Research and evaluation are core to our organizational culture. We collect real-time data on the outputs and outcomes of our athlete trainings and our school and community-based health education programs. We are constantly analyzing data to see what we’ve done well and where we can improve. We include community-based focus groups in our research and evaluation process, and we apply that feedback to our program development.
As we aspire to scale up our programs, we also think it is critical that we share our success and our lessons learned. For this reason, we constantly look for opportunities to speak at conferences, share our white papers, and learn from what others are doing in the public health and youth development sectors.
“Having the opportunity to represent TGP at the American School Health Association Conference not only gave me valuable presentation skills, but also gave me a look into the world of health education that I had not gotten before. I had previously found it easy to get stuck in the DMV bubble; born and raised in Northern Virginia and now attending a DC university, I haven’t known much else. Through TGP and now ASHA, I have gotten the chance to connect with the broader metropolitan area and the country through amazing lectures, interactive sessions and inspiring keynote speakers. I was so fortunate to have an incredible team by my side. To have a professional psychologist, a doctor, and a TGP legend all alongside me through this journey was motivating and eye opening. As someone who studies international affairs, Latin America and political science, I can get bogged down with my work. ASHA has redefined what I understand public health is and has allowed me to be an even better TGP coach before.”
-Lara Negrón Ocasio, George Washington University Women’s Rowing
“Presenting at the International Conference on Stigma was an incredible experience. Being able to share what TGP does and have that connection with others on their work to reduce health related stigma was very eye-opening”
-Dylan Wolfe, American University Women’s Soccer
“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to share a little bit about what The Grassroot Project does at the International Conference on Stigma. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to connect with other people within my field of study and gain some insight on the research and other work being done to reduce health related stigma.”
-Elijah Murphy, American University Wrestling