Community Resilience and Recovery Initiative: Final Evaluation Report. Lorain

03/27/2014

Lorain's PRIDE provided several community-level indicators in their final project report, as indicated in Table 4-9. Several of these indicators came from their community surveys, which were conducted with 300 households in both 2011 and 2012.

TABLE 4-9 Community Variables for Lorain 2010-2012

  2010 2011 2012
Number of domestic violence incidents   2,630     2,627     2,216  
Suicide risk reported during crisis interventions * 853 700
Perceived connectedness to community * 96% 92%
Awareness of local behavioral health supports * 92% 93%
Number of reports of child abuse and maltreatment   * 987 1,078
* Not available.

As with the Union City data, these numbers are inconclusive; domestic violence incidents and calls to the crisis hotline regarding suicidal individuals both decline over the time period of the grant, but the number of reports of child abuse and maltreatment increases sharply and respondents' perceived sense of connectedness to the community declines. Westat would draw no conclusions from these limited data and we similarly caution the reader from drawing any connections between the CRRI program and these results. There are numerous contextual and historical factors that would need to be taken into account, and over a longer period of time, to assess any potential impact of the CRRI initiative in this community.

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