Community Engagement Participatory Research for Quality Schools in New Orleans

This report describes the results of an initial pilot of the Community Engagement Participatory Research Study supported through the Orleans Public Education Network to build an informed and cohesive civic voice for high quality education in New Orleans.

The pilot study was conducted between January through July 2009 and consisted primarily of focus groups with key stakeholder groups. A total of 99 participants were engaged in focus groups, including parents, students, teachers, district/state administrators, charter school advocates, and community members. This data later informed a multi-year participatory action research project to engage historically marginalized black communities in a dialogue about quality public education.