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United Way, Marshall team up to evaluate Success By Six program Mar. 31, 2015 @ 06:54 AM BRANDON ROBERTS HUNTINGTON – United Way of the River Cities’ Success By Six program will soon be getting an evaluation. The program is working with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University to develop outcomes measurement and data collection methods for United Way’s Success By Six program. Operated in five counties in southwestern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio, Success By Six strives to prepare children for kindergarten on mental, physical, developmental, emotional and social levels. “We are excited to partner with the Center for Business and Economic Research to help us measure Success By Six outcomes in our community,” Lena Burdette, director of education initiatives for United Way of the River Cities, said in a press release. “We know we have been successful with events, programs and other education work, but it will be good to assess and streamline our results with CBER,” she said. The community initiative promotes school readiness by encouraging early brain devel opment awareness and tips on how to raise a healthy child. CBER is working with United Way of the River Cities to identify the outcomes most crucial to the Success By Six program and intends to initially conduct the evaluation in a two-county pilot. Results will aid United Way of the River Cities in assessing how Success By Six and its many programs are making a difference in the lives of local children and families. CBER works with organiza tions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, to provide economic research and analysis in the areas of regional economic development, energy and natural resources, and education and health. Elizabeth Pardue, demographic research specialist for CBER, said the framework established in the pilot program may be replicated in the program’s five-county focus area. According to a press release, the project will develop a data collection and analysis methodology that can be expanded to other United Way programs. For more information about CBER visit marshall.edu/cber. Follow business reporter Brandon Roberts on Twitter @HD_Business