Current Research Needs in the Community
The Center through its annual survey of agencies has identified a variety of research needs in the community. They are listed below via 4 categories of research type:
- Best Practices/Literature Review
- Exploratory Research (including actual interventions and observational studies)
- Needs Assessment
- Program Evaluation
Additionally, under each category, the research area is identitied (Environment, Health, Poverty/Justice and Youth), along with the name of the organization followed by a brief description of the research request. You can click on each organization to bring up their online profile to learn more about them, obtain contact information, etc.
Best Practices/Literature Review
- HEALTH - Nurses for Newborns: Literature review on baby mortality rates, health issues, and child abuse in the St. Louis area, including data trends.
- POVERTY/JUSTICE - Family Resource Center: Determining the ROI on our efforts to break the cycle of chronic child abuse. Research on the cost of chid abuse in Missouri, and the return to the State and its citizens for the investment in social services at Family Resource Center.
- YOUTH - Youth Learning Center: We are looking to improve adherence to evidence-based practices to improve student academic outcomes. Research related to tutoring and teaching math/reading in an out-of-school time environment would be welcome.
- ENVIRONMENT - Gateway Greening: Gateway Greening's network of 200+ community and youth gardens provides a unique opportunity to conduct research in a variety of fields, including but not limited to biology, environmental science, physical and mental health, nutrition, sociology, social work and urban planning. We are open and eager to work with driven faculty interested in conducting research in their specialized fields through the lens of community gardening and urban agriculture.
- ENVIRONMENT - Sierra Club: Research interests inlcude utilizing GIS to examine health impacts from coal pollution in St. Louis, conducting public health and epidemiological research into the health impacts from coal in the St. Louis area, and testing of pollutants on structures within 1 mile radius of St. Louis area coal plants to look for heavy metal contamination.
- POVERTY/JUSTICE - Bilingual International Assistant Services: Research on the fairness of English language exemption standard to refugees as compared with immigrants when testing for citizenship. Assessment of negative consequences of lack of qualified federal-paid interpreters.
- POVERTY/JUSTICE - Midtown Catholic Charities: Assessment of low income housing development in the neighborhood and the effects of gentrification.
- POVERTY/JUSTICE - The Bridge Homeless Outreach: The collection of demographic survey data from our homeless guests and also conducting a qualitative study on the relationship between homeless guests and our surrounding neighbors (i.e. residents/ business persons).
- YOUTH - Central Visual and Performing Arts High School: Assessing the drop-out and pregnancy rates of teens in our area, as well as levels of parental engagement of our students.
- HEALTH - WITS, Inc.: We are looking to find out if there is a need for patients who have trouble adhering to their medical regimen or therapy to have alternative ways for accomplising their goal through virtual gaming types of devices and techniques.
- POVERTY/JUSTICE - FOCUS North America, St. Louis Chapter: Needs assessment for families living in the McKinley Heights Neighborhood.
- POVERTY/JUSTICE - Southside Catholic Charities: Assessing the mental health needs of the Latino community in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.