Current and Recent Projects

Andrew University Risk Behavior Survey

This survey has been conducted about every five years. We examine the prevalence of youth risk behaviors, risk and protective factors, and trends in risk behaviors. These studies have resulted in a number of research presentations/publications for IPA related faculty and students as well as national and research awards for students. The data was collected in March of 2018 and is now being analyzed. We will examine the role of religion, parental bonding, childhood trauma, personality, and mental health on substance use and obesity. Follow up research was done in the form of qualitative interviews on the motivation for not using substances or engaging in other high-risk behavior.

Global Church Member Survey

This project was a meta-analysis of data collected by a variety of research teams from all Divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church during 2017-2018. Questions and analysis focus on a wide variety of beliefs, practices, and health. A report was made to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist in October of 2018. Analysis is ongoing with presentations at major conference scheduled for 2019.

Analysis of Data for Survey on LGBT Youth Family Rejection

This project is analyzing data on family reaction of LGBT children and health risk behaviors.

United Way Evaluation Projects

The United Way of Southwest Michigan has contracted with the Center for Community Impact Research to develop and monitor its four community Impact Areas: Health, Education, Income, and Basic Needs.  Students from the Andrews University Social Work Department’s Advanced Practice Evaluation class also conduct six to eight individual program evaluations for local agencies each year. Current programs under evaluation include:

Girls on the Run

The purpose of this program evaluation is to determine whether girls who participated in the 2013 Girls on the Run (GOTR) and Girls on Track (GOT) programs in Berrien County, Michigan experienced improvements in four major areas: a) self-esteem; b) body image; c) participation in physical activity; and d) commitment toward physical activity.   Results from the 2012 program evaluation showed statistically significant improvements in all four areas.  New areas for evaluation in this year’s survey included levels of bullying, healthy eating choices, and amount of screen time with all forms of media.  This is the third year we have conducted this survey for the United Way.

Adult Health Programs

This evaluation combines questions from a nationally normed health behavior surveys to examine whether patients across five United Way-funded programs showed improvements in physical and emotional health because of services provided.

Pre-School Education Programs

This program evaluation tracks changes in children’s’ developmental risk statuses of United Way-funded pre-school programs.  The evaluation collects and analyzes data using the nationally normed Ages and Stages and Brigance developmental evaluations.