Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. Appendix B: Research Questions

08/25/2014

The evaluation of the SC2 pilot addressed three main research questions. These questions are listed below, along with associated sub-research questions.

Research Question 1: What was implemented?
1.A. What barriers to economic development were cities seeking to address?
1.B. What opportunities were cities trying to capitalize upon?
1.C. What were the strategies and types of activities planned for addressing the barriers and opportunities?
1.D. To what extent did SC2 team activities align with the SC2 goals and city priorities?
1.E. How were SC2 team strategies and activities facilitated or implemented?
1.F. How did SC2 teams evolve their strategies?
1.G. What was the nature of the interaction between the SC2 teams and the cities?
Research Question 2: How did participants experience SC2?
2.A. What were the benefits and challenges in participating in SC2 from the perspectives of the cities and the federal government?
2.B. What were the opportunity costs or negative consequences of participating in SC2 from the perspectives of the cities and the federal government?
2.C. How did members’ perceptions of their SC2 team experience vary?
2.D. According to federal stakeholders, how clear was communication about expectations related to Team members’ time?
2.E. According to federal and local stakeholders, how clear was communication between SC2 teams and the host city government?
2.F. What were local stakeholders’ perceptions about team members’ qualifications and contributions?
2.G. What did people wish they knew at the outset of implementation? As implementation progressed?
Research Question 3: What has been learned that can be used to enhance future program implementation?
3.A. What aspects of the SC2 model seemed to foster accomplishments (e.g., embedding staff, providing short-term increase in local capacity, longer-term capacity building, relationship building)?
3.B. What aspects of the SC2 model appear to be replicable outside of the SC2 Initiative in existing federal grant programs and activities (e.g., embedding staff, providing short-term increase in local capacity, longer-term capacity building, relationship building)?
3.C. Which barriers to economic development were the SC2 teams most successful in addressing? Why?
3.D. What more could be done with SC2 from the perspectives of the cities and the federal government?
3.E. How did staff selection interact with team member effectiveness?
3.F. What is the value of introducing external federal staff into the existing dynamic between local communities and regional federal staff?
3.G. Was there a relationship between the expertise of the assessment team lead and/or the SC2 team lead and the types of activities implemented? If so, did this make the SC2 team’s more or less effective at achieving the city’s goals?
3.H. Where were state and/or county staff successfully engaged to support SC2 team activities?
3.I. Were there obstacles to implementation due to conflicts between local and county governments? Between local and state governments?

 

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