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 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 about the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative

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.

MyCOM Initative

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-Goldner, 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), Angela K. Kavadas-Goldner, Tiffany M. Walker

Project IMPACTT

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, 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, Krystel Tossone