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Research

At the time of its inception, CREDO made a conscientious commitment to include scientifically designed longitudinal research and evaluation as an integrated program component. As a result of this commitment to research, it has been possible to statistically monitor and document the effectiveness of CREDO in influencing the well-being of clergy and others in the Episcopal Church.

CREDO's approach to the research and evaluation process has been grounded in assessment and evaluation literature, integrated with sound research methodological approaches, and consistent in data collection, analysis, and presentation.

In addition to the research and documentation of its own programming, CREDO has collaborated on multiple projects that provide resources for Episcopal leadership and wellness programs.


A sampling of collaborative research initiatives in CREDO's portfolio includes:

Evaluation of CREDO's Impact

This evaluation is an in-depth, interview-based study to determine the five-year impact of CREDO on participants and their families, congregations, dioceses, and the Episcopal Church.

CREDO Wellness Research

CREDO’s longtime associations with academic researchers resulted in numerous research projects; findings from some were included in the essay collection All Shall Be Well: An Approach to Wellness. In two dozen essays and personal reflections exploring the hallmark CREDO cycle — Identity, Discernment, Practice, and Transformation— CREDO conference faculty members and researchers present an approach to wellness and vocational and personal transformation that has affected and changed the lives of thousands.

Clergy Wellness Report

Completed in 2006, the Episcopal Clergy Wellness Report sought to provide a long-term, systemic, and strategic perspective to strengthen clergy and ultimately the Church through a focus on wellness.

Around One Table

A multi-layered initiative, Around One Table  is designed to engage people in constructive conversations about the identity and mission of the Episcopal Church and how that relates to their lives and ministries.


CREDO has also been involved in research on the emotional health of clergy and clergy families, issues of ordained women, emotional health and wellness of bishops and bishop spouses, and Episcopal transitions and elections.

As a result of the investment in research and evaluation, information is available to both CREDO and the wider Church about the health and wellness of its people and leaders.

 

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