Growth Partners staff are skilled at using research to identify unique and notable practices that can solve problems and improve outcomes. We completed a number of research briefs in 2021 to help practitioners and organizations address unique challenges, many of which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing secondary exposure to trauma

Our brief on secondary exposure to trauma is guiding a workforce retention pilot project for the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs. We’re coordinating this project in partnership with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.

Reducing Youth tobacco access

When North Carolina’s Retailer Violation Rate (RVR) of sales of tobacco products to minors reached 20.8%, putting them in jeopardy of significant federal financial penalties, they reached out to Growth Partners staff for help.
We helped state and local partners improve real-time data collection to identify and address the factors causing the increase. Within one year, NC ‘s RVR decreased to 12.2%.
As part of this effort, the Growth Partners team developed an automated system for collecting and analyzing data from law enforcement inspections of retail tobacco outlets. The system—which uses Excel to circumvent state IT access issues—generates real-time dashboards that display key violation characteristics.
Law enforcement agencies have been so pleased with the results they’ve asked us
to adapt the form so it can also be used to analyze inspection data involving retail sales of alcohol to youth.