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As the Starr Hill Pathways team works to provide meaningful programming that makes an impact in the lives of 7th-12th graders in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community, we will collect data that will be used to evaluate and assess how Starr Hill Pathways meets its goals and missions. 

By collecting both quantitative data (e.g., Surveys) and qualitative data (e.g., Interviews, Focus Groups, and Observation), we hope to answer questions such as:

  1. Does Starr Hill Pathways influence college and career beliefs and interests and future educational goals?
  2. What Starr Hill Pathways’ staff actions and students’ experiences lead to increased college and career beliefs and interests?
  3. What factors foster meaningful tutoring and mentoring practices?
  4. What interventions cultivate college and career beliefs and interests, inspire educational goals, and reduce barriers to college and career opportunities?

The Equity Center is also partnering with Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools to share data that will be used to inform programming and measure impact. This process has involved structuring a safe and ethical approach to data transfer that meets all FERPA regulations. 

Our research and evaluation methodology is designed around the following principles of community-engaged scholarship:

  • Listening to community voices
  • Partnering with participants
  • Building a foundation of trust and privacy
  • Honoring all lived experiences 

Learn more about our long-term research project in the following video:


Starr Hill Pathways

Starr Hill Pathways provides the social, technical, and research infrastructure to redress educational inequities that persist in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region.