January project update

Here’s a brief rundown of what we’re working on this month:

1. Newsletter for the National Dropout Prevention Center

We’re putting the finishing touches on an upcoming newsletter for the NDPC which we were asked to guest-edit. The topic is ‘urban issues in education/dropout,’ so we’ve come up with a selection of pieces related to the fact that education is inextricable from issues like poverty, housing, and immigration. Stay tuned for the link!

2. Veteran Needs Assessment

Our effort to survey Veterans in the SouthCoast continues, with the goal of providing New Bedford’s Veteran’s Transition House with original data on services and supports needed by Vets in our community.

3. SouthCoast health dashboard

Site development continues as we wrap up efforts to add content to what will eventually be a web-based resource for anyone looking to learn more about public health in our region and to use data to inform decision-making. Next, we’ll ask some of this project’s key investors/stakeholders to review and provide feedback on content before we regroup with our web developer to add tools to enhance functionality and user-friendliness.

4. LifeWork evaluation

We’ve just finished building out the Salesforce database for this project, and as we wait for data on students’ academic outcomes from the fall semester, we’ll be undergoing a round of training to learn how to use Salesforce for reporting.

5. National League of Cities/New Bedford Health Department

The City of New Bedford Health Department was recently awarded a grant from the National League of Cities to design a campaign to improve health insurance rates among children in New Bedford. The Urban Initiative/Center for Policy Analysis is serving as the evaluator for this project, and we’ve recently begun working with Health Department staff to brainstorm approaches to measure an important issue that is sometimes hard to document.


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