Organizations and Researchers involved with CRPASH

CRPASH functions as an organizational hub for bringing researchers and organizations together in order to conduct relevant research and policy initiatives. We also provide evaluation research skills to help community-based organizations and educational institutions to understand and enhance the effectiveness of their programs.

Evaluation Research Partnerships

Sports, Physical Activity, and the Well-Being of Rural and Urban Girls in Western New York

Through a partnership with Dr. Cheryl Cooky, PhD at Purdue University in Indiana, Dr. Cadzow will be conducting focus groups with parents and girls about sport and physical activity participation. The primary purpose of this project is to identify effective best practices and policies that successfully increase urban and rural girls’ participation in sport. Since there is a lack of empirical evidence on why urban and rural girls are less likely to participate in organized sports, or of best practices to increase girls’ sport participation, the proposed project will utilize multi-method, qualitative approaches consisting of parent and child focus groups and program director interviews. The results will provide key insights into barriers and facilitators to sport participation. These results will inform the design and development of a larger quantitative project to assess sport programs nationwide.

Tools for GoGirlGo

CRPASH researchers worked with the Women's Sports Foundation's (WSF) GoGirlGo program in order to develop an evaluation process and measurement tools. CRPASH designed and implemented a test-retest study of GoGirlGo in two different cities (Boston, MA and San Antonio, TX). The GoGirlGo program works to improve the health of sedentary girls and to keep girls involved in physical activity by supporting programs and organizations that work with girls. The WSF GoGirlGo cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Antonio.

CRPASH and ESS Partner with Buffalo Soccer Club

CRPASH and the Exercise and Sports Studies (ESS) program at D'Youville College partnered with the Buffalo Soccer Club, which is a non-profit entity of Algonquin Sports for Kids, Inc. ESS program faculty and students assisted in evaluation and development of soccer related activities such as after-school soccer programs, as well as house and travel soccer leagues. This partnership facilitated the promotion of soccer as a life-long activity to young people located in Buffalo. It encourages youth and family development, development of athletic identity, and facilitates healthy behavior change using sport as a platform. Through this partnership, ESS faculty and students assisted the Buffalo Soccer Club by administering evaluation protocols that measured the physical, emotional, and social benefits of these programs.


Organizations in the Network

Co-director, Don Sabo, PhD, has worked with the following organizations in order to understand the contributions of sports and physical activity to human health.

Co-director, Renee Cadzow, PhD, has worked in the Buffalo and Western New York region with the following organizations to facilitate environment and policy change that promotes increased physical activity and improved nutrition. She has served on a number of school district wellness committees, assisted with the writing, implementation, and evaluation of Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grants, and served on committees and coalitions related to improving access to food and physical activity, increasing rates of breastfeeding, and creating healthy neighborhoods.

Get to Know Us

  • Current Research

    CRPASH operates as an organizational catalyst for interdisciplinary research projects.
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  • Tradition

    Founded in 1908, D'Youville has a long history that dates back over 100 years.
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  • Our Faculty

    Learn more about CRPASH founder and director, Don Sabo, PhD.
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