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Past Projects / Reports

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Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (APPP)

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (APPP) project was a comprehensive study with three major components. The study included an examination of activities performed by the Jacksonville Alliance for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy (Alliance), a needs and assets assessment of the zip codes served by the Alliance, and an initiative to encourage teens to express their thoughts through a variety of medium, including writing, drawing, and video.



A collaborative service learning project to 1) enhance community and personal leadership skills; 2) help elementary and middle school students from low income neighborhoods acquire the reading, writing, communication and personal qualities needed for success in the 21st century; and 3) help Jacksonville low income neighborhoods become more viable and productive.

Annenberg - The Council for Educational Change

An examination of the "Trust and Cooperation" concept as the foundation for successful schools. A sample of high-achieving and low achieving elementary schools in Florida was used. 



Boy Scouts Of America - North Florida Council

An assessment on the operations of the Northeast Florida Boy Scout Council for their Scouting in Public Housing program. This program established scout troops for targeted children in at-risk communities. 


Bridge of Northeast Florida

As part of a PEW initiative, CCI worked to assess the mechanisms through which the Bridge has become a successful program and to document how others may replicate this success. 


Bringing Theory to Practice

Taking it to the Streets: Investigating Social Problems and Improving Student Outcomes through Community-Based Research represents a unique effort, melding classroom activities with community research and civic engagement to address student' depression and substance abuse. 



Camellia Project

The Camellia Project is an interconception education and support program for Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit mothers funded by the Florida March of Dimes. Services provided by CCI include development of a project database to meet grant reporting requirements, development/adaptation of instruments to measure project indicators and outcome objectives, implementation of evaluation activities, compilation and analysis of project data for required reports, and participation in local, state and national training/meetings as needed. 


Children United with Parents (CUP)

CUP was a program focused on building positive relationships between children, their incarcerated parents, and caregivers. It was created to help decrease the cycle of crime in at-risk communities. 


Clarke School

This project evaluated the efficacy of the Clarke School's awareness program, A Sound Change – Expanding Awareness and Access to Listening and Spoken Language Services. The strategy of the program was to convene and foster a community dialogue that would expand awareness about the importance of early access to Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) services for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Clay / St. Johns Interconceptional Project

These pilot programs are part of the Florida Department of Health initiative that follows the CDC's Recommendations to improve Preconception Health and Health Care (major contributing factors to poor birth outcomes). 


Community Impact Study 2008

The 2008 Community Impact Study looked to provide the University with an inventory of faculty and student contributions to the educational, social and cultural offerings of the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida community.


Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida, and it has been committed to engaging the community through arts and culture for over 50 years. The goal of the research was to explore recognition of The Cummer Museum, community interest in its offerings, and the motivation of community members to attend art and cultural events.




Early Delinquency And Intervention Program (EDIP)

Developed in 1992 as a result of legislation introduced by then Senator Bill Bankhead, the EDIP program focused on youth with limited judicial involvement. EDIP had two components: first, a residential phase to introduce a daily structure, provide intensive school monitoring, provide therapy, and complete behavioral analysis and other assessments. Second, the aftercare phase provided one-on-one work between the youth and a case manager to work towards project goals. 


East Jacksonville Needs and Assets Assessment

With funds received from a Compassion Capital Grant, Fresh Ministries is in the planning stages of developing a strategy to increase graduation rates in a struggling neighborhood in East Jacksonville. They have focused their efforts around six issues: education, affordable housing, economic development, safety and security, family strengthening, and health. In partnership with Fresh Ministries, CCI conducted a needs and assets assessment of the neighborhood in order to maximize the planning process. 


Economic Impact of the Arts in Jacksonville

In order to investigate the economic impact of arts and culture in the greater Jacksonville area, the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives, at the request of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, is conducting an economic impact study of a number of cultural organizations located within Duval County. These organizations provide data about their operations, such as how many employees they have, how much income they generate and how income is used. 


Episcopal Children's Services

Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS) provides financial assistance to eligible families for child care and early learning programs in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties. This project included an online survey of recipients and those on the wait list to better understand the impact of their school readiness program on parents’ workforce participation. 



Failure to Hire

A look at the barriers to employment in Duval County and how they relate to unemployment disparities between the races. Sponsored by the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. 


Family Support Services

The primary purpose of this project is to analyze models for foster care and child protective services through a comprehensive critical analysis of existing service delivery projects. In addition, a spatial analysis is conducted of existing services and needs by the construction of data maps showing the location of services in Duval County. 


First Coast Counseling and Education Center (FCCEC)

Program designed to reduce high-risk behaviors in a population at-risk for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. Interventions emphasizing substance abuse prevention and behavioral change were delivered by community-based agencies. 



Homeless Census and Survey

The Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville (ESHC) conducts an annual census and survey of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless population in Duval County . The data obtained is used for procuring Federal and other external funding to provide services for the homeless. For several years, CCI has coordinated the survey component of the project with sheltered homeless individuals. Hundreds of UNF faculty, staff, and students, as well as other community members have been involved in and enriched by the project over the years. Once the census and survey data has been collected by the ESHC and the volunteers, CCI analyzes the data and provides a comprehensive report to the ESHC and the community. 




JCP Can-Do Program

An evaluation of the Jacksonville's Coalition for Prevention Can-Do program.


Juvenile Justice Evaluation Team (JJET)

A quantitative and qualitative examination of several residential facilities for juvenile offenders in Duval County.



Let Us Play

A short term, structured sports camp for at-risk adolescent girls selected by United Way agencies. The primary purpose of the assessment was to examine the relationship between participation in the sports camp and subsequent involvement of participants in physical activities and other performance domains.



Magnolia Project

The Magnolia Project is a federal Healthy Start initiative intended to decrease the high rates of infant mortality in an area of Jacksonville most affected by this problem. The population served by Magnolia consists of women of child bearing age who reside in the target area and who have little or no regular access to health care. Magnolia provides services for this population in a store-front clinic located in the heart of the target area. The services include: 1) well-woman medical services, and 2) intensive case management consisting of counseling and referrals for services to local agencies. CCI responsibilities include coordination of data collection, interviewing and focus groups, data analysis, surveys, and report production according to the federal guidelines. 


Malavai Washingtong Kids Foundation

An examination of the Malavai Washington Kids Foundation of Jacksonville youth program. 


March of Dimes Project

This Project was an evaluation of three interconception (ICC) demonstration programs in Florida that had been funded by the March of Dimes.  The goal of the evaluation was to develop a replicable program model that delivers comprehensive ICC care to high-risk women, particularly in rural areas.



P.A.C.E. Center for Girls

PACE provides girls and young women with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. CCI provided an assessment of the PACE program. 



A juvenile delinquency prevention program for young females. The objective of the study was to explore the effects of the residential stay on the girl's self-perceptions, emotional stability, maturity level, and overall commitment to program goals. 


Police Athletic League (PAL)

The purpose of the survey was to gain a better understanding of the perceptions of PAL staff with regard to program needs, concerns, and benefits. 


PREP 4Me! Teen Health Project

The 4Me! Teen Health Project is a Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), implemented by The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition (Healthy Start) and its community partners, aims to reduce area rates of teen births and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by educating youth about such sexual health issues and how to prevent risky sexual behavior. CCI is evaluating the different components of the program using program data, surveys, and focus groups.  


Project Prepare

Project Prepare is an independent living program serving homeless youth, ages 16-21. The goal of the program is to transition each youth from a state of homelessness to that of economic independence. CCI provided consultation and conducted face-to-face interviews with past and current participants.



Race Relations - Jacksonville Human Rights Commission

A comprehensive examination of the state of race relations in Jacksonville. The study included a variety of research activities including an examination of the literature (including local newspapers), a random telephone survey, face-to-face interviews, and an analysis of the Study Circles initiative. 



Scheidel Foundation Prep Club

The Prep Club Program, which was established in 2000 and funded by the Scheidel Foundation, provides incentives for school-aged children of Beaches Habitat home owners for good grades, perfect school attendance and recently, saving at least a part of their award money in a savings account established by the Prep Club managers.     CCI conducted a series of focus groups with participants, parents, and staff to glean their perspectives of the program.



Second Harvest North Florida

The primary goal of this project was to “put a face” on hunger in North Florida.  The comprehensive project was completed in two phases.  In Phase I, CCI conducted an online survey with the agencies across the 18-county North Florida Region that receive food supplies from Second Harvest North Florida.  The survey focused on the services provided as well as whom they serve.  For Phase II, CCI research team members interviewed people visiting food pantries across the 7-county Northeast Florida region in order to better understand those receiving services.



Five-year project headed by the Anglican Church designed to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the African countries of South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia . Strategies to achieve the project's goals included: HIV prevention education at the community level and in the churches, HIV testing, and linkages with other local organizations already working towards reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS. 


SPIVAK Award - American Sociological Association

An inventory of available services for homeless adults and children in the rural counties of Northeast Florida surrounding Duval County. 


Study Circle Impact

The Study Circle process, an initiative of The Jacksonville Human rights Commission (JHRC), involves diverse groups of ordinary citizens talking about the state of race relations in their community and in their own lives. Discussions focus on the “stories” of each participant. The overall goal, according JHRC, is for the participant to “begin to understand how people of another race, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation see the world.”

CCI was enlisted to assess the Study Circles and to examine how participants’ perceptions of race relations were effected by their participation. The participants were asked questions about race relations in respect to Jacksonville and about their own personal experiences, understandings, interactions, and attitudes towards diverse groups.



Theatreworks Reflective Practice

A reflective process grant to conduct a contextual evaluation of Theatreworks services. Tools used include a comprehensive literature review, an examination of historical records, focus groups and interviews, surveys of participants, and S.W.O.T. analysis with the Board. 



Western Nassau County Homeless Needs Assessment

The two primary activities of this project were to survey the homeless and / or people in needs in the Western part of Nassau County and to interview leaders of agencies, organizations, and churches that provide services to this population.


Women and Girls

The status of Women and Girls in 21st Century Northeast Florida is examined.