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Sarah Chilenski

Associate Research Professor

Biography

Sarah has worked for 20 years on the implementation or evaluation and research sides of community coalitions and other community collaborative prevention programs. She has conducted research evaluating the readiness, functioning, and sustainability of community prevention teams and organizations in PROSPER (PIs: Spoth, Greenberg, Feinberg). In this work, she led the effort to produce easy-to-understand team functioning feedback reports to the PROSPER community teams. She also typically use mixed methodologies to investigate the role of the community context in adolescent development, for which she has received an award for her work. Sarah is now the Principal Investigator of the Implementation Evaluation Research Project for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success initiative, which is blending the best of Communities That Care and PROSPER into a community mobilization/systems change effort for urban areas, cities, and communities.

Current Projects

Support to Adapt and Test the Feasibility of Implementing the Evidence-based Head Start REDI with Preschool Native American Children and Their Families

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Support to Adapt and Test the Feasibility of Tribal Head Start REDI with Native American Children in Minnesota

This project was designed to evaluate the feasibility and cultural fit of the Head Start REDI program when implemented in Native American communities. By building strong relationships with community members, the project intended to create a culturally sensitive, relevant program that can strengthen social-emotional learning, language, and literacy skills of vulnerable children.The project piloted the already existing Head Start REDI program in 3 tribal Head Start classrooms. This project identified local leaders to organize and implementation and adaption of the curriculum, train teachers in the Head Start REDI program, then received feedback from the Head Start teachers and other tribal stakeholders about any adaptations needed to enhance its effectiveness and cultural fit. The long-term goal was to provide needed adaptations and then to conduct a larger-scale trial of the efficacy of the REDI intervention with children in tribal communities.
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Taking a Close Look at the Implementation of Evidence2Success

Evidence2Success is a program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that combines public health and prevention science to offer a new way of helping children and youth meet critical behavioral, educational, emotional, and physical milestones
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Longitudinal Effectiveness of Communities That Care on Reducing Youth Risk Factors

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Recent Publications

Drug prevention coalition context and capacity assessment: Comparing the United States and Mexico

Brown, L., Chilenski, S., Ramos, R., Gallegos, N., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Drug prevention coalition context and capacity assessment: Comparing the United States and Mexico. Health Education and Behavior, 43(2), 145-155. doi: 10.1177/1090198115596165

The value of social capital: What are its outcomes?

Chilenski, S. M., & Summers, N. M. (2016). The value of social capital: What are its outcomes? In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Social capital: A blueprint for engaging citizens to promote the social and civic health of communities. New York: Springer.

The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study

Chilenski, S., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Welsh, J. A., Crowley, D. M., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54(1), 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002

Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project

Chilenski, S., Welsh, J. A., Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(12), 819. doi: 00910562

Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes

Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L. E., Perkins, D. F., Greenberg, M. T., Berrena, E., & Spoth, R. L. (2016, In Press). Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes. Youth & Society.

Pathways to sustainability: 8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project

Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L., Greenberg, M. T., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). Pathways to sustainability: 8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(3), 263-286. doi: 0278095X