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Division of Polling and Program Evaluation

cfpafinalogoThe Division of Polling and Program Evaluation specializes in public opinion polling and both quantitative and qualitative forms of program evaluation. The Division works with a wide variety of public and private organizations, including departments and agencies of state and municipal government, non-profit organizations, housing authorities, schools, media outlets, and trade associations.

Polling and Survey Research

The Center for Policy Analysis conducts a variety of survey research including telephone, mail, internet, email, and intercept surveys. Telephone surveys are conducted using the Center's 11-station Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system, which provides highly reliable data because the computer controls the questionnaire, skip patterns are executed exactly as intended, responses are within range, and there are no missing data. CFPA is also a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Program Evaluation

CFPA uses a variety of strategies to conduct process and outcomes evaluations for both public and private sector clients. The Center has a wealth of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative program evaluations for government and non-profit organizations, particularly those involved in the creative economy and healthcare.

Below is a list of projects conducted by the Center for Policy Analysis on behalf of various groups and agencies since 2006, most of which are available on-line in PDF format by clicking the report titles. Please visit the Division of Polling and Program Evaluation Archive page for reports written prior to 2006.


Southcoast Healthy Housing & Workplace Initiative (on-going)


SCHHWI Resident Baseline CoverPolling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 107
October 2013
Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Transit Authority

Project Description: CFPA is the lead evaluator for the SouthCoast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative (SCHHWI), a project of Voices for a Healthy Southcoast. SCHHWI seeks to improve heart and lung health in Fall River, New Bedford, and Wareham, Massachusetts by promoting smoke-free public and subsidized housing, worksites, and mental health and substance use treatment facilities. The two-year initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG) and is authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

A primary task of the project is to measure smoking attitudes and behaviors among the region's public housing residents. Please click here for the baseline report.


Southcoast Health System Community Needs Assessment


Southcoast Health System CNA CoverPolling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 107
October 2013
Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Transit Authority

Project Description: As a community-based health delivery system, Southcoast Health System continually strives to identify the priority health needs of the community and to ensure that its services are aligned with these needs. The Community Needs Assessment achieves this goal by documenting the major demographic, socioeconomic, and health trends among Southcoast residents and by engaging the community to develop information-driven priorities and strategies that can be implemented to improve the overall health of Southcoast residents. The study documents the major demographic, socioeconomic, and health trends among Southcoast residents, with a focus on health behaviors, health disparities, and chronic disease. 


NB Line Shuttle Evaluation - Year 2 

NB Line Cover 2013Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 107
October 2013
Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Transit Authority

Project Description: An evaluation of the Alternative Transportation Shuttle that serves the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NHP), Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Fort Taber. Named the NB Line, the shuttle system connects visitors and residents to cultural and recreational destinations throughout New Bedford. The intended outcome of the shuttle implementation is to reduce visitor inconvenience, enhance visitor experience, and improve access to destinations. This report covers year 2 of the shuttle servce.

 


Great Expectations Economic Impact Analysis & Program Evaluation


Great Expectations CoverGreat Expectations is part of an ongoing initiative by UMass Dartmouth PCE and its partners to revitalize Fall River’s downtown business district and its waterfront by making these areas attractive and accessible to businesses, residents, and visitors. Great Expectations is partly funded by the City of Fall River, the Fall River Office of Economic Development, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Adams Arts Program.

Great Expectations retained CFPA to conduct an economic impact analysis and visitor survey of 2012-2013 Great Expectations sponsored and supported activities.

 


NB Line Shuttle Evaluation, Summer 2012

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 107
October 2013
Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Transit Authority

Project Description: An evaluation of the Alternative Transportation Shuttle that serves the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NHP), Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Fort Taber. Named the NB Line, the shuttle system connects visitors and residents to cultural and recreational destinations throughout New Bedford. The intended outcome of the shuttle implementation is to reduce visitor inconvenience, enhance visitor experience, and improve access to destinations. 


Turners Falls RiverCulture: Experiences & Perceptions

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 106
July 2012
Sponsor: Town of Montague, MA

Project Description: The Turners Falls RiverCulture Project is a coordinated effort of cultural programming, which has established a varied calendar of events in Turners Falls aimed at "nurturing local artists and establishing an environment that attracts businesses, residents and visitors." This program evaluation measures the perception of RiverCulture among visitors, local businesses, and creative economy organizations/participants in terms of their knowledge of RiverCulture’s mission and its effectiveness in fostering a strong creative economy in Turners Falls.


Seasons of Change, Expect the Unexpected: Economic Impact Analysis & Visitor Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 104
December 2011
Sponsor: University Extension

Project Description: Seasons of Change, Expect the Unexpected, is part of an ongoing initiative by UMass Dartmouth's University Extension and its partners to revitalize Fall River’s downtown business district and its waterfront by making these areas attractive and accessible to businesses, residents, and visitors. Seasons of Change retained the Center for Policy Analysis to conduct an economic impact analysis and visitor survey of Seasons of Change sponsored and supported activities.


Stoneham Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 103
October 2011
Sponsor: Stoneham Cable Access, Inc.

Project Description: A telephone survey of 402 Stoneham, Massachusetts households that determines satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Statewide Casino Poll: Bay Staters Support Governor's and Legislative Leaders' Proposal to License Three Resort Casinos and One Slot Parlor

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 102
September 2011
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Project Description: A poll of 552 Massachusetts residents shows that the proposal to authorize three destination resort casinos, and one slot parlor through competitive bidding is supported by 56% of Massachusetts residents.


Illinois Casino Gamblers Prefer Smoke Free Casinos

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 101
May 2011
Sponsor: American Lung Association

Project Description: A survey of 401 Illinois casino gamblers finds that a large majority of this state’s casino gamblers either prefer casinos where smoking is prohibited on the gaming floor or it does not matter to them.


Place Your Bet III: Who Gambles at New England's Casinos and Racinos?

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 100
September 2011
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Project Description: Place Your Bet III is the third release of findings from the New England Gaming Project’s 4th New England Gaming Behavior Survey. The New England Gaming Behavior Survey was conducted to inform on-going debates about expanded gambling in New England.


Place Your Bet II: The Potential Regional Competitive Advantage of a Non-Smoking Policy for Massachusetts Casinos

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 99
April 2011
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Place Your Bet II is the second public release of findings from the New England Gaming Project’s 4th New England Gaming Behavior Survey. The analysis focuses on the potential effect of smoking and non-smoking policy on casino visitations.


Place Your Bet I: Do Massachusetts Residents Still Want Resort Casinos?

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 98
April 2011
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Place Your Bet I is the first public release of findings from the New England Gaming Project’s 4th New England Gaming Behavior Survey. The report focuses on public opinion about expanded gaming in Massachusetts, a state where casino gaming has become a perennial policy debate in the state legislature. The random sample telephone survey was administered to 1,200 Massachusetts residents and has a margin of error of 2.8% at a 95% confidence interval.


Social Capital Community Benchmarks Survey, 2011

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 97
March 2011
Sponsor: UMass Dartmouth Center for Civic Engagement

Project Description: A telephone survey of 601 SouthCoast residents that assesses key dimensions of social capital.  The initiative arose from the work of the Saguaro Seminar at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which was founded to “increase Americans’ connectedness to one another and to community institutions.”


UMass Dartmouth School of Engineering Alumni and Employer Surveys

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series Nos. 93 through 96
February 2011 through May 2011
Sponsor: UMass Dartmouth School of Engineering

Project Description: As part of the accreditation process, the UMass Dartmouth Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering programs are required to measure their effectiveness in attaining stated educational objectives and outcomes. This was achieved by administering mail and email surveys to alumni from each program and to the employers who employ these alumni. The survey result were included in each department’s accreditation report.


Martha's Vineyard Cable Television Survey   

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 92
January 2011
Sponsor: Martha's Vineyard Community Television

Project Description: A telephone survey of 606 Martha's Vinyard households that determines satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Public Transit Needs & Perceptions: City of New Bedford

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 91
January 2011
Sponsor: Garfield Foundation

Project Description: Commissioned by the New Bedford Transit Development Plan Task Force and sponsored by the Garfield Foundation, the Urban Initiative, in partnership with the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis, conducted a phone and onboard bus survey in the City of New Bedford to understand riding patterns, awareness of local SRTA bus service, satisfaction with local bus service, factors that inhibit or deter city residents from utilizing local bus service, and service changes that might encourage increased ridership and use of local transit.


Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP: Business Confidence and Policy Priorities Survey  

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 90
October 2010
Sponsor: Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Project Description: The survey of 163 business leaders assesses the opinions and perspectives of Southeastern Massachusetts business leaders on a variety of issues that relate to the state of the regional economy, the financial prospects of their individual businesses and the policy issues of greatest significance to their future development.


Community Alcohol Prevention Program (CAPP)

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 89
July 2010
Sponsor: New Bedford Department of Public Health

Project Description: The New Bedford Health Department’s Community Alcohol Prevention Program (CAPP) sponsored a campaign to address social sources of alcohol for youth. The primary purpose of this random sample telephone survey of New Bedford residents is to measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.


Poll of National Grid Customers

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 88
January 2010
Sponsor: Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound

Project Description: This random sample telephone survey explores the dynamic between a respondent’s support of wind power and their willingness to pay more for electricity produced from wind turbines.


Seekonk Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 87
January 2010
Sponsor: Town of Seekonk, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Seekonk, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Town of Barnstable Citizen Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 86
December 2009
Sponsor: Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts

Project Description: A total of 435 telephone interviews were conducted with Barnstable households from November 12, 2009 through November 21, 2009 to measure residents’ perceptions of Barnstable and their opinions about various town services and initiatives.


Longmeadow Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 85
December 2009
Sponsor: Town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Longmeadow, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Turners Falls RiverCulture: A Survey of Turners Falls Residents

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 84
October 2009
Sponsor: Turners Falls RiverCulture

Project Description: A telephone survey of 585 housheholds in the Turners Falls area that measures the awareness and perception of the RiverCulture Project.


The Economic Impact of the Vibrant Marketplace in Downtown New Bedford: 4 Projects in the Cultural Economy

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 83
September 2009
Sponsor: AHA! New Bedford

Project Description: This report includes an economic impact analysis and program evaluation of four major projects in New Bedford’s cultural economy: AHA! Thursday Nights and City Celebrates!, Greater New Bedford Summerfest, New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival , and New Bedford Open Studios.


A Public Opinion Survey of Brockton, Massachusetts Registered Voters Regarding the Proposal To Construct a Natural Gas Power Plant in Brockton

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 82
July 2009
Sponsor: Advanced Power Services, LLC

Project Description: A random sample survey of 400 registered voters in the City of Brockton, Massachusetts to measure their support and opposition to a proposed natural gas power plant in the city’s Oak Hill Industrial Park.


Truro Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 81
June 2009
Sponsor: Town of Truro, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Truro, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Social Capital Community Benchmarks Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 80
May 2009
Sponsor: UMass Dartmouth Center for Civic Engagement

Project Description: A telephone survey of 606 SouthCoast residents that assesses key dimensions of social capital.


Norfolk Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 79
May 2009
Sponsor: Town of Norfolk, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of  Norfolk, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Springfield Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 78
April 2009
Sponsor: City of Springfield, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Springfield, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the city's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


ArtsUnion Economic Impact Analysis & Program Evaluation

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 77
March 2009
Sponsor: Somerville Arts Council

Project Description: The Somerville Arts Council, working with the Somerville Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, implemented an arts-based economic development program in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. "ArtsUnion" is a project initiative designed to boost the cultural economic development of Union Square in Somerville. The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by Somerville Arts Council to conduct an economic impact analysis of the ArtsUnion project. This report also includes results from the special event and craft market surveys as well as results from a survey completed by artists and artisans.


Wellfleet Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 76
January 2009
Sponsor: Town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Wellfleet, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


South Hadley Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 75
January 2009
Sponsor: Town of South Hadley, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of South Hadley, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Dennis Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 74
January 2009
Sponsor: Town of Dennis, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Dennis, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Mashpee Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 73
December 2008
Sponsor: Town of Mashpee, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Mashpee, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Public Knowledge of Wastewater Issues in Barnstable County II

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 72
August 2008
Sponsor: Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative & The Association to Preserve Cape Cod

Project Description: In 2005, the County of Barnstable and its partners undertook a project to develop and implement a grassroots education campaign about wastewater issues across Cape Cod’s fifteen towns. A central component of the project included a telephone survey of 648 Barnstable County residents. The goal of the survey was to measure the general knowledge and attitudes of residents regarding wastewater, which provided the basis for the project’s education campaign. This follow-up survey measures changes in Cape residents’ knowledge of wastewater issues compared  to knowledge levels before the education campaign was launched in 2005.


Chatham Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 71
Auguist 2008
Sponsor: Town of Chatham, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Chatham, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Harwich Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 70
July 2008
Sponsor: Town of Harwich, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Harwich, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Falmouth Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 69
November 2008
Sponsor: Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Falmouth, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Reading Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 68
June 2008
Sponsor: Town of Reading, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Reading, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Rowley Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 67
April 2008
Sponsor: Town of Rowley, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Rowley, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Yarmouth Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 66
September 2008
Sponsor: Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Yarmouth, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Sandwich Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 65
October 2008
Sponsor: Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Sandwich, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


AHA! Economic Impact Analysis and Program Evaluation 2007-2008

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 64
July 2008
Sponsor: AHA! New Bedford and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Project Description: This report includes an economic impact analysis and program evaluation of AHA! Thursday Nights and Open Studios.


Hull Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 63
April 2008
Sponsor: Town of Hull, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Hull, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Canton Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 62
March 2008
Sponsor: Town of Canton, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Canton, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Easton Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 61
February 2008
Sponsor: Town of Easton, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Easton, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


Legal Aid Coalition of Southeastern Massachusetts: Needs Assessment Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 60
March 2008
Sponsor: Legal Aid Coalition of Southeastern Massachusetts

Project Description: A needs assessment survey that identifies the most critical legal needs of low-income residents in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth Counties. The study includes three major components: a telephone survey of low-income residents in the five county target area, a self-administered survey completed by low-income residents at various sites throughout the five county target area, and two focus groups held in New Bedford and Barnstable, Massachusetts.


RiverCulture Economic Impact Analysis and Visitor Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 59
November 2007
Sponsor: Town of Montague, Massachusetts

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by the Town of Montague to conduct an economic impact analysis and program evaluation of RiverCulture. The RiverCulture Project was established to further existing efforts to promote cultural economic development. The RiverCulture Project is a coordinated effort of cultural programming, which has established a varied calendar of events in Turners Falls aimed at "nurturing local artists and establishing an environment that attracts businesses, residents and visitors."


CyberArts Economic Impact Analysis and Program Evaluation 2007

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 58
September 2007
Sponsor: Boston Cyberarts, Inc. & Massachusetts Cultural Council

Project Description: The report includes a program evaluation and economic impact analysis of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival was held from April 20 to May 6, 2007 and included 60 arts and educational organizations and over 200 artists, curators and professionals.


Randolph Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 57
December 2007
Sponsor: Town of Randolph, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Randolph, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


 

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 56
September 2007
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Project Description: A random sample poll of Massachusetts residents that asked "Do you support or oppose Governor Deval Patrick's plan to authorize three destination resort casinos in Southeastern Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts and Greater Boston?"


Assessment of Childcare Needs in Southeastern Massachusetts

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 55
July 2007
Sponsor: UMass Dartmouth Children's Center for Learning

Project Description: The Children's Center for Learning at UMass Dartmouth is a licensed, professionally staffed early learning facility that is available for the children of UMass Dartmouth students, faculty and staff and to the community at large. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of supply and demand for childcare in Southeastern Massachusetts and if these levels justify the expansion of childcare services at the Children's Center for Learning. Expansion possibilities include an increase in the number of childcare slots, expanding the ages of children served, and extending the times of operation, including summer care.


TransCultural Exchange: International Opportunities in the Arts Economic Impact Analysis and Visitor Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 54
June 2007
Sponsor: TransCultural Exchange

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by TransCultural Exchange to conduct an economic impact analysis and visitors survey of the Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts. TransCultural Exchange's (TCE) 2007 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts was the first ever Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts to be held in America. More than 60 representatives from around the world joined over 350 attendees and 25 moderators to converge in Boston during the weekend of April 27-29, 2007, turning Boston into the hub of the global arts community.


Carver Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 53
February 2007
Sponsor: Town of Carver, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Carver, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


AHA! Thursday Nights in the City: Visitor's Survey 2006

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 52
October 2006
Sponsor: AHA! Committee

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis was retained to conduct a visitor survey of AHA! in New Bedford. On AHA! nights, downtown businesses and attractions remain open until 9:00 pm to attract additional visitations and expenditures by tourists and out-of-town visitors. The survey was conducted to develop a basic profile of AHA! visitors, to determine the reasons that people come to AHA!, to determine if AHA! Night is attracting new, first-time visitors, and to determine how much money visitors spend downtown during AHA! events.


Franklin Cable Television Survey

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 51
October 2006
Sponsor: Town of Franklin, Massachusetts

Project Description: A telephone survey of Franklin, MA households to determine satisfaction levels with the cable television services provided by Comcast. The results were used as part of the town's negotiation process with Comcast during the cable license renewal process.


The Status of Women in Bristol County

Polling and Program Evaluation Research Series No. 46
January 2006
Sponsor: Office of the Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Project Description: The purpose of The Status of Women in Bristol County is to assist the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts to better understand the needs of women in Bristol County as a whole, as well as the women in the two major cities of Fall River and New Bedford. The report consists of two sections: (1) a compendium of data on women in Bristol County that includes data on income, education, health, and employment and (2) a telephone survey of women in Bristol County. This data will be used as a beginning for a more informed conversation about the status of women in Bristol County and as a step toward achieving the mission of the Women's Fund of "supporting programs that develop, promote and protect the mind, body, spirit and choices of women and girls."


Frederick Douglass Avenue/Brockton Downtown Revitalization Plan Feasibility Report

Polling and Program Evaluation Research Series No. 45
May 2006
Sponsor: Kendel Hotel Group, LLC

Project Description: The Frederick Douglass Avenue/Downtown Brockton Revitalization Plan envisions the creation of a heritage tourism destination contained within a new arts and entertainment district. The revitalization plan calls for the rehabilitation of several underutilized commercial buildings to anchor a vibrant commercial and retail streetscape. A telephone survey was conducted to assess the potential size of the primary and secondary markets for the proposed project and to evaluate the project's feasibility for potential investors and lenders.

Report not available.

Community Alcohol Prevention Program (CAPP)

Polling & Program Evaluation Research Series No. 89
July 2010
Sponsor: New Bedford Department of Public Health

Project Description: The New Bedford Health Department’s Community Alcohol Prevention Program (CAPP) sponsored a campaign to address social sources of alcohol for youth. The primary purpose of this random sample telephone survey of New Bedford residents is to measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

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