August 29, 2008

ABCD Institute study shows KaBOOM! is changing communities!

In the summer of 2007, KaBOOM! tasked Northwestern University's ABCD Institute to undertake a one-year study to measure the impact our KaBOOM!-led builds have on communities.

The results are in, and findings indicate that when implemented appropriately, the KaBOOM! Community-Build process creates a lasting impact on the communities it partners with, both in terms of building capacity, enhancing community pride and cultivating KaBOOM!-leadership, as well as enhancing the play experience of neighborhood children.

Some of the findings include:

  • Ninety-four percent of KABOOM!-led respondents, and 90 percent of Do-It-Yourself respondents believe that their playground project helped strengthen relationships among neighborhood residents and among community partners.
  • Over half of all KABOOM!-led and Do-It-Yourself groups reported that their project expanded their capacity to address other community issues. Nearly 100 percent of all groups believe that their KaBOOM! playground positively impacted the quality and quantity of children's play.

Download the executive summary (PDF, approx. 32Kb)

Download the presentation (PDF, approx. 700Kb)

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