Projects | LSU Office of Social Research & Evaluation Center


The SREC brings together Baton Rouge academic and community partners with the goal to foster healthy social systems by facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of social programs, conducting research and providing consultation and expertise. For more information on any of these projects, please contact us at

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Truancy Court Analysis

The Truancy Assessment and Service Center in Baton Rouge works with the Office of Child Welfare & Attendance to identify children who have a history of truancy. It is a priority of these offices to encourage these children and families to attend school regularly. When a child continues to be truant, the Truancy Assessment and Service Center as well as Juvenile Services will refer these families to Truancy Court.

LSU is conducting an analysis of the outcomes of the children referred to truancy court to determine if the attendance of referred children improve after referral to Truancy Court.

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Project AWARE

The Louisiana Department of Education was awarded the 5-year SAMHSA Project AWARE grant to create trauma sensitive schools in the City of Monroe, Jefferson Parish, and St. Bernard Parish school systems. The school districts are tasked with increasing access to mental health services in schools. Project AWARE partners include the LA Office of Behavioral Health, local behavioral health providers including the Local Governmental Entities, and the LSU Social Service and Research Center (SREC).

SREC will facilitate the collection of project data in order to inform the K-12 schools and their respective districts about new and expanded behavioral health services in schools. SREC will lead the LSU team and work with other partners to create professional development and instruction in multitier trauma-informed care for school staff. The LSU team will also develop the behavioral health screening procedures and referral to treatment for students. The LSU team includes members from SREC, Department of Psychology, and the School of Social Work

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The Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), headquartered at LSU, was established in September 2001 through funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  LBRN is now in its third phase (a five year grant), and receives additional support from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.  Its goals are to expand on a state-wide research network supporting biomedical research, enhance the number of biomedical investigators across the state, and increase student interest in biomedical research careers throughout Louisiana.

SREC is evaluating the LBRN grant, including its annual conference.

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Louisiana State Opioid Response (LASOR)

Louisiana’s State Opioid Response (SOR) grant was awarded to the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health.  This project will use a “hub and spoke” model to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and associated services and infrastructure improvements regarding opioid use disorder across Louisiana over two years.

SREC is undertaking the evaluation of this grant, and will undertake an opioid use-related needs assessment for a selection of state-recognized tribal sites.

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Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships For Success (LAPFS)

Louisiana’s Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grant, awarded to the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health, is a five-year grant addressing underage drinking behaviors, consequences, and risk factors among 9-20 year olds. This grant aims to strengthen the prevention systems infrastructure by building local capacity in 10 high need parish-level communities.

SREC is undertaking the evaluation of this grant, and will provide analytic support to the State Epidemiology Workgroup (SEW), an arm of the Governor’s Office’s Drug Policy Board.

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Innovative Prosecution Solutions (IPS)

The Innovative Prosecution Solutions (IPS) grant was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in October, 2018. This is a 2 year grant to reduce opioid deaths and related violent crime in EBR parish through enhanced investigation and prosecution efforts.

LSU-SREC will assist the inter-agency law enforcement team with identifying best-practices for opioid investigations, crime data analysis, and a social network analysis to assist in understanding the opioid drug market in the parish. These efforts are meant to disrupt the opioid drug market across the parish and region and decrease the number of overdoses and deaths in the area.

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YVLife Set 

Youth Villages LifeSet Expansion Opportunity Phase II (YVLifeSet), awarded to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, is a 3-year program that gives young adults aging out of the foster care system support and guidance in order to ease their transition to adulthood. This program will fund regional YVLifeSet teams that will oversee case management activities providing these supports.


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Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm

This project assists law enforcement and the communities they service through developing, implementing, and accessing the practical tools to build essential relationships, and joint strategies to address and prevent high-profile incidents of violence. The SREC is partnering with BRPD, Southern University, 100 Black Men and the NAACP in a police-community needs assessment to determine appropriate intervention strategies. 

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Hope Zone

Provides innovative strategies and practices to suppress the drivers of crime in six Baton Rouge neighborhoods. Strategies include community crime meetings, blight/legal clinics, and after school youth programming.

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IAM Empowering the Next Generation Research Study

A random control trial (RCT) will determine the effectiveness of a social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for elementary school students. SREC is working with the curriculum developer to conduct a rigorous study in a Baton Rouge charter school. with over 500 students.
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Inland From The Coast

Inland From The Coast is funded through National Academies of Sciences and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The multidisciplinary research team that seeks to improve understanding of inland-coastal environmental conditions and vulnerabilities; determine indicators of community health and well being; and develop design and planning best practices for reducing risk and increasing adaptive capacity.  SREC is part of a team tasked with developing measures of past and present community health and well being and gathering information to be used in future development of best practices for developing and maintaining strong communities.

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LA SBIRT Student Training Program

Provides assessment and services in 8 sites across Louisiana, and facilitates systems level improvements aimed at treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for 16-25 year olds. The LA SBIRT Student Training Program specifically targets social work students, medical residents, and their supervisors.

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Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (LAUNCH)

Facilitates the implementation of behavioral health services, education, and systems change for children aged 0-8 in the Acadiana area of Louisiana (Acadia, Vermilion, and Lafayette parishes). 

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Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund (LCTF)

LSU SREC conducted a data-driven program evaluation with the goals of summarizing grantees’ implementation and outcome results, identifying ways to enhance grantees’ capacity for data collection and reporting, and, more specifically, strengthening the evaluation of LCTF funded programs.

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Louisiana Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs Evaluation (SPF Rx)

LSU SREC developed the SPF RX evaluation plan. The evaluation plan covers both formative and summative, process and outcome evaluation foci. The evaluation team is working with the program team for the purpose of collecting, organizing and submitting GPRA and multi-site evaluation reports to SAMHSA.

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Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) for Disconnected Youth

Establishes a coordinated infrastructure that will serve disconnected youth ages 14-24 who attend specialized schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS). The US Department of Education and US Department of Labor Project is a random controlled trial. 

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Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Planning Grant

The NSF funded Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Planning Grant builds a multidisciplinary research team lead by high performance computing (LSU CCT) with big data analysis and cybersecurity (Computer Science), sensors (Electrical Engineering), violence prevention (SREC), and transportation (Civil Engineering) to engage community stakeholders to develop a holistically integrated S&CC research concept. This partnership will develop research concepts that will promote and employ S&CC technologies to help stakeholders tackle the major factors affecting the Baton Rouge's economic progress.

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State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination Implementation (SYT-I)

The Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination Implementation (SYT-I) is a SAMHSA-funded project addressing the needs of older adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.  This grant provides training and support to a selection of providers around the state regarding evidence-based screening and service delivery activities.  It also provides funds for systems improvement activities, and for community engagement through educational opportunities and skills training. 

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Truancy Assessment and Service Center

The Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) program was a state funded program lasting from 1999 through 2012, designed to address school attendance issues in young children in public schools across Louisiana. TASC served over 80,000 children in 23 sites across 32 parishes, providing students and their families with services and supports to address not only attendance issues, but the antecedents and correlates of those issues such as a lack of basic needs and socio-emotional deficiencies. View the final TASC report.

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Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)

Provided an after school program for 4th and 5th grade elementary boys in 2 schools located in distressed Baton Rouge neighborhoods. This program offered academic assistance, social emotional character development, and enrichment activities.