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Division of Polling and Program Evaluation Archive

cfpafinalogoThis page contains reports conducted prior to 2006. To access more recent Division of Polling & Program Evaluation reports, please visit the main Division of Polling and Program Evaluation page.

The Division of Polling and Program Evaluation specializes in public opinion polling and in both quantitative and qualitative forms of program evaluation. It 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.

Below is a list of projects with brief descriptions conducted by the Center for Policy Analysis on behalf of various groups and agencies.


Revere Cable Television Satisfaction Survey

Polling and Program Evaluation Research Series No. 44
March 2005
Sponsor: City of Revere

Project Description: Cable television service for residents of Revere, Massachusetts is provided by Comcast, Inc. Comcast's existing cable television license with the City of Revere was set to expire on December of 2006. The results of this survey assisted the City in determining how the community feels about the services provided by Comcast and the results were considered as the Mayor deliberated Comcast's application for a license renewal.


Provincetown Visitors Survey

Polling and Program Evaluation Research Series No. 41
December 2005
Sponsor: MCC Adams Grant Task Force and Provincetown Economic Development Council

Project Description: An intercept survey of 253 Provincetown visitors was conducted in the summer of 2005. The data from the survey will be used to develop marketing strategies that focus on the links between the town's cultural assets and the goals of increasing participation rates in cultural endeavors and increasing business at local establishments such as restaurants, lodging facilities, and shops.

Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)


Public Knowledge of Wastewater Issues in Barnstable County

Survey Research Series No. 40
August 2005
Sponsor: Barnstable County Wastewater Implementation Committee

Project Description: The County of Barnstable implemented a grassroots education campaign about wastewater issues across Cape Cod's fifteen communities. The survey of Cape residents was used to determine residents' knowledge about wastewater issues in the region. The results of the survey provided the basis for the education campaign.

Report Summary


Cape Cod Times Public Opinion Poll No. 1

Survey Research Series No. 39
June 2005
Sponsor: Cape Cod Times and WCAI Radio

Project Description: The poll measures the opinions of Cape and Islands residents regarding important issues facing the region, including the Cape Wind project, the performance of Governor Romney, employment, and optimism about the future. A total of 648 telephone interviews were conducted from March 2 to March 10, 2005 for a margin of error of +/- 3.9%.


Fall River Community Report Card 2004

Education Research Series No. 22
February 2004
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


Community Visioning Working Group Survey

Survey Research Series No. 35
September 2004
Sponsor: Dartmouth Police Department

Project Description: A telephone survey to solicit Dartmouth residents' views about local crime and safety. The survey also provides residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about the Dartmouth Police Department's effectiveness in several areas of crime prevention and control.


Lowell Community Report Card 2003

Education Research Series No. 20
May 2004
Sponsor: Lowell Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Lowell school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


Fall River Community Report Card 2003

Education Research Series No. 21
February 2004
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership: A Program Evaluation (Consumer Survey)

Survey Research Series No. 34
September 2003
Sponsor: Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

Project Description: An evaluation of SEMAP programs, such as the 'buy local' campaign and Harvest Handbook, was conducted using a random sample telephone survey.


Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership: A Program Evaluation (Farmer Survey)

Survey Research Series No. 33
July 2003
Sponsor: Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

Project Description: An evaluation of SEMAP programs, such as the 'buy local' campaign and Harvest Handbook, was conducted based on a mail survey sent to farmers in Southeastern Massachusetts.


Recipe for Success: Parent Involvement Survey

Survey Research Series No. 31
February 2004
Sponsor: Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce

Project Description: A survey of parental involvement in public schools was distributed to approximately 500 parents of school-aged children in City of Fall River and the Towns of Westport and Swansea. The survey is designed to assess what employers, local agencies, and businesses can do to promote parental involvement in the local schools and to determine what types of assistance parents need to become more involved in the schools. The survey is intended as a policy-making and decision-making instrument for the Sub-Committee on Parental Involvement of the Fall River Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee.


FISH Initiative Report: Focus Groups, Staff Interviews and Participant

Survey Research Series No. 30
November 2003
Sponsor: Commonwealth Corporation

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis conducted focus groups and staff interviews of participants and personnel involved in the Cape Cod and New Bedford FISH Initiative as part of a continuing program evaluation. The FISH Initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and implemented through the region's one-stop career centers. It is designed to provide job training for displaced fishermen seeking to make a career transition.


Peabody Properties, Inc: United Front Homes Resident Survey

Survey Research Series No. 29
October 2003
Sponsor: Peabody Properties, Inc.

Project Description: A survey of residents at United Front Homes, a publicly subsidized housing development in New Bedford. The survey, which is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, was designed to measure resident satisfaction and perceptions of safety.


Peabody Properties, Inc.: Melville Towers Resident Survey

Survey Research Series No. 28
October 2003
Sponsor: Peabody Properties, Inc.

Project Description: A survey of residents at Melville Towers, a publicly subsidized elderly housing development in New Bedford. The survey, which is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, was designed to measure resident satisfaction and perceptions of safety.


Standard-Times/UMass Dartmouth Survey No. 5

Survey Research Series No. 27
January 18-24, 2004
Sponsor: New Bedford Standard-Times

Project Description: A random sample scientific poll of 803 South Coast residents that measures the approval rating of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President George W. Bush, as well as voter support and approval ratings for Democratic primary candidates.


The Nursing Career Ladder Initiative (NUCLI): A Regional Needs Assessment

Survey Research Series No. 26
June 2003
Sponsor: Southeastern Workforce Investment Boards Consortium

Project Description: A needs assessment of the nursing career development infrastructure in Southeastern Massachusetts designed to inform new program initiatives to be funded by the Nursing Career Ladder Initiative (NUCLI), which is funded by a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The assessment includes (1) a description of the nursing career ladder in the region; (2) a description of the nursing career ladder in the region; (3) identification of barriers to the success of existing nurse development programs in the region; (4) identification of existing or potential service gaps in the regional programs; and (5) identification of potential program populations.


New Bedford Hope VI Caroline Street Project: A Program Evaluation, 2002-2003

Survey Research Series No. 25
June 2003
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: Program evaluation of the New Bedford Housing Authority's HOPE VI project at the Caroline Street elder apartments. The project includes physical renovation and reconstruction of the facility and the creation of a Supportive Living Center that draws support from approximately 50 non-profit and government social service organizations. The program evaluation includes process and outcomes evaluation of the Supportive Living Center, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and related job-training and job-placement services.


Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation: Community Profiles Survey

Survey Research Series No. 24
March 2003
Sponsor: Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

Project Description: A legal needs assessment survey of low-income residents in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Sandwich Community Report Card 2002

Education Research Series No. 19
December 2002
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Sandwich Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Sandwich Public Schools system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.

Full Report (PDF)


New Bedford Housing Authority Drug Elimination Program IV

Survey Research Series No. 23
November 2002
Authors: David R. Borges, Shawna E. Sweeney, and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: A report on the results of a survey of 418 heads of household residing in New Bedford Housing Authority's federal developments. The survey was conducted to assess tenant views on the effectiveness of the Authority's Drug Elimination Program.


Standard-Times/UMass Dartmouth Survey No. 4

Survey Research Series No. 22
September 22, 2002
Authors: David R. Borges and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: New Bedford Standard-Times

Project Description: A random sample scientific poll of 400 South Coast residents that measures their reactions to the events of September 11, 2001.

Full Report (PDF)


New Bedford Drug Court: A Program Evaluation 2000-2003

Survey Research Series No. 22
Authors: Robert Rosenthal and Phil Dias
Sponsor: New Bedford Department of Human Services

Project Description: The New Bedford Drug Court is targeting 300 adult non-violent misdemeanor and felony substance-abusing offenders over a three-year period. Participants are expected to engage in the program for a minimum of 12 months. The program will provide early, continuous and intensive judicially supervised treatment, mandatory drug testing, graduated sanctions, aftercare and other rehabilitative services such as education, medical resources, housing, transportation and job training. The Center for Policy Analysis is conducting an evaluation of the program to monitor its effectiveness.


New Bedford HOPE VI Caroline Street Project: A Program Evaluation 2000-2002

Survey Research Series No. 21
July 2002
Authors: Shawna E. Sweeney, Clyde W. Barrow, and David R. Borges
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: Program evaluation of the New Bedford Housing Authority’s HOPE VI project at the Caroline Street elder apartments. The project includes physical renovation and reconstruction of the facility and the creation of a Supportive Living Center that draws support from approximately 50 non-profit and government social service organizations. The program evaluation includes process and outcomes evaluation of the Supportive Living Center, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and related job-training and job-placement services.


Town of Dartmouth Planning Survey 2002

Survey Research Series No. 19
March 2002
Authors: David R. Borges, Clyde W. Barrow, Stefanie Picard, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Town of Dartmouth Open Space Committee

Project Description: A mail survey of more than 2,800 Dartmouth, Massachusetts residents. The survey was conducted to assess residents' perception of the Town and Town services and to assist in establishing planning priorities for open space preservation, residential and industrial development.

Full Report (PDF)
Open-ended comments (PDF)


Fall River Community Report Card 2002

Education Research Series No. 18
March 2001
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.

Full Report (PDF)


New Bedford Housing Authority Drug Elimination Program III Survey

Research Series No. 18
November 2000
Authors: David R. Borges, Shawna E. Sweeney, and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: A report on the results of a survey of 418 heads of household residing in New Bedford Housing Authority's federal developments. The survey was conducted to assess tenant views on the effectiveness of the Authority's Drug Elimination Program.


New Bedford HOPE VI Caroline Street Project: A Program Evaluation 2000-2001

Survey Research Series No. 17
October 2000
Authors: Shawna E. Sweeny, Clyde W. Barrow, and David R. Borges
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: Program evaluation of the New Bedford Housing Authority's HOPE VI project at the Caroline Street elder apartments. The project includes physical renovation and reconstruction of the facility and the creation of a Supportive Living Center that draws support from approximately 50 non-profit and government social service organizations. The program evaluation includes process and outcomes evaluation of the Supportive Living Center, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and related job-training and job-placement services.


Fall River Housing Authority Drug Elimination Program Evaluation 1997-2000

Survey Research Series No. 16
October 2000
Author: David R. Borges
Sponsor: Fall River Housing Authority

Project Description: Program evaluation of the Fall River Housing Authority's Drug Elimination Program for the years 1997-2000. Includes an inventory of services delivered and impact analysis.


New Bedford Housing Authority Drug Elimination Program : A Survey of Residents Survey

Research Series No. 11
April 2000
Authors: David R. Borges, Shawna E. Sweeney, and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: A report on the results of a survey of 400 heads of household residing in New Bedford Housing Authority's federal developments. The survey was conducted to assess tenant views on the effectiveness of the Authority's Drug Elimination Program.


Fall River Community Report Card 2001

Education Research Series No. 18
March 2001
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.

Full Report (PDF)


Fall River Community Report Card 2000

Education Research Series No. 17
December 2000
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.

Full Report (PDF)


Greater New Bedford School to Career Local Partnership: Final Close-Out Report

Educational Research Series No. 18
August 2000
Author: David R. Borges
Sponsor: Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis provided staff support to the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board's School to Work program by preparing the final close out report and evaluation of a three-year state grant. The grant supported teacher "externships" and mentor programs to assist teachers integrate school with career opportunities. The close-out report and evaluation includes a brief summary of school to work activities in each school district funded by the Greater New Bedford WIB, an equipment inventory, and a general narrative of program highlights.


Westport Community Report Card 2000

Education Research Series No. 16
August 2000
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Westport Community Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Westport school system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts.


Sandwich Community Report Card 2000

Education Research Series No. 15
April 2000
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Sandwich Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Sandwich Public Schools system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


Town of Swansea: Comprehensive Master Plan Opinion Survey

Research Series No. 10
January 2000
Authors: David R. Borges
Sponsor: Swansea Planning Board

Project Description: A mail survey of more than 1,200 Swansea, Massachusetts residents. The survey was conducted to assess residents' perception of the Town and Town services and to assist in establishing planning priorities for open space preservation, residential and industrial development.


Fall River Housing Authority Drug Elimination Program : A Survey of Residents

Survey Research Series No. 9
January 2000
Authors: David R. Borges, Shawna E. Sweeney, and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Housing Authority

Project Description: A report on the results of a survey of 250 heads of household residing in Fall River Housing Authority's federal developments. The survey was conducted to assess tenant views on the effectiveness of the Authority's Drug Elimination Program.


Fall River Community Report Card 1999

Education Research Series No. 12
December 1999
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.

Full Report (PDF)


Portuguese Language Instruction in Massachusetts Public Schools, Colleges, and Universities: A Survey

Education Research Series No. 11
December 1999
Authors: Shawna E. Sweeney, Clyde W. Barrow, and Diane S. Pimental
Sponsor: UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Study and Culture

Project Description: A survey of middle school and high school enrollments in Portuguese language courses in Massachusetts cities and towns with significant populations of Portuguese ancestry. The study also surveys Massachusetts colleges and universities to determine the extent and level of Portuguese language instruction and whether higher institutions offer degrees in Portuguese language and culture.


NAFTA and Trilateral Cooperation in Higher Education: Policy Initiatives in the United States

Education Research Series No. 14
November 1999
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Colegio de Mexico

Project Description: The report identifies and evaluates higher education initiatives by the federal government and by key non-governmental organizations designed to promote triliteral cooperation between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.


New Bedford Housing Authority Drug Elimination Program: Technical Assistance Report II

Survey Research Series No. 8
June 1999
Authors: David R. Borges, Michelle A. Cote, and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: New Bedford Housing Authority

Project Description: A report on the results of a survey of 250 heads of household residing in New Bedford Housing Authority's federal developments. The survey was conducted to assess tenant views on the effectiveness of the Authority's Drug Elimination Program.


Star Services : A Program Evaluation 1993 - 1998

Survey Research Series No. 7
June 1999
Authors: Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Community Center for Non-Violence, Inc.

Project Description: An evaluation of the effectiveness of batterer intervention services provided to individuals who have been arrested for violation of restraining orders and for assault and battery on their partners. The program evaluation is based on Criminal Offense Records Information (CORI) and interviews with partners.


Fall River Community Report Card 1998

Education Research Series No. 10
March 1999
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


The North American Free Trade Agreement & Academic Mobility in USA: Non-Tariff Barriers to Effective Implementation

Education Research Series No. 13
November 1998
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Colegio de Mexico

Project Description: The report examines several indicators of academic mobility between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The analysis documents that academic mobility between the United States and its NAFTA partners is quite limited and concludes that an increase in academic mobility is likely to lag cross-border economic activity. The main obstacles to the free movement of professional services in higher education do not involve tariff or non-tariff barriers and, consequently, NAFTA does not directly address the types of restrictions that obstruct greater academic mobility.


UMD Admissions Projections AY 1999 - AY 2009

Education Research Series No. 9
August 1998
Authors: David R. Borges, Clyde W. Barrow, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Office of the Chancellor, UMass Dartmouth

Project Description: This project developed a model for estimating future applications and enrollments at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth based on actual K-12 enrollments in Massachusetts public schools.


A Comparison of Commercially Farmed Scallops and Harvested Wild Scallops : A Survey of Market Attitudes Toward Price and Quality

Survey Research Series No. 6
February 1998
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and David R. Borges
Sponsor: New England Fisheries Development Association

Project Description: A mail survey of 626 seafood wholesale and retail business establishments in New England. The survey was conducted to assess market attitudes toward the relative price and quality of commercially farmed (aquaculture) scallops versus wild harvested scallops.


Legal Needs in Southeastern Massachusetts: Setting Program Priorities

Survey Research Series No. 5
December 1997
Author: Robert Hackey
Sponsor: New Center for Legal Advocacy, Inc.

Project Description: A survey to determine and assess the need for legal services among poor and moderate income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts (Plymouth and Bristol County). The survey includes a random sample scientific poll administered by telephone, a mail survey of client organizations, and selected focus groups that include underrepresented ethnic groups, local agencies, and organizations who use the sponsor's services.


Fall River Community Report Card 1997

Education Research Series No. 8
December 1997
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


Ocean Side Plaza Patron Survey

Survey Research Series No. 4
November 1997
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and David R. Borges
Sponsor: JVC Property Management Co.

Project Description: A survey to determine and assess the need for legal services among poor and moderate income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts (Plymouth and Bristol County). The survey includes a random sample scientific poll administered by telephone, a mail survey of client organizations, and selected focus groups that include underrepresented ethnic groups, local agencies, and organizations who use the sponsor's services.


Sandwich Community Report Card 1997

Education Research Series No. 7
November 1997
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Sandwich Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Sandwich Public Schools system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts. A Progress Report also highlights educational reform initiatives being implemented by the School Department to address identified problem areas.


Stoneham Community Report Card 1997

Education Research Series No. 6
November 1997
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Stoneham Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Stoneham Public Schools system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts.


The SouthCoast Regional Education Compact: The Demand for SCANS Compentencies and Skills Among SouthCoast Employers

Education Research Series No. 5
November 1997
Author: David R. Borges, Clyde W. Barrow, and Paul Vigeant
Sponsor: SouthCoast CEO Club

Project Description: A survey of 2,500 employers in Southeastern Massachusetts. The purpose of the survey is to determine what types of occupations and skills are in highest demand among regional employers. The survey will assist the region's CEO's to develop business-school partnerships and assist school superintendents to implement the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act.


Standard-Times/UMass Dartmouth Survey No. 3

Survey Research Series No. 3
October 1997
Author: Robert Hackey
Sponsor: New Bedford Standard-Times

Project Description: A random sample scientific poll of 386 residents of New Bedford and Southeastern Massachusetts to assess voter attitudes on the New Bedford Mayoral election.


A Closer Look at the Lawrence Public Schools, 1996

Education Research Series No. 4
August 1997
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Lawrence Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Lawrence school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts.


Standard-Times/UMass Dartmouth Survey No. 2

Survey Research Series No. 2
June 1997
Author: Robert Hackey
Sponsor: New Bedford Standard-Times

Project Description: Conducted a random sample scientific poll of 386 residents of New Bedford and Southeastern Massachusetts to assess voter attitudes on the New Bedford Mayoral election and the attitudes of suburban residents to development and quality of life issues affecting the region.


Sandwich Community Report Card 1996

Education Research Series No. 3
December 1996
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Sandwich Public Schools

Project Evaluation: Evaluates the performance of the Sandwich school system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts.


Standard-Times/UMass Dartmouth Survey No. 1

Survey Research Series No. 1
November 1996
Author: Robert Hackey
Sponsor: New Bedford Standard-Times

Project Description: Conducted a random sample scientific poll of 470 residents of New Bedford and Southeastern Massachusetts to assess voter attitudes on the U.S. Senate race, needle exchange referendum, and quality of life issues affecting the region.


Fall River Community Report Card 1996

Education Research Series No. 1
October 1996
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Fall River Public Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Fall River school system against eleven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts.


Westport Community Report Card 1996

Education Research Series No. 2
June 1996
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Westport Community Schools

Project Description: Evaluates the performance of the Westport school system against seven other "peer communities" using standardized measurements of "educational outputs" such as school attendance rates, retention and promotion rates, advanced curriculum enrollments, suspension rates, standardized test scores, and college attendance rates. A Comparative Performance Index was designed and copyrighted by Senior Research Associates at the Center for Policy Analysis to provide a summary comparison of the schools' performance relative to comparable schools in Massachusetts.


Patron Origination Analysis: Foxwoods Resort Casino Miscellaneous

Research Series No. 5
October 1995
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and David R. Borges
Sponsor: Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head

Project Description: Identified the geographic origins of visitors to the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, particularly the percentage of private automobiles owned by residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, as well as the percentage of tour buses originating from the same states.


Health Services/Health Curriculum Inventory & Suggested Reforms Analysis

Miscellaneous Research Series No. 4
September 1995
Author: Glenn McGee
Sponsor: Fall River School Department

Project Description: The study provides an empirical and theoretical analysis of the Fall River schools' health care delivery system. The study provides several recommendations for improving health care delivery to students and for improving health education within the schools.


Home Health Care in Southeastern Massachusetts: An Overview of Resources and Needs

Miscellaneous Research Series No. 2
June 1994
Author: Robert Hackey
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Project Description: This report was the product of a student-faculty applied research project. The report analyzes the organization and delivery of home health care services in Southeastern Massachusetts.


The Robeson Family Learning Center: 1993 Initial Assessment Survey

Miscellaneous Research Series No. 1
August 1993
Author: Robert Hackey
Sponsor: Fall River School Department

Project Description: The Robeson Family Learning Center was created as part of the Fall River school reform initiative to address the needs of students who do not enter school ready-to-learn. Its objective is to create a family curriculum that addresses health, developmental, and emotional issues that affect learning. This survey was designed to provide base-line data on the Center's clientele and programs for future evaluations of its success.

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