March project update

This month, we expect to wrap up two projects: we’ll be producing the final report on Veterans’ needs in the SouthCoast for our partners at the Veteran’s Transition House in New Bedford, and we’ll be launching (softly) the website we’ve developed to serve as a clearinghouse for public health data, resources, and news in greater Fall River and greater New Bedford. We also finalized our first annual report on Taunton’s HOPE VI project; stay tuned for its publication on our website.

We’re also adding a project to our portfolio. Last month, the Center for Education Innovation at Friends Academy reached out to us regarding their interest in evaluating the impact of their programming in New Bedford Public Schools. We’ll be spending the rest of the school year implementing a pilot evaluation of their programming while developing a long-term evaluation plan that will facilitate ongoing assessments of CEI’s process and impact.

In addition to these projects, our team is:

  • working with the United Way of Greater New Bedford to assess process and impact around its Hunger Commission,
  • developing a report on the progress of the LifeWork program of the Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA and fine-tuning LifeWork’s long-term evaluation plan,
  • advising students in Professor Gloria de Sa’s Urban Sociology course in their efforts to conduct applied research in New Bedford, and
  • developing an evaluation plan for the City of New Bedford Health Department’s strategy to improve health insurance coverage among children and families in the city.

We’re also beginning to brainstorm around the theme of our high school internship this summer. Last summer, our interns addressed college access in the SouthCoast. Suggestions are welcome. We’re also looking at our hiring needs, as our two grad assistants–Katya Starostina and Bob Golder–are graduating in May. If you know a UMass Dartmouth undergraduate or graduate student who may be interested in supporting our work, please put them in touch!

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