.


Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council to evaluate various programs for youth related outcomes.

Research Team: Chris Stormann (Principal Investigator), Angela K. Kavadas, Tiffany M. Walker

Learn about our work with Family and Children First Council.


Healthy Transitions

The Begun Center will provide evaluation services to the Ohio Department of Mental Health Services and the Wingspan Care Group for a five-year SAMHSA System of Care award supporting transitional age youth with a serious emotional disturbance, a serious mental illness, or a co-occurring intellectual developmental disability in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.

Research Team: Chris Stormann (Principal Investigator), Tiffany M. Walker, Khyati Patel


Project IMPACTT

The Begun Center provides evaluation services for the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) funded Project IMPACTT, administered by the Cleveland Clinic health system, serving children and youth with epilepsy. IMPACTT (Integrating Mobile Provider Access for Telemedicine and Transition) seeks to improve care for this young population, who are at increased risk of being bullied, having depression and anxiety, and suicide. Telemedicine includes face to face cameras allowing patients to meet with providers virtually, and use of Cleveland Clinic's record keeping and communication system MyChart. This project seeks to make families partners in decision making using a medical home model, and uses Got Transition framework to help youth transition from the pediatric to adult system of health care.

Research Team: Jane Timmons-Mitchell (Principal Investigator), Laura T. Overman, Krystel Tossone

Stark County High Fidelity Wraparound

The Begun Center provides evaluation services for the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) funded Project IMPACCT, serving children and youth with epilepsy. This young population are at increased risk of being bullied, having depression and anxiety, and suicide. 

Research Team: Jane Timmons-Mitchell (Principal Investigator), Laura T. Overman

Cuyahoga County Wraparound / Tapestry System of Care

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services to evaluate the effectiveness of Tapestry System of Care.

Research Team: Jane Timmons-Mitchell (Principal Investigator), Laura T. Overman, Duoduo (Jeff) Huang

Learn more about our work with the Cuyahoga County Wraparound / Tapestry System of Care.


Ohio Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for their SAMHSA funded Safe Schools Health Students (SSHS).

Research Team: David L. Hussey (Principal Investigator), Michelle L. Riske-MorrisChase Klingenstein

Visit SAMHSA.gov to learn more about the federal SSHS initiative