Current Projects



The Coalition to End the Abuse of Substances (CEASe) of Scott County coordinates collaborative efforts to prevent youth substance abuse. The AREC is providing local evaluation services to promote continuous improvement of CEASe efforts and assist with reporting requirements of the grant. In addition, in support of CEASe efforts to assess the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in their community as they launch an effort to build a trauma-informed community, AREC is conducting a community-wide ACE Survey and is facilitating local discussions on how to build resilience.

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Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) received a Lilly Endowment Inc., Gift VII Planning Grant and is using a portion of the grant to support an update to the 2015 needs assessment. AREC staff will host listening sessions throughout Clark and Floyd counties for input on topics of interest for a new and expanded survey. The team will administer the survey early in 2020, followed by focus groups with underrepresented portions of the community. Findings will be shared through a report, social media, and community forums and presentations.

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Harrison County Community Foundation

Jump Start is a five-year Pre-K pilot targeting low-income children as a parallel to the statewide Early Education Matching Grant (EEMG) pre-K pilot. The Harrison County Community Foundation is funding full-day quality pre-K for up to 200 low-income and at-risk children in Harrison County. The Applied Research and Education Center provides evaluation services for the pilot.

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Indiana University Grand Challenges

The AREC is partnering with Psychology faculty from IUPUI and IU South Bend to better understand long term recovery from Substance Use Disorder. The goal is to better understand the experiences of people in long term recovery from Substance Use Disorder so that we can know how to best support those in recovery. The research team is working with partners at LifeSpring Health Systems in southern Indiana and Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center and Pam’s Promise, both in Indianapolis. The research team is conducting focus groups with people in recovery, friends and family, community members, and service providers to better understand recovery supports and barriers, and to explore attitudes toward Medication-Assisted Treatment. Phase 2 of the study will follow study participants in treatment for the next three years.

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LifeSpring Health Systems

AREC is providing external evaluation services for a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant that supports the integration of primary and behavioral health care services.

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Scott County Community Foundation

As part of their Lilly Endowment Inc. Gift VII Planning Grant, the Scott County Community Foundation (SCCF) is working with the AREC to conduct a community needs assessment. The project includes informational interviews with residents, a county-wide survey, and focus groups discussions that will yield an assessment of needs and priorities. The SCCF will use the findings to guide community development efforts and strategic grant making. Findings will be shared through a report, social media, and community forums and presentations.

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The AREC is conducting a research study of the YMCA’s Youth Engagement in Sports Initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and Office of Women’s Health. The YMCA YES program provides youth memberships and Garmin fitness trackers to youth living in the neighborhood surrounding the brand new Republic Bank Foundation YMCA in west Louisville. All youth in the study have access to the YMCA and its activities. The research team randomly assigns youth to either the control or expanded intervention group. The intervention group receives structured physical fitness and nutrition education and activities two days per week. The study seeks to understand the impact of regular participation in a structured program on physical activity, nutrition behaviors, and social outlook.