Research & Evaluation
AVANCE and the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) have begun a research project to evaluate the long-term impact of AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) across generations.
The last extensive research study of the PCEP was completed in 1991 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Carnegie study found the PCEP has a powerful effect on the ability of women participating in the program to provide an educationally and emotionally encouraging environment for their children. Since 1998, AVANCE Chapters have conducted local research projects tracking school achievement of AVANCE child graduates in the Dallas and El Paso Independent School Districts. Other past research activities include school readiness surveys, impact on mothers surveys, and maternal attitude and behavior studies. However, there has not been a comprehensive research study to evaluate the long-term impact on AVANCE parent and child graduates from multiple AVANCE Chapters across the state of Texas.