Community Centered Research and Resources

Our research team specializes in aging services and community-based support and has a long history of helping organizations and communities to make data driven decisions about how to better serve and support older adults. We specialize in developing tools and metrics for program planning, implementation, evaluation, and resource allocation. Analysis of activities, outputs, and impacts can help monitor and document progress and assess effectiveness. We involve our partners at each stage of product development through an engaged process to ensure that the results will be relevant and actionable. We have worked with governmental and community-based organizations, aging service providers, and others in the aging network, whether through consultation or collaboration, so that they can get the information they need to make sound decisions. Learn more about our expertise and partners below, which includes:

Evaluation

Logic models, program evaluation, questionaire development, secondary data analysis

Visuals 

Maps, infographics, presentations

Research Methods

Focus groups, individual interviews, survey instruments

Adovacy

Policy analysis, white papers

Partners

Community based organizations, foundations, and service providers we have worked with include:

  • Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency
  • The Senior Alliance
  • Adult Well Being Services
  • Monroe County Commission on Aging
  • City of Huntington Woods
  • Marketing Resource Group
  • Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
  • Elder Law of Michigan
  • Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
  • Calhoun County Office of Senior Services
  • American House Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation

Tools

Tools to enhance interactions with older adults

Communication 101: Guidelines for Improving Interactions with Older Adults 

Outreach & Engagement: Strategies for Connecting with Older Adults

Technology Support for Older Users: Video Tutorials

Caregiver Resources: Caregiver Connection: eStories & Resources for People Who Care

 

Publications & Reports


Leach, C., Novak, J., Jankowski, T., Lapan, P., & Pierce, S. Considering communication infrastructure disintegration in old age: A community-based participatory understanding of (dis)connects with community health-enhancing resources and possibilities for improvement. Journal of Health Communication (Under review).


Leach, C., Schroeck, N., Blessman, J., Rorai, V., Cooper-Sargent, M., Lichtenberg, P. & Trentacosta, C. (2021). Engaged communication of environmental health science: Processes and outcomes of urban academic-community partnerships. Applied Environmental Education & Communication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2021.1930609


Jankowski, T. & Leach, C. (2020). UP-SCAN Evaluation Summary. Report for Elder Law of Michigan., 113 pgs.


Leach, C. & Novak. J. (2019). Examining community-based service disconnects in late old age: Paths for reach through the communication ecology. [Abstract]. Innovation in Aging, vol. 3,Suppl 1 S904. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igz038.3302


Lichtenberg, P., Leach, C., Smith, B., Schroeck, N. & Blessman, J. (2017). Co-constructing environmental stewardship: A Detroit-driven participatory approach. Public Policy & Aging Report, 27(1), 37-39. doi:10.1093/ppar/prw026


Jankowski, T. & Leach, C. (2015). Monroe County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Report to the Monroe County Commission on Aging, 270 pgs.


Jankowski, T. & Leach, C. (2013). Calhoun County Older Adult Needs Assessment Findings. Report to the Calhoun County Offices of Senior Services, 168 pgs.


Leach, C., Jankowski, T. & Russo, T. (2012). Huntington Woods Older Adult Needs Assessment: Report to the Huntington Woods City Management Office, 26 pgs.


Jankowski, T., and Booza, J., Leach, C. (2011). A Comparison of Poverty and Economic Insecurity Among Older Adult Singles and Couples in Michigan. [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, Volume 51, Issue suppl_2, November 2011, Pages 1–633, https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gns068


Jankowski, T., Booza, J., & Leach, C. (2011). Invisible poverty: New measure unveils financial hardship in Michigan's older adult population. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 3, 19 pgs.


Jankowski, T., Booza, J., & Leach, C. (2011). Gender Disparities of Older Adults in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 2, 12 pgs.


Booza, J., Jankowski, T. B., & Leach, C. (2010). An Income Profile of Older Adult Householders in Southeast Michigan. Seniors Count! Working Paper Series, No. 1, 23 pgs.


Jankowski, T., Leach, C. & Graham, P. (2010). A Needs Assessment of Older Adults in the Tri-County Area. Report to the United Way of Southeast Michigan. Commissioned by the Senior Regional Collaborative publication, 91 pgs.


Leach, C. & Carr, J. (2010). Huntington Woods City Services Priority Survey Findings. Report to the Huntington Woods City Management Office, 28 pgs. 


Jankowski, T., Leach, C., and Booza, J. (2009). Seniors Count! A Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Approach to Compiling and Disseminating Data on Aging. [Abstract]. The Gerontologist49 Suppl 2, 1–532. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnp148


 

For more information please contact Carrie Leach at carrieleach@wayne.edu or Tom Jankowski at t.jankowski@wayne.edu