What We Do

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What We Do

PARC’s commitment to program evaluation, action research, organizational development, leadership development, and public policy change is evident through the team’s collective work over the last 35 years. PARC has designed evaluations, measurement strategies, and tools to assess the effectiveness of a number of issues including: 

  • resident and youth leadership development
  • positive youth development and resilience
  • land use and zoning
  • youth mentoring
  • racial trauma and socialization
  • child welfare safety, permanency and well-being
  • relative caregiver supports and wellbeing
  • mental health and health intervention programs for youth and adults
  • community based alcohol and other drug prevention (access & availability)
  • recidivism in criminal justice
  • perceptions of stress and school
  • community bonding and social capital
  • organizational capacity building and staff development
  • community organizing and power analysis
  • food and recreation access
  • childhood obesity
  • health and mental health disparities
  • crime and public safety prevention
  • culture and identity
  • homeless needs assessments
  • youth activism and leadership

Dr. Grills and members of her team have conducted evaluation research and provided technical assistance projects for:

  • State of California, Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity (CRDP Phase II)
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • DHHS Administration for Children, Youth and Families (Family Connections)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (REACH)
  • LA County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
  • The Community Coalition
  • Social Model Recovery Services
  • The Praxis Project
  • BCT Partners
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Foster Youth Institute
  • SCOPE LA
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The Irvine Foundation
  • Mertz Gilmore Foundation
  • ACLU, PICO, ACORN, and Californians for Justice joint collaborative project
  • CADRE
  • Girls and Gangs
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • National Alliance for Faith and Justice
  • California Institution for Women
  • The Advancement Project