Equity-informed Research

Arcora Foundation—Latino Children’s Oral Health Study

English- and Spanish-language focus groups conducted around the Seattle area and in eastern Washington, in coordination with the Arcora Foundation and Latina Creative Agency. The research focused on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding oral health among low- to moderate-income Latina mothers and teenagers. Results indicated that oral health among these populations is impacted by social barriers, language, affordability, and fear relating to immigration status.

Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress—SOUL District Planning

Three concurrent surveys targeted to Black business owners and entrepreneurs, community influencers, and community members in the Portland metro area. The study supported BICEP’s development process for the SOUL District, which will serve as an economic center for the Black community in Portland, Oregon. The surveys identified barriers to success in the Black business community and explored potential solutions to these barriers. They also explored stakeholders’ values and concerns about their community’s economic well-being and assessed their perception of the SOUL District proposal.

City Of Portland—Community Policing Research

Ongoing qualitative and quantitative research, as part of a U.S. Department of Justice consent decree regarding the Portland Police Bureau’s treatment of people with mental illness. The research assessed community perceptions of the Bureau through surveys and focus groups. Explicit efforts were made to accurately represent the views of minority communities through oversamples and qualitative outreach.

Entrepreneurs Organization—Untold Stories Of Women And Minority-Owned Businesses

Panel discussion featuring DHM Chairperson & Senior Council Su Embree in front of an audience of over 100 local business owners in Portland, Oregon. The panel examined the challenges and opportunities of being a minority- and women-owned business in Portland.

Energy Trust of Oregon—Inclusive Outreach Research

Qualitative research with small business owners and people who make key decisions in small businesses. Focus groups targeted Hispanic, Asian, and rural business people. The research assessed the efficacy of current ETO outreach materials, determined small business owners’ priorities regarding energy use decisions, and guide ETO in developing inclusive strategies and targeted outreach to business owners from specific communities.

Oregon Health Authority—Place Matters Campaign

Focus groups with hard-to-reach rural and minority communities in Oregon to explore topics of place and health. Key findings included participants expressing a sense of absence or loss of community cohesiveness and identifying the most significant ways that communities support the health of individuals: safety, access to physical activity, access to healthcare, access to affordable, healthy food, and community health, including economic stability, shared values, and role models for children. The research informed OHA’s Place Matters campaign development and strategies for action and communications. 

Prosper Portland—TechTown Diversity Pledge

An annual study of people employed by companies that participate in the Portland Tech Diversity Pledge initiative. The research supports TechTown’s goal of creating and sharing data about the demographic representation of women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups within Portland tech companies. The annual report evaluates the local industry’s progress towards meeting its inclusion goals and provides participating companies with individualized scorecards to assess the success of their efforts.

Western States Center—White Nationalism Study

A national literature search and opinion research in Oregon to better understand the manifestation of white nationalism in the state.  The findings informed the creation of Oregon specific messaging frameworks, information packages, and organizing tool kits. 

Women’s Foundation of Oregon—Count Her In Design

Design of a research instrument used to collect data from over 1000 Oregon women and girls. WFO collected experiences from participants at 13 gatherings across the state (including the Umatilla Indian Reservation) in multiple languages. The results help informed WFO’s groundbreaking, comprehensive report on women and girls in Oregon: Count Her In.