Illustrative Projects

Community and Public Health

Evaluation of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Together on Diabetes Initiative

The KU Work Group serves as the national evaluator for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Together on Diabetes initiative, a $100 million, 5-year initiative which targets adults in the United States that are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes. The aim of this participatory evaluation is to understand what is being accomplished by the initiative and to improve performance at the individual project and overall initiative levels. The KU Work Group developed the Community Check Box to provide the Foundation and its Together on Diabetes grantees with real-time information about how projects are progressing toward their goals and objectives. The Work Group supports grantees and leaders of the Together on Diabetes initiative to reflect on the progress being made, consider patterns in activities and outcomes, and determine what should be adjusted and improved. Program evaluations, success stories, and lessons learned are communicated through grantee reports, case studies, presentations, and publications. 

Building Capacity for Full Community Participation
In partnership with the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas, the KU Work Group received a 4-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to help understand and improve capacity to increase community participation of people with disabilities. Read More (PDF)

CDC Reach Core Grant

The KU Work Group was one of ten Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) for Communities Organized to Respond and Evaluate (CORE) programs across the nation. Our project, “Mobilizing to Reduce Health Disparities among Latinos in Wyandotte County Kansas,” takes a health equity approach to working to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease among the Latino community by implementing policy, systems, and environmental changes.

National Study of Community Efforts to Prevent Childhood Obesity 

The KU Work Group was awarded a five-year grant (2010-2015) as a scientific partner in the National Healthy Communities Study. Funded by NHLBI and several other NIH Institutes, CDC, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this national study will examine what works in community-level efforts to prevent childhood obesity in nearly 200 U.S. communities. Full Story...


Child/Youth Health and Development

Prevention Infrastructure for the State of Kansas (SRS/​AAPS) 
The Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) Addiction and Prevention Services (AAPS), has engaged partners in developing an infrastructure to support state and local efforts to prevent substance abuse. The KU Work Group has provided participatory evaluation, documentation, and technical support for this ongoing effort since 1998.

Testing the Community Change Model with Substance Abuse Coalitions (NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) 
The mission of the NIDA Coalition Project is to understand and improve the functioning of substance abuse coalitions through participatory research. This project (2007-2009) tests the effects of training and technical support on change efforts of participating substance abuse coalitions in the Midwest.

Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant to Reducte Underage Drinking in Kansas (SAMSHA/CSAP)
The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a community-focused approach to substance abuse prevention. The State of Kansas received a grant (2008-2013) to engage state and community partners in reducing underage drinking in Kansas communities. The KU Work Group has a grant to support and evaluate collaborative efforts and to reduce underage drinking at community and state levels.


Community Development and Capacity Building

Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box empowers people with tools to change our world. With over 7,000 pages of information (and growing), and available in English, Spanish, and Arabic, it includes training materials for key skill areas, real-life examples, and technical supports for problem solving. The Community Tool Box is the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world.
Visit the Community Tool Box.

Evaluating the Impact of Coalition Training for Substance Use Prevention in Lima, Peru
The KU Work Group, in partnership with Michigan State University and the Universidad Peruano Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), received a two-year grant to evaluate the effects of coalition training on implementation of community processes and associated community changes (e.g., new or modified programs, policies, environmental changes, or other activities) implemented by substance use prevention coalitions in Lima, Peru. As part of this overall effort to combat the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, this evaluation helped to determine the impact of the coalition training and efforts on rates of substance use in selected Lima municipalities. In a capacity building aspect of this project, training on participatory evaluation and documentation support was provided to the coalitions.

Project Aim4Peace
AIM4PEACE is a comprehensive public health strategy designed to reduce violence by supporting people active in their community and by connecting residents to basic services. The misison of Aim4Peace is to increase the community's capacity to handle its own disputes and empower citizens through community mobilization to peacefully resolve their conflicts. The KU Work Group provides training, technical support and participatory evaluation services for this project.
Check out the Aim4Peace website here.

Building Capacity for Full Community Participation
In partnership with the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas, the KU Work Group received a 4-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to help understand and improve the community capacity to increase community participation of people with disabilities. This multi-state project involves skills training and technical assistance on core community competencies (e.g., assessing community needs, developing an intervention, action planning) for twelve Centers for Independent Living (CILs). The CILs will use WorkStation online collaborative tools to support their learning community, and the Community Check Box to track progress on changes in programs, policies, and community practices related to community involvement of people with disabilities.

Learn more about the Tool Box.
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