Creative Research Solutions, in partnership with Sage North America, served as the research and reporting lead for a groundbreaking diversity and inclusion study focused on the City of Atlanta. The report holds considerable city-wide implications and opportunities for partnership and growth that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is considering along with the City’s Deputy Chief Equity Officer, Reese McCranie. For this study, CRS had an opportunity to interface with the City of Atlanta’s leadership as well as senior executives in the business, corporate, educational, and nonprofit sectors throughout the city.
We evaluated Accelerating Opportunity, a 3-year initiative that enabled participants to earn a GED and workforce certification in a dual-enrollment program at technical colleges throughout the state of Georgia. This multi-partner, cross-sector initiative enabled participants to gain jobs in high-demand fields such as welding, nursing, and early childhood education. Our evaluation methodology included interviews, focus groups, partnership analysis, statistical analysis, surveys, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. The evaluation illustrated that the project was successful in meeting its objectives (# of certifications and partnerships) and added immense value to the state of Georgia.