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Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:48 AM EDT Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:48 AM EDT By James E. Casto Success By Six, a national initiative of United Way, seeks to ensure that all children are ready physically, mentally, developmentally, emotionally and socially to begin kindergarten. United Way of the River Cities offers Success By Six in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio. Now it has asked the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall University to come up with a yardstick to measure the program’s results. “We are excited to partner with the CBER to help us measure Success By Six outcomes in our community,” said Lena Burdette, Director of Education Initiatives for United Way of the River Cities. “We know we have been successful with events, programs and other education work, but it will be good to assess and streamline our results.” CBER is working with United Way to identify the outcomes most crucial to the Success By Six program and intends to initially conduct the evaluation in a two-county pilot. The project will develop a data collection and analysis methodology with a focus on creating a replicable and sustainable framework that can then be expanded to other United Way programs. “This analysis will define evaluation metrics to help measure and communicate program impacts, and establish a baseline for future analysis,” said Elizabeth Pardue, Demographic Research Specialist at CBER. CBER works with organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors, to provide economic research and analysis in the areas of regional economic development, energy and natural resources, education and health. For more information about CBER visit www.marshall.edu/cber. For more information about Success By 6, visit www.successby6online.org.