Annual Report

This annual report on behalf of the UWF CORAL Center summarizes three areas of focus of the center activities for the academic year 2013-2014: (1) Research Projects and Contracts with Community-based Research Efforts; (2) CORAL Center Personnel and Responsibilities; and (3) CORAL Center Events and Activities. Each of the focus areas is summarized in outline form.


Annual Report for CORAL Center (2013-2014)

Submitted May 1, 2014
Carla Thompson, Director

Download the PDF version of this report: UWF CORAL Center Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF)

Research Projects & Contracts (2013-2014)

Project 1

  • Funding Source: National Science Foundation Location: University of West Florida
  • Partner(s): UWF School of Psychological and Behavioral Studies
  • PI: Dr. Eman El-Sheihk
  • Title: UWF ADVANCE Project
  • Duration: August 2011 – July 2016 Total
  • Amount: $587,000
  • CORAL Center Amount: Stipend for Principal Evaluator & GA for Project
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Assessment Development & NSF Project Evaluation Completing Year Three of the Five Year Evaluation (2013-2014)

Project 2

  • Funding Source: UWF Faculty Catalyst Grant
  • Location: University of West Florida
  • Partner(s): Santa Rosa County Schools, Florida
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson
  • Title: Homeless and Unaccompanied HS Youth: Career/College Awareness Evaluation
  • Duration: January 2014-May 2015
  • CORAL Center Amount: $3800
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Design, Conduct and Present Research/Evaluation Project for N= 40 HS Homeless and unaccompanied youth who have experienced a career/college awareness intervention program and publish article of results.

Project 3

  • Funding Source: Title I FDOE
  • Location: Santa Rosa County School District, Florida
  • Partner(s): Santa Rosa County School District, Florida
  • Title: Santa Rosa County School District Early Reading Intervention Project (Year 6: 2008 to present)
  • PI: Carla Thompson (UWF) Duration: June 2013–August 2014
  • CORAL Center Amount: $53,200
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Continue the year six effort of conducting an observational and quasi-experimental research study of an early reading intervention model.

Project 4

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: CORAL Center
  • Partner(s): GBSI Business Solutions and Saufley Federal Prison (Pensacola)
  • Title: Evaluation Study of Recidivism Intervention Program by GBSI
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson
  • Duration: January 2014 – November 2014
  • CORAL Center Amount: Community Outreach Service
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Perform data analyses of pre and post intervention and analyses pertinent to the project as well as presentations/publications as appropriate.

Project 5

  • Funding Source: UWF ITEP 2013 Grant Proposal Follow-up
  • Project Location: CORAL Center
  • Partner(s): IBM SPSS Corporation and UWF IT Department (Mike Deickman)
  • Title: Exploring Innovative Data Venues for Mixed Methods Research in the Social Sciences: Using Enhanced Sophisticated Data Analysis Software
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: July 2013- September 2013
  • CORAL Center Amount: $79,125
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Related to the use of SPSS Text Analytics to justify Access for faculty and students via IT assuming the responsibility and contract for usage.

Project 6

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: Alzheimer’s Family Services, Pensacola, Florida
  • Partner(s): AFS and Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, Florida
  • Title: Stress Assessment and Family Education (SAFE) for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers: Promoting Informed Decision-Making
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: July 2013-July 2014
  • CORAL Center Amount: Community Outreach Service
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Data analysis, interpretation, and presentation to AFS.

Project 7

  • Funding Source: National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership (NSF 12-518) Solicitation: Targeted Partnerships: Identifying and Cultivating Exceptional Talent
  • Location: Gadsden County Schools, Quincy, Florida
  • Partner(s): Gadsden County Schools and Tallahassee Community College
  • Title: Gadsden’s Got Talent: Identifying and Nurturing Non-Cognitive Influences for Preparing Future Engineers (Proposal Preparation Collaboration)
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: October 2013 – August 2014
  • Total Amount (Requested): $1.5 million (three year project) submitted March 2014
  • CORAL Center Amount: $500,000 (Partners will be subcontracted)
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Data Analysis for Internal Evaluation and Hosting to NSF

Project 8

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: Sacred Heart Hospital & UWF Center for Autism, Pensacola, Florida
  • Partner(s): Sacred Heart Hospital & UWF Center for Autism
  • Title: Evaluation Plan for UWF Autism Center Parent Empowerment Project
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: October 2013 – October 2014
  • Total Amount: No Funding (Community Outreach Service)
  • CORAL Center Amount: No Funding (Community Outreach Service)
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Data Analysis for Internal Evaluation and Reporting to Autism Society of Pensacola

Project 9

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: Santa Rosa County School District
  • Partner(s): Santa Rosa County Schools
  • Title: Leader Instrument Assessment Validation Study for SR County Superintendent
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: October 2012 – April 2013
  • Total Amount: No Funding (Community Outreach Service)
  • CORAL Center Amount: No Funding (Community Outreach Service)
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Examining Reliabilities and Validation of Assessment Instruments to Select Educational Leaders and Reporting to Superintendent

Project 10

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: Santa Rosa County School District
  • Partner(s): Santa Rosa County Schools (Office of Federal Programs)
  • Title: Evaluation of Homeless & Unaccompanied Youth Intervention Program
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: October 2013 – December 2014
  • Total Amount: No Funding (Community Outreach Service)
  • CORAL Center Amount: No Funding (Community Outreach Service)
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Data Analysis for Internal Evaluation and Reporting to Santa Rosa School District

Project 11

  • Funding Source: The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans’ Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program Federal Grant Program
  • Location: UWF CORAL Center & UWF Department of Nursing
  • Partner(s): UWF Department of Nursing
  • Title: REDEPLOY TO HEALTHCARE
  • PE: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: Grant Proposal Second Submission January 2014- August 2014
  • Total Amount: Requested Funding = $300,000
  • CORAL Center Amount: (pending approval) $21,000
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: Evaluation of Project

Project 12

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: UWF CORAL Center & Hurlburt Air Force Field
  • Partner(s): Air Force Training Institute and UWF Alumnus, Dr. Kyle Hurst
  • Title: Strategic Partnerships Engaged in Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • CORAL Center Amount: Community Outreach Services
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Research Design and Project Meetings with Air Force

Project 13

  • Funding Source: BYRNE Federal Funding Agency
  • Location: UWF CORAL Center & Partner Sites
  • Partner(s): City of Pensacola Mayor’s Office and Police Department
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: Grant Proposal Re-Submission (April 2014)
  • Total Amount: Requested Funding = $300,000
  • CORAL Center Amount: (pending approval) $70,000
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Research Design and Project Evaluation

Project 14

  • Funding Source: NA
  • Location: UWF CORAL Center & Pensacola State College
  • Partner(s): PSC Continuing Education Department Guardianship (Alzheimers)
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • Duration: April 2014- December 2014
  • CORAL Center Amount: Community Outreach Service
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Research Design and Project Evaluation

Project 15

  • Funding Source: UWF SCAC Faculty Grant
  • Location: UWF CORAL Center & Santa Rosa/Escambia School Districts
  • Partner(s): School Districts –High School Females and UWF ADVANCE Scholars
  • PI: Dr. Carla Thompson (UWF)
  • CORAL Center Amount: $2000
  • CORAL Center Responsibility: PI/PD, Research Design and Project Evaluation

University of West Florida CORAL Center Personnel and Responsibilities (2013-2014):

Table 1 Listing of Personnel for UWF CORAL Center (2013-2014)

Personnel and TitleAssignmentQualifications

Director

Dr. Carla Thompson

Direct all projects and activities within the center & submit contracts and grant proposals for funding for the center—no course release time allotted for CORAL Center

Ed. D. degree in R & E and 30+ years experience in Research and Evaluation, Administration, and grant project PI and PE efforts

Research Associate (RA): Ernest Bourget

School, Military, & Agency/ Community Liaison and field site research associate for grant/contract projects in CORAL Center

Ed. S. degree in Career & Technical Education and 28+ years experience in higher education teaching, research, military, and grant writing

Graduate Assistant (GA):

Maureen Howard

Serve as a research and statistical consultant for the NSF ADVANCE Project only under the supervision of the Director for 10 hours per week (days) in the CORAL Center

Doctoral student in coursework for the Ed. D. degree at UWF with background in HLES, Nutrition, and Geriatrics

Graduate Assistant (GA):

Nancy Bridier

Serve as a research and statistical consultant for graduate students and assist with the Doctoral Research & Rigor (R&R) seminars and meetings held in the CORAL Center in the evenings and on Saturdays  under the supervision of the Director for 20 hour per week (evenings) within the CORAL Center

 

Doctoral candidate in dissertation for the Ed. D. degree at UWF with background in psychology and education

Faculty Associates  (FA):

Dr. Diane Bagwell and Dr. Giang-Nguyen Nguyen

 

Job shadow and assist Director for Stat III Community-based Research Projects and serve on dissertation committees and lead original research projects.

Faculty members (Ed. D.)from UWF RAS and TEED using research time allotment in annual contract specifications

Doctoral Student Volunteers (DSV):

Theresa Guy

Lesley Keck

Shumon Islam

Jennifer Whatley

Kaori Burkart

Self-selected research projects: 

Autism Research –Theresa Guy

Alzheimer’s Family Services- Lesley Keck

Use of SPSS – Shumon Islam & Jennifer Whatley

Diversity Research – Kaori Burkart

All student volunteers initiate contact with the director and request to work on CORAL Projects for the experience and knowledge and to be included in the publication of the project results as appropriate.

University of West Florida CORAL Center Events and Activities for 2013-2014:

Table 2 Report of CORAL Center for July 2013- May 2014 Activities/Events and Projects

Project or Activity/EventCORAL Center PersonnelDescriptionStatus

Meetings with Director of Federal Programs, Santa Rosa Schools (8)

Director & RA

Scheduling and discussion of presentations for school district

On-going

Conference calls/Meetings and travel with Co-PIs from Gadsden Schools and Tallahassee Community College (6)

Director & Co-PIs

Developed and submitted NSF MSP Math/Science/Partnership grant proposal March 2014

Under Review

Presentations in Santa Rosa Schools regarding 2012-2013 research reports (Year 5) Reading Intervention Project in Fall 2013 (4 sessions)

Director & RA

PPT presentations and Q & A for two elementary schools, the Advisory Committee, and the School Board

Completed Year 5 Reporting

Hosted PDK Board Meetings (4) and Member Programs (2) on CORAL research

Director & PDK Officers

UWF PDK Board planning meetings and program meetings

On-going

Santa Rosa County School Reading Project Observer Training for 2013-2014 for Year Six of K-4 Reading Project  (6 sessions)

Director & RA

RA is lead project director for this CORAL Center project focused on evaluating the SR Reading Intervention Program

On-going

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for UWF for 2015 Project Team Meetings (24 weekly meetings)

Director & UWF CECC team (formerly the CCEAT Team) in ASPIRE

UWF CCEAT Team from the VP of ASPIRE Program is leading the project and the CORAL Center is charged with the data analysis and writing the application due April 15, 2014

Carnegie Application Submitted on April 15, 2014 with Notification January 2015

Community Agency Meetings from the various projects involved the community partners for autism, Alzheimer’s, SR, City of Pensacola, and Nursing Department convened for meetings in the CORAL Center

Director and RA and GA (as appropriate)

Planning and discussion meetings for continuing communications among partners for the various research projects hosted by the center

On-going

Sending and retrieving emails and phone update messages  with observers from Santa Rosa Schools Reading Project and progress reports from other community  agencies

RA

RA supervises trained observers and conducts periodic meetings for formative feedback and discussions of operational issues with all community partners

On-going

Conducted literature review and developed, pilot tested Survey Assessment Tool for UWF ASPIRE Office as well as other rubrics for use in the attainment of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application for 2015

Director & UWF Co-Community Engagement Fellow

Designing instruments and conducting evaluation project for assessing UWF (all departments) regarding community engagement in preparation for 2015 application by the university to the Carnegie Foundation

On-going

Grant writing meetings for potential projects for grant funding for CORAL Center

Meetings

Director and Theresa Byrd & Susan Feathers (RSP)

Meeting at Research and Sponsored Programs on Budgets and Potential Funding Opportunities

On-going

IRB and RCR information sessions and discussions of new requirements and checking status of IRBs for all CORAL projects

Director

Meetings to discuss IRB process and RCR conditions relative to CORAL Center responsibilities

On-going

Conducted 2 Book Studies for RCR and Research Integrity for UWF CEPS students and faculty with total attendance of 61 participants

Director, RA, GA, and Dr. Jans-Thomas

Introduced Text Analytics to graduate students and faculty for use with mixed methods research efforts

On-going – complete two per year

Conducted 2 grant writing courses for community groups as requested via Continuing Education

Director

Requests from Businesses and School Districts for Grant Writing Courses accommodated via Continuing Education

On-going

Facilitated SPSS Refresher Course via Continuing Education 9 students

Director

Serve as course facilitator and liaison with SPSS corporation

On-going


Previous report: UWF CORAL Center Annual Report 2012-2013 (PDF)

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