Center for Community Research and Engagement

Community Research and Program Evaluation

CCRE also has extensive experience in evaluating planning efforts and partnerships. Many of CCRE's evaluation work is with diverse groups and has called for devising new evaluation strategies for collecting data and providing feedback to such groups.

Current Projects:

Past Projects

Current Projects Details:

Remaking Senior Centers for Diverse Populations and a "New Old Age"
This project will investigate the extent to which Senior Centers are fulfilling their mandate to serve the most disadvantaged older adults and to meet the needs of diverse consituencies. CCRE will identify programs with the greatest potential to provide necessary resources to diverse populations; promote meaningful inter-ethnic and intergenerational exchanges and relationships; and stimulate the meaningful civic engagement that has been identified as an essential ingredient for both optimal aging and societal well-being.

Centralville Friends for Improvement, Revitalization, and Enforcement (C-FIRE)
The goals of C-FIRE are to lower crime and delinquency and improve public safety, economic vitality, and the quality of life for Lowell's Centralville residents by addressing chronic crime hotspots and indicators of neighborhood distress. As the research and evaluation partner, CCRE provides technical assistance on assessing gaps in services; analyzing and using data to clearly define problems, goals, and measurable objectives; and identifying evidence-based and innovative strategies.

Healthy Teens Healthy Relationships Program Evaluation
The goal of this initiative is to reduce teen pregnancies and STIs among youth in Greater Lowell through implementing an evidence-based curriculum and increasing protective factors. CCRE's role is to provide technical assistance, analysis, and reporting of program outcomes and process evaluation measures.

Shannon Grant Local Action Research Partner
The Shannon Program supports multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention. CCRE is working with the Lowell Shannon Community Safety Initiative providing technical assistance, research, and evaluation, as well as documenting the impact. 

Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Reentry Partnership
CCRE facilitated a year-long strategic planning process with the Lowell Police Department, community-based organizations and governmental agencies to develop a comprehensive 5-year Greater Lowell ex-offender reentry strategic plan. The plan assisted the LPD in winning a 750k pilot implementation grant from the US Bureau of Justice Assistance. Our current role is that of researcher and evaluator.