Urban Core Collaborative

Sponsor:  W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Principal Investigator:  Kelly Robertson
April 1, 2012 – October 15, 2014


This external evaluation will use a developmental evaluation approach to asses the launch and growth of the Urban Core Collaborative (UCC). The UCC is a community-based collaborative that is working to increase the capacity of local organizations to enact systemic change throughout neighborhoods of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The evaluation will transition to an impact assessment to determine the extent to which UCC has increased the capacity of local organizations and cultivated leaders in communities of color.

To learn more about the Urban Core Collective, visit their website: http://urbancorecollective.org/ or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UrbanCoreCollective

Jason Burkhardt, M.A.

Jason Burkhardt, M.A.
Project Manager

Phone: 269-387-5913

Evaluation of the Race Exhibit Initiative

Sponsor:  WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Principal Investigator:  Stephanie Evergreen
December 31, 2010 – June 1, 2012

The Race Exhibit Initiative is a collaborative formed by community organizations in the Kalamazoo area to produce events for the community. The events are intended to engage participants in dialogues around race in anticipation of the Race Exhibit. The evaluation seeks to understand the extend that awareness or understandings about race have changed and to document the process of working together on such a complex issue.

REI Final Evaluation Report


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Cultural Connections Evaluation


Fulbright Hayes Group Study Abroad Grant

Project staff

W. F. Santiago-Valles
Yvette Hyter

Yuanlong Liu
Stephanie Evergreen


The Center will provide feedback and reflection opportunities for the current group of scholars who traveled to West Africa to develop curriculum for implementation in midwest US classrooms.  The Haenicke Institute for Global Education; the departments of Speech-Language Pathology, Africana Studies, and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and numerous public schools around the midwest are collaborating with the Center on this work. See the project’s website for more information.


Evaluation of Sobriety Court


Muskegon County

Project staff

Stephanie Evergreen, Principal Investigator
Kelly Robertson, Research Associate


The external evaluation of Muskegon County’s Sobriety Court uses longitudinal data and interviews with ex-offenders to examine effectiveness and impacts.  Recidivism, improved education and employment, secure housing, and sobriety are main project outcomes the evaluation is assessing.  Beyond this, the evaluation seeks to understand the main participant groups taking part in Sobriety Court, to help the client see with whom the court system is having the most success.

Ultimately, the evaluation showed that the program reduced recidivism and was cost effective. SC Evaluation Final Report.





Kelly RobertsonWikipedia: Kelly Robertson is a Canadian curler and grain and cattle farmer from Neepawa, Manitoba.