July project update

We’re still pressing on with many of the projects we wrote about in June. Here’s an updated list of activities:

1) The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project (SCUIP)

  • This month’s newest subcategory is called, ‘Open space and recreation.’ It is the latest topic under ‘Environment,’ and the page details the number and types of recreation amenities, the demand on recreation amenities according to national standards, and protected versus unprotected open space.
  • We look forward to working with our high school interns to add at least one page on college access this summer.

2) Taunton HOPE VI evaluation

  • The final head-of-household interview will be conducted next week!
  • Later this month we will begin updating data points first released in this report.

3) College access

  • Interns begin their work with us on July 1. Over the next few weeks, they’ll be introducing themselves on this blog.
  • While the topic at hand is college access, the interns will be working together to decide what aspect of college access will be their focus and what deliverable(s) they’ll generate by the end of summer.

4) LifeWork Project

  • While we wait for the LifeWork project coordinator to be hired (know someone? see job posting here!) so that we can work with this person to begin setting up the evaluation process, we have been researching software that similar programs and organizations use to track outcomes.

5) Small business technical assistance evaluation

  • This month we wrap up interviews for and write our report on New Bedford’s Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) and the impact of its small business technical assistance program on entrepreneurs, many of whom are immigrants.

6. Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) conference

  • Along with Department of Public Policy Professor Chad McGuire, we have been selected to present at the CUMU conference in Kentucky this fall!
  • Our presentation relates to the degree to which cities’ efforts to plan for/respond to climate change overlap with efforts to attract human capital.
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