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1 1 Passkeys Foundation The Finish Line Market Research Preliminary Report University of Southern California IBEAR MBA July 25, 2006 Richard

2 2 Passkeys Foundation/The Jefferson Center, a 20-year old organization that has delivered character education curricula to schools nationwide, is launching a new character education program directed at parents called The Finish Line. A combination of a free weekly newsletter, a Web site of materials, a future book, and an online store of character education materials such as childrens books and videos, The Finish Line is lifetime product for parents concerned with their childrens values and character. Situation The Finish Line does not have a marketing budget and has to depend solely on word-of-mouth and viral marketing to grow the audience for The Finish Line newsletter and, through the newsletter, attract parents to the online offerings including the online store. Because its business is concerned largely with outcomes rather than outputs, Passkeys Foundation/Jefferson Center needs to know the best way to proceed to have maximum impact on the parent audience. Complication Is there a way to reach a large audience of parents through a parenting newsletter? What needs do parents have that the structure and themes of The Finish Line newsletter, Web site, and book should foreground to maximize both its impact? Should The Finish Line target parent influencers, such as therapists, teachers, and religious leaders, to maximize impact? Finally, would the publication of a book, The Finish Line, substantially increase the reach of the newsletter/Web site service? Question Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006

3 3 Methodology Secondary Research 210 Websites 12 Annual reports Teacher and parent guidebooks Student materials Center for the 4 th and 5 th Rs Smart & Good High Schools summary of research CEP 2001 National Schools of Character Ethics Resource Center, Character Education: How to Get Started Character Education in Americas Blue Ribbon Schools: Best Practices for Meeting the Challenge Interviews & Surveys Exploratory research methodology 10 parent telephone interviews 2 completed 80 online parent surveys 43 completed 10 child therapist telephone interviews 7 completed 10 pastor/minister/priest/rabbi/etc. telephone interviews 2 completed 10 teacher telephone interviews 1 completed Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006

4 4 Methodology (contd) Academic Research Lawrence Kohlberg, The Psychology of Moral Development George McLean, Psychological Foundations of Moral Education and Character Development Robert Coles, The Moral Intelligence of Children Thomas Lickona, Character Matters: How To Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues Thomas Lickona, Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect & Responsibility Marvin Berkowitz, Melinda Bier, What Works in Character Education Marvin Berkowitz, A Primer for Evaluating a Character Education Initiative Marvin Berkowitz, The Education of the Complete Moral Person Frank Goble, The Case for Character Education CASEL Safe & Sound Schools Program Meta-analysis Education/academic journal articles Interviews with top character/values education researchers: Dr. Thomas Lickona (SUNY Cortland), Dr. Marvin Berkowitz (University of St. Louis) Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006

5 5 Methodology Interviews & Surveys Exploratory research methodology 10 parent telephone interviews 2 completed 80 online parent surveys 43 completed 10 child therapist telephone interviews 7 completed 10 pastor/minister/priest/rabbi/etc. telephone interviews 2 completed 10 teacher telephone interviews 1 completed Approach Client interview Academic interviews Pretest telephone surveys on 15 individuals

6 6 1 Research hypotheses 2 Interest in a parenting newsletter is correlated with values/character concerns that parents have in regard to their children. Personal familiarity with character education programs will increase parents and parent influencers participation & proliferation potential. Publication of the book, The Finish Line, will greatly increase interest in the newsletter. Parent influencers have a higher proliferation potential than parents. 3 4 Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006

7 7 1 Preliminary conclusions & recommendations 2 Secondary and academic research shows that the focus should be broader than just reach. Exploratory research shows that there is an interest in the service among both parents and parent influencers. Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006 Familiarity with character education programs does not increase parent receptiveness; program partnerships may not influence reach. Influencers have a high proliferator potential, specifically religious leaders; Passkeys should establish character partnerships with them. A few key needs among the highest potential audience and proliferators should be explored further or addressed in the product

8 8 11 Preliminary conclusions & recommendations (contd) 2 Secondary and academic research shows that the focus should be broader than just reach. Exploratory research shows that there is an interest in the service among both parents and parent influencers. Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006 Familiarity with character education programs does not increase parent receptiveness; program partnerships may not influence reach. Influencers have a high proliferator potential, specifically religious leaders; Passkeys should establish character partnerships with them. A few key needs among the highest potential audience and proliferators should be explored further or addressed in the product

9 9 Outcomes differ from outputs and are measured by impact. Outputs Growth Market creation Revenues Donations Growth Market creation Revenues Donations Outcomes Childrens learning Behavior change Character development Moral judgment Social & emotional learning Performance Childrens learning Behavior change Character development Moral judgment Social & emotional learning Performance Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006

10 10 Focusing only on reach is only part of the impact picture. Commitment Effectiveness Reach Impact Broad effort & multiple, continuous character education experiences Defined goals Measurable outcomes Assessment and evaluation Broad effort & multiple, continuous character education experiences Defined goals Measurable outcomes Assessment and evaluation Geographic reach Demographic reach Geographic reach Demographic reach School leadership advocacy Teacher advocacy and involvement Involvement and commitment of parents Community commitment School leadership advocacy Teacher advocacy and involvement Involvement and commitment of parents Community commitment Sources: What Works in Character Education, 2006; Educating for Character, 1993; academic interviews, April 2006

11 11 1 Preliminary conclusions & recommendations (contd) 2 Secondary and academic research shows that the focus should be broader than just reach. Familiarity with character education programs does not increase parent receptiveness; program partnerships may not influence reach. Influencers have high proliferator potential, specifically religious leaders; Passkeys should establish character partnerships with them. Exploratory research shows that there is an interest in the service among both parents and parent influencers. A few key needs among the highest potential audience and proliferators should be explored further or addressed in the product Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July

12 12 The Finish Line has high potential in terms of audience and proliferators... Source: Web surveys, July 2006 High Proliferators High Proliferators Moderate Proliferators Moderate Proliferators Low Proliferators Low Proliferators 58% 28% 14% 52% 18% 30% 46% 38% 16% YES MAYBE NO

13 13... and especially among people parents who purchase character/values books & videos for their children. Source: Web surveys, July 2006 Purchase values books & videos Purchase values books & videos Do not purchase Entire population 62% 16% 22% 18% 55% 27% 51% 30% 19% YES MAYBE NO

14 14 They are more likely to subscribe if a book has already been published. Source: Web surveys, July 2006 High Proliferators High Proliferators Moderate Proliferators Moderate Proliferators Low Proliferators Low Proliferators 43% 14% 66% 20% 14% 74% 13% YES MAYBE NO

15 15 1 Preliminary conclusions & recommendations (contd) 2 Secondary and academic research shows that the focus should be broader than just reach. Familiarity with character education programs does not increase parent receptiveness; program partnerships may not influence reach. Influencers have high proliferator potential, specifically religious leaders; Passkeys should establish character partnerships with them. Exploratory research shows that there is an interest in the service among both parents and parent influencers. A few key needs among the highest potential audience and proliferators should be explored further or addressed in the product Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July

16 16 All influencers expressed an interest in proliferating The Finish Line among parents... Source: Telephone surveys, July 2006 Child Therapists/ Social Workers Child Therapists/ Social Workers Teachers/ Principals Teachers/ Principals Religious Leaders Religious Leaders 29% 71% YES MAYBE 100% 50%

17 17... and a significant concern that surfaced was how to increase commitment among parents. Child Therapists/ Social Workers Child Therapists/ Social Workers Teachers/ Principals Teachers/ Principals Religious Leaders Religious Leaders Source: Telephone surveys, July 2006

18 18 1 Preliminary conclusions & recommendations (contd) 2 Secondary and academic research shows that the focus should be broader than just reach. Familiarity with character education programs does not increase parent receptiveness; program partnerships may not influence reach. Influencers have high proliferator potential, specifically religious leaders; Passkeys should establish character partnerships with them. Exploratory research shows that there is an interest in the service among both parents and parent influencers. A few key needs among the highest potential audience and proliferators should be explored further or addressed in the product Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July

19 19 There is no significant correlation between parent interest in The Finish Line and having children who have had character education programs... Source: Web surveys, July 2006 Children have had character education Children have had character education 55% 13% 32% YES MAYBE NO Children have not had character education Children have not had character education 63% 25% 12% YES MAYBE NO

20 20... and this includes the two most widespread character education programs... Source: Web surveys, July 2006 D.A.R.E. 46% 23% 31% YES MAYBE NO CHARACTER COUNTS! 33% 17% 50% YES MAYBE NO 36 million students/year 6 million students/year

21 21... but the exceptions are Positive Coaching and STAR. Source: Web surveys, July 2006 Children have been in Positive Coaching Children have been in Positive Coaching 71% 14.5% YES MAYBE NO Children have been in STAR Children have been in STAR 71% 29% YES MAYBE High parental involvement programs High implementation program

22 22 Parent influencers were unfamiliar with character education programs. Source: Telephone interviews, July 2006 Had children in D.A.R.E. Had children in D.A.R.E. 71% 14% 32% YES DONT KNOW NO Had children in other character ed programs Had children in other character ed programs 74% 26% DONT KNOW NO

23 23 1 Preliminary conclusions & recommendations (contd) 2 Secondary and academic research shows that the focus should be broader than just reach. Familiarity with character education programs does not increase parent receptiveness; program partnerships may not influence reach. Influencers have high proliferator potential, specifically religious leaders; Passkeys should establish character partnerships with them. Exploratory research shows that there is an interest in the service among both parents and parent influencers. A few key needs among the highest potential audience and proliferators should be explored further or addressed in the product Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July

24 24 High potential parents are worried about morals and parental involvement. Total Responses 43 responses 23 responses Parental Involvement 20 responses Values/ Morals 10 responses Responsibility 5 responses Other Source: Web surveys, July 2006

25 25 Parent proliferators are primarily worried about the role that parents play. Total Responses 10 responses 6 responses Parental Involvement 5 responses Parental Example 4 responses Age appropriate parenting 3 responses Electronic media Source: Web surveys, July 2006

26 26 1 Limitations 2 Sample size limitations for individual categories of parent influencers. Web survey sample was large but offered no opportunities for detailed questions. Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006 Influencer survey sample was not random; further research would study a larger, non-random sample. 3 4 Open-ended questions have yet to be coded and correlated with interest and proliferation potential. 5 None of the proportions have been statistically tested for significance.

27 27 1 Further research 2 Descriptive, large sample research on parent influencers for a Partners of Character initiative. Research into the parent commitment component of impact. Source: IBEAR Marketing 512 Project, July 2006 Descriptive research on the market potential of individual product offerings in the online store and the buyer potential of newsletter subscribers. Further research into the market potential of the book and its specific influence on driving parents and influencers to the online service. 3 4


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