Community and Family Institute

CFI student meeting at the Greek Theatre on the University of Arkansas campus.

The Community and Family Institute (CFI) in the Fulbright College of Arts and Science was created in 1997 to facilitate research on community and family issues/problems. With a specific focus on but not limited to Northwest Arkansas, CFI also engages in research relevant to all of Arkansas, national, and global issues. The Institute recently has been involved in several Northwest Arkansas community research efforts: Point-in-Time (PIT) homeless census in Northwest Arkansas (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015). The 2017 census was recently completed in January 2017. This PIT served as the primary sampling frame for a comprehensive study of 168 homeless adults living in Washington and Benton Counties. 

In addition, CFI completed a survey of nearly 1,500 high school students in Springdale High School  (grades 10-12), looking at issues related to nutrition, food insecurity, well-being, social capital, and family dynamics. That final report can be found on the website; CFI continues to examine issues related to adolescent health and well-being.

CFI conducts research in collaboration with community partners to promote a better understanding of community and family issues, with a focus on promoting social justice and equity in a diverse and multiethnic world. CFI supports community-based research partnerships on a wide range of topics including but not limited to: homelessness, health and public health, social capital, education/schools, crime and violence, family, and youth. The Institute can provide expertise and analytical support to non-profits, local governments, school districts, etc. that are interested in developing comprehensive research/evaluation programs and assessments. Whether you need to better understand a specific project outcome or goal, or design a large data collection (secondary and/or primary) to better understand who you serve, CFI can assist with all phases of program and research development.

Dr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, CFI DirectorDr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, CFI Director
University Professor and Jones Chair in Community
Ph: 479-575-3777

Dr. Fitzpatrick's CV

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