Kindred Pilot Study: Summary of Findings from Parent Surveys and Focus Groups

Kindred aims to tackle issues of racial and economic segregation in DC schools and communities by supporting dialogue groups for parents. In June 2017, the Urban Institute conducted surveys and focus groups among Kindred participants at Marie Reed Elementary School. Participants responded favorably to their experiences. Survey and focus group data suggest that Kindred activities produce the shifts in parent perceptions and behaviors outlined in its logic model. Parent perceptions of their peers improved over the course of the Kindred sessions, with parents attributing increased empathy, diversified relationships, increased access to resources, and greater locus of control to the program. Focus group data suggest that some parents are particularly motivated to expand the Kindred model.