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Research & Innovation

Connecting Research to Practice

CAP Tulsa is committed to supporting and learning from rigorous research. To accomplish this, the agency collaborates with a variety of community and national partners to investigate and evaluate the impact of our programs and to help design new, innovative practices and programs. This work also helps the agency support learning locally and nationally.



  • Investigating Long-Term Benefits for CAP Children

    In partnership with researchers from the Center on Research on Children in the US (CROCUS) , Georgetown University

    A Georgetown University study found that low-income children participating in CAP Tulsa’s Head Start-funded early childhood education program scored higher on state math tests. They were also significantly less likely to repeat a grade or be chronically absent from school. In addition, overall positive effects from the program persist into middle school.

    Key elements contributing to the program’s success include:

    • A research-based classroom curriculum
    • Strong public school collaboration
    • Highly qualified teachers
    • Low teacher-student ratios in classrooms
    • Full-day, six-hour program
    • Supplemental funding to Head Start

    Learn more about the Center on Research on Children in the U.S. at Georgetown. And view the complete study.

  • Examining Two-Generation Impacts of CareerAdvance

    In partnership with researchers from Northwestern University, University of Texas-Austin, OSU-Tulsa, NYU, and Columbia University

    The CAP Family Life Study is a multi-year evaluation funded by the Health Profession Opportunities Grant, the Health Profession Opportunities – University Partners Grant, and the Kellogg Foundation. The team, led by Dr. Christopher King at the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas–Austin and Dr. P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, is evaluating the CareerAdvance® program from an implementation and outcomes perspective. Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa of New York University and Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn at Columbia serve as consultants to the project. Click below to download the reports from this study:

    CareerAdvance Implementation Study, through September 2017

    Impact of One Year of CareerAdvance, March 2017

    CareerAdvance Implementation Study, through July 2015

    CAP Family Life Study Year 4 Report, January 2014-December 2014

  • Studying School Readiness

    In partnership with Oklahoma school partners

    CAP Tulsa and its school partners are measuring school readiness in kindergarten classes around Oklahoma so programs and services for young children can focus on better preparing them for success in school and beyond. Our results let us look for risks in multiple areas – from cognitive and language development to social-emotional and physical well-being – so communities and stakeholders can develop and implement plans for helping children where they are vulnerable. Then we can go back to measure again and see if our actions have improved our children’s readiness for school.

    Learn more about the Risk to Ready program.

  • Evaluating the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP)

    In partnership with OU-Tulsa ECEI

    CAP Tulsa partners with OU-Tulsa ECEI to evaluate the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP), a statewide initiative funded by a public-private partnership to expand and enhance early childhood services from birth to age three. CAP Tulsa has served as fiscal agent and grantee for the program since its inception in 2006. Annually, OU-Tulsa ECEI independently evaluates the program through classroom observation, teacher and director surveys, and child assessments. CAP Tulsa then uses these data and findings to improve strategic decision-making, professional development, and instruction.

    To learn more, view our OECP snapshot.