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Sarah Chilenski

Senior Research Associate & Associate Research Professor

314-599-3737
sem268@psu.edu
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Biography & Projects

Sarah has worked for 20 years on the implementation or evaluation and research sides of community coalitions and other community collaborative prevention programs. She has conducted research evaluating the readiness, functioning, and sustainability of community prevention teams and organizations in PROSPER (PIs: Spoth, Greenberg, Feinberg). In this work, she led the effort to produce easy-to-understand team functioning feedback reports to the PROSPER community teams. She also typically use mixed methodologies to investigate the role of the community context in adolescent development, for which she has received an award for her work. Sarah is now the Principal Investigator of the Implementation Evaluation Research Project for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success initiative, which is blending the best of Communities That Care and PROSPER into a community mobilization/systems change effort for urban areas, cities, and communities.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

Invitation to Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Coalitions to Increase Member Engagement and Positive Impact on Youth Behavior

This is a special invitation for the chance to receive 3 years of customized support from coalition experts to increase member participation and streamline your work to focus on activities that will have the biggest impact on youth outcomes. Other benefits may include increasing connections to coalition networks and accessing additional relevant resources.

A Road Map to Quality Collective Impact Programming with Fiscal Independence: The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet Story

Chilenski, S. M., & Chrisler, A. J. (2019). A road map to quality collective impact programming with fiscal independence: The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet story. University Park, PA: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University. 28 pp. Annie E. Casey Foundation Grant #212.0235, to PI Chilenski. Abstract: This report examines how Rhode Island’s Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC) has changed since adopting the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success® framework seven years ago. During this time frame, CYC — a coalition of organizations, systems, residents and youth organized around community-generated priorities — transitioned from backbone organization to agile and independent intermediary. CYC’s evolution generated valuable insights — identified and explored in this report — that can help other collective impact programs pursue sustainability and fiscal independence.

Public health benefits 16 years after a statewide policy change: Communities That Care in Pennsylvania

Chilenski, S. M., Frank, J., Summers, N., & Lew, D. (2019). Public health benefits 16 years after a statewide policy change: Communities That Care in Pennsylvania. Prevention Science, 20, 947-958.

Examining the highs and lows of the collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and prevention implementers

Chilenski, S. M., Welsh, J., Olson, J., Hoffman, L., Perkins, D., & Feinberg, M. E. (2018). Examining the highs and lows of the collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and prevention implementers. Prevention Science, 19, 250-259.

Drug prevention coalition context and capacity assessment: Comparing the United States and Mexico

Brown, L., Chilenski, S., Ramos, R., Gallegos, N., & Feinberg, M. E. (2016). Drug prevention coalition context and capacity assessment: Comparing the United States and Mexico. Health Education and Behavior, 43(2), 145-155. doi: 10.1177/1090198115596165

The value of social capital: What are its outcomes?

Chilenski, S. M., & Summers, N. M. (2016). The value of social capital: What are its outcomes? In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Social capital: A blueprint for engaging citizens to promote the social and civic health of communities. New York: Springer.

Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project

Chilenski, S., Welsh, J. A., Perkins, D. F., Feinberg, M. E., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Universal prevention exposure as a moderator of the community context: Findings from the PROSPER project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(12), 819. doi: 00910562

Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes

Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L. E., Perkins, D. F., Greenberg, M. T., Berrena, E., & Spoth, R. L. (2016, In Press). Thriving in school: The role of sixth grade adolescent-parent-school relationships in predicting eighth grade academic outcomes. Youth & Society.

Pathways to sustainability: 8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project

Welsh, J. A., Chilenski, S., Johnson, L., Greenberg, M. T., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). Pathways to sustainability: 8-year follow-up from the PROSPER project. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(3), 263-286. doi: 0278095X

The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study

Chilenski, S., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J. R., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Welsh, J. A., Crowley, D. M., & Spoth, R. L. (2016). The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54(1), 19-29. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.10.002