In April 2002, Baylor University's School of Social Work received a 30-month research grant of more than $2 million for its part in a larger $6 million initiative from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Faith and Service Technical Education Network, or FASTEN, is a collaborative initiative of Baylor's School of Social Work, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the Hudson Institute, and Harvard University's "Executive Session on Faith-Based and Community Approaches to Urban Revitalization." FASTEN studied how urban congregations and faith-based organizations (FBOs) were making a difference in the lives of families and communities facing poverty.
Dr. Diana Garland served as Project Director, Dr. Gaynor Yancey and Dr. Rob Rogers served as Associate Directors, Dr. Jon Singletary served as faculty researcher and Mrs. Angela Fields as Project Manager. The research team was also comprised of faculty, staff, and research associates at the Baylor School of Business, the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.
These faculty members included Dr. Rick Martinez from the Baylor School of Business, Dr. Ellen Netting and Dr. Mary Katherine O'Connor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Ray Engel and Dr. Hide Yamatani at University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. John Orr at the University of Southern California. The FASTEN research involved nationwide qualitative and quantitative components that aimed at identifying promising and effective practices in faith-based social service provision. The primary focus was on collaborative models of service, where FBOs were actively working with other partners-faith-based and non faith-based, public and private-in implementing effective programs.
Please contact John Singletary for further information or visit the FASTEN Website at www.FASTENNETWORK.org.