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Practical Community Learning Project

Digital Access and Literacy in the Villages at Parkside

January 2022 - April 2022
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Alexia Carillo Villalobos (MPP ‘23), Devon Regal (BA ‘22)
Friends of Parkside (FOP) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization located on Detroit’s east side in the Villages at Parkside, a public housing complex. FOP has a 15-member board of directors consisting of Parkside residents and representatives from community-based organizations.This project focused on digital access in the Parkside community, specifically identifying residents’ ability to access resources and participate in programs that will enhance their ability to use less energy and save money. The deliverable was a participant pre-survey of the residents in the housing complex....
Practical Community Learning Project

Homeless Action Network of Detroit Housing Policy Research

January 2022 - April 2022
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Donovan Gayles (MPP ‘23), Anna Kelly (MPP ‘23)
The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND)’s core mission is to provide leadership to address homelessness in Detroit. One part of executing this mission involves advocacy to promote policies that increase affordable housing stock. For their deliverable, the team created a memo presenting an analysis of federal, state and local legislation relevant to HAND’s interest in the creation and maintenance of affordable housing stock in Detroit. The memo offers a variety of advocacy options at the federal, state and local level. Options include advocating for federal legislation to create...
Practical Community Learning Project

Supporting Father Involvement in Michigan

January 2022 - April 2022
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Rene Rosas Escalona (MPP ‘23)
The Michigan Action Plan for Fatherhood Involvement was created to explore ways of expanding support for the involvement of fathers in parenting/custody arrangements and to guide the establishment of permanent structures for improving policies and programs that benefit fathers and their families. The project sought to understand 50/50 shared parenting legislation on the state level and ways the organization could advocate and support such initiatives. During the project, the student researcher considered questions such as: how do states define 50/50 shared parenting, are these pieces of...
Research fellow projects

Supporting Environmentally Friendly Mining Legislation in Michigan

January 2022 - April 2022
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Samir Deshpande (MPP ‘23), Rachel McGivern (MPA ‘22), Kjersti Swanson (BA ‘23), Yuer Wang (MPP ‘24)
Four fellows provided research support for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and the office of State Senator Rosemary Bayer to improve a bill (SB 429 of 2021) that was introduced in the Michigan Senate to update regulations on the mining of aggregate materials (e.g., sand, gravel, stone, clay). The team conducted case studies of nine states, focusing on the relative authorities of state and local governments in the permitting and restoration processes, as well as topical overviews around soil conservation best practices, the use of recycled aggregate materials, and stakeholder...
Research fellow projects

Redevelopment Ready Communities: Advancing Sustainable Economic Development Through Inclusion

January 2022 - April 2022
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José Lemus (MPP ‘22)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Redevelopment Ready Communities Program (RRC) helps Michigan communities build effective zoning ordinances, streamline their development review processes, and design stakeholder engagement practices to incentivize community-driven economic growth. As an RRC fellow, the student helped the City of Lincoln Park obtain RRC certification by updating the city's public participation plan, mapping the city’s development review process, and cultivating a working relationship with Lincoln Park’s Hispanic entrepreneurial community. Through the work,...
Practical Community Learning Project

Michigan State Representative Kuppa Legal Immigrant Policy Advocacy

January 2022 - April 2022
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Jessica Williams (MPP ‘22)
State Representative Padma Kuppa has been working to pass H.R. 248 – a policy resolution in the state of Michigan that calls for the federal government to quickly enact legislation addressing the backlog in employment–based (EB) green cards, including, but not limited to, H.R. 3648 (the EAGLE Act). The goals of the project were: to research the landscape of EB green cards, including the national backlog and economic impact of the immigrant workforce; to document previous and proposed legislation on the national backlog at the state and federal levels; and to identify and engage with...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Building Stakeholder Capacity for Impact Investing

September 2021 - December 2021
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Isaac Nico (MPA ‘22), Doug Ortiz (MPP ‘22)
Impact investing is the practice of investing to both seek a financial return and create tangible social or environmental benefits. It is a tool that is emerging in philanthropy providing foundations new ways to use their capital more effectively and create social impact while possibly gaining a financial return or return on capital. The goal of this project was to support the Council of Michigan Foundations’ (CMF) efforts to provide impact investing education and resources for the CMF community of philanthropy. It provides a starting point for foundations that are interested in this emerging...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Analysis of Community Capital Impacts

September 2021 - December 2021
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Maximilian Hill (MPP '22), José Lemus (MPP ‘22), Dan Marchini (MPP ‘22), Emily Tuesday (MPA '22)
Made possible by the 2012 JOBS Act, Community Capital fundraising has become an increasingly popular way for small regional businesses and fledgling startups to raise capital while providing investment opportunities to investors at all levels of income and sophistication.  This report analyzes data from Honeycomb Credit, a major crowdfunding platform, to evaluate SEC regulations on crowdfunding, identify gaps in current reporting requirements, and recommend areas for further research. The team looked at comparisons between businesses within two major cities, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, due...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

The People’s Budgeting Project

September 2021 - December 2021
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Larry Kata (MPP/MHI ‘22), Sharif Krabti (MSW ‘21), Rachel Schafer (MPP ‘22), Michelle Ubah (MPP ‘22), Maheen Zahid (MPP ‘22)
The team’s research sought to uncover how to create a more participatory, justice-centered budgeting process for Washtenaw County. Their final presentation summarizes these findings in a way that’s accessible to citizens looking to become engaged around this issue.  The team focused on 1) current county budget processes and 2) best practices for implementing participatory budgeting. They found that while change tends to be incremental, there are signs that trying to create more opportunities to change the budgeting process is viable. If those changes come in the form of participatory...
Practical Community Learning Project

Tobacco Policy in Schools

September 2021 - December 2021
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Sharon C. Espinosa (MPP ‘23), Karina Zanyk McLean (MPP ‘23)
This team of students partnered with the American Heart Association Department of Health Strategies to help develop recommendations for schools to use in developing tobacco policies. The team researched current school policies throughout Michigan and the U.S. to identify best practices of reducing tobacco usage among student populations. The students were encouraged to identify policies that use a lesser or non-punitive approach in terms of punishing offenders within a student body. In addition, the team used their findings to craft policy recommendations for revising current...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Assessing Special Ed Teacher Shortages in US K-12 Schools

September 2021 - December 2021
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AJ Convertino (MPP ‘22), Eleanor Pershing (MPP ‘22), Cassidy Uchman (MPP ‘22), Jess Williams (MPP ‘22)
Numerous factors contribute to special education teacher and paraprofessional shortages in K-12 education in the United States. The project is a comprehensive literature review that examines existing information and data on this topic, identifies gaps in research and access to information, and offers some potential policy solutions or responses.  The team’s key takeaways and conclusions from the literature review: Better certification, recruitment, and retention policies at the local, state, and federal levels are needed to respond to shortages and prevent future shortages in special...
Practical Community Learning Project

Business and Building Owner Resource Connections

September 2021 - December 2021
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Chelsea Gaylord (MPP ‘23), Lily Israel (BA ‘23), Ramsay Ritchie (MPP ‘23)
The Hamtramck Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP) team had three specific objectives: design a one-page resource guide informed by research and merchant focus groups; develop a database of small business resources from local, state, and federal partners; and assist the Hamtramck Community and Economic Department (CED) team in facilitating a city-wide merchant meeting. These objectives were successfully completed by the student team over a three-step effort involving analysis, resource development and design, and resource implementation. The team assisted in the planning and execution...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Senior Community Service Employment Program Outcomes

September 2021 - December 2021
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Tia Caldwell (MPP ‘22), Megha Uberoi (MPH ‘22)
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides subsidized community service work to low-income Americans 55 and older. The program is unique in that it targets older workers and offers insight into employment outcomes later in life. SCSEP has two statutory goals, providing opportunities for community service and transitioning participants to unsubsidized employment. This report explores how well SCSEP is meeting its dual purpose before turning to whether those proposals are broad enough to capture the important benefits of SCSEP.   The report specifically: Examines...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Understanding the Risks of a Changing Climate for the Great Lakes

September 2021 - December 2021
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Delores Ami-Narh (MBA ‘22), Ryan Fogarty (MPA ‘22), Karissa Kresge (MPP ‘22), Max Shpilband (MPP ‘23)
The Great Lakes Commission’s Action Plan for a Resilient Great Lakes notes, “All members of the Great Lakes community have a role to play in securing a more resilient Great Lakes Basin.” One such role community members can play, and a stated goal across the Action Plan, was to connect existing knowledge on the Great Lakes Basin and ensure community expertise is available. Responding to this need in the community, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), in partnership with Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, sought to aggregate existing studies and assessments that identify risks related to...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Training Future Policymakers

September 2021 - December 2021
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Mallak Beydoun (MPA '22), Justin Fisher (MPA ‘22), Jeffrey Pfeifer (MPA ‘22)
The team provided a framework and guide for future policy makers enrolled in the City of Detroit’s Executive Leadership Program. The presentation is divided into three categories: policy making process, influences on the policy making process, and limitation on influences/ethics.  There are six steps identified in the policy making process: proposing legislation; submitting legislation to City Council; public input; committee hearings; voting; implementation; and corporation council review. City Administration may also create regulations, decisions or executive orders. Policy can be...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Economic Impacts of Resilient Investments in the Great Lakes

September 2021 - December 2021
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Nomindari Gousakoff (MPP ‘22), Robert Killeen (MS ‘22 SEAS), Yasin Shafi (MPP ‘22)
The team’s research evaluated the economic benefits of three city-government climate resilience projects implemented in the Great Lakes Region (GLR). The case studies are adaptation projects implemented in Toledo, Ohio, Two Harbors, Minnesota and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The cases indicate climate-resilience focused interventions were cost-beneficial for Two Harbors and Ann Arbor and projected to be cost-beneficial for Toledo. The research illustrates the complexity of climate-resiliency projects and the economic considerations that exist within them. The report provides an overview of each...
Strategic Public Policy Consulting

Food Security Landscape

September 2021 - December 2021
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Saba Ansari (MPH ‘22), Karina Hernandez (MPP ‘22)
Oakland County maintains a high standard of living, but food insecurity exists throughout pockets of the county.  For Oakland County to maintain and further strengthen its economic prosperity, community health, and workforce, it must reconsider its approach to meeting its communities' basic needs. In March of 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law, distributing money to states and counties to address urgent COVID-19 response efforts and the systemic public health effects that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic. The students were tasked with identifying...
Practical Community Learning Project

Landlord Engagement and Best Practices

September 2021 - December 2021
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Mira Bader (BA ‘23), Lukas Hagen (MPP ‘23), Anna Kelly (MPP ‘23), Steve Knutson (MPP ‘23)
The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) is developing a coordinated approach to engage with landlords to rent to people experiencing homelessness in Detroit to ease coordination and communication by consolidating housing resources into one system-wide database. The researchers’ role focused on investigating housing databases and best practices, compiling contacts and resources for use in the database, conducting case studies of successful landlord engagement in comparable cities, and compiling a report of the findings. Their report provides HAND with the necessary information to...
Practical Community Learning Project

Scan of Cybersecurity Training Programs

September 2021 - December 2021
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Jasmine Kaltenbach (BA ‘21), Rachel McGivern (MPA ‘22)
The University of Michigan-Flint Office of Economic Development received a Cybersecurity Training Center designation and is interested in pursuing and implementing cybersecurity training in North Flint. The team recommended a cybersecurity training program, CyberStart America, and identified a community center, Berston Field House, to gauge community interest and discuss implementing this program. They also worked with Berston Field House to create a survey to be used to understand community interest, which can also be used as supporting documentation for future grant proposals by...
Research fellow projects

Analysis of Political Reform Strategies for Michigan

May 2021 - July 2021
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Mandy Mitchell (MPP '22)
The research fellow investigated the likely impacts of adopting a nonpartisan primary with ranked choice voting in Michigan at the request of the Michigan Consensus Policy Project (MCCP). The MCPP is a bipartisan working group of former state officials that seeks to identify nonpartisan solutions to the state's most pressing...
Research fellow projects

Policy Primer for Local Government Officials - Landscape Analysis

May 2021 - July 2021
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Nicholas Birdsong (J.D., MPP ‘22)
The research fellow worked with Detroit’s Civil Rights’ Inclusion and Opportunity (CRIO) Department to develop an advocacy primer for municipal officials. The primer laid out a framework for action and identified strategies for working at multiple levels of government to improve equity and inclusion in the city of...
Research fellow projects

Soil Reclamation Best Practices Research Review

May 2021 - July 2021
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Sam Stragand (MPP ‘23)
The research fellow worked with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to research “Soil Reclamation Best Practices” as part of a pro-environment legislative proposal to reform the regulation of aggregate (gravel) mining in the state of Michigan. The fellow’s research identified successful industry and government practices from around the world and analyzed the efficacy of those practices within the State of Michigan's regulatory...
Practical Community Learning Project

AHA Tobacco in School Elimination

May 2021 - June 2021
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Arron McDonald (BA ‘22), Brenna Goss (BA ‘22)
Two fellows were charged with researching current school policies throughout Michigan and the U.S. to identify best practices of reducing tobacco usage among student populations. The fellows were encouraged to identify policies that use a lesser or non-punitive approach in punishing offenders within a student body. Fellows used their findings to craft policy recommendations for current policies that could be adapted and provided research for the development of non-smoking/vaping social...
Practical Community Learning Project

Michigan Parenting Time Guideline – Accessibility and Usability Evaluation

May 2021 - June 2021
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Brenna Healy (BA ‘22), Gerald Sill (BA ‘22)
The fellows provided technical assistance to design the survey methodology for the State of the Court Administrative Office Friend of the Court Bureau’s Guideline revision project. Separate surveys were created for two distinct audiences of the Guideline users:  parents who have an existing custody, parenting time, and child support case; and legal/court professionals who work with parents to determine a parenting time schedule. The parents survey, in particular, explored the impact of a change in parenting time on payment of a child support...
Practical Community Learning Project

UM-Flint Office of Economic Development, Scan of Cybersecurity Training Programs

May 2021 - May 2021
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Molly Ryan (BA ‘22)
A PCLP fellow studied both the local cybersecurity training ecosystem and best practices in communities with demographics similar to Flint. Topics of interest included available types of training, cost, and delivery methods for high school students. Through virtual interviews with local stakeholders, the fellow learned if there was a demand for this type of training, and documented challenges and opportunities in communities that have been able to implement cybersecurity training programs. The research findings will be used to help inform UM-Flint’s Office of Economic Development, as well as...
Research fellow projects

University Artic Institute Gap Analysis

January 2021 - April 2021
Students worked with the U.S. Department of Energy's Arctic Energy Office to create an “Arctic Research Resource Compendium,” which identified and cataloged university-based Arctic research institutes in the U.S. and Canada. The research resources included a list of Arctic and polar institutes, the focus of each of these institutes, and specific research projects of interest, particularly in the energy, environment and climate space....
Practical Community Learning Project

2nd House District Water Infrastructure Funding

January 2021 - April 2021
The students developed a water infrastructure asset map that identifies stakeholders, agencies, and updates at every level of government that impact the area. Final deliverables also included information about funding opportunities for infrastructure repair from philanthropy and federal...
Practical Community Learning Project

Livonia Police Data Analysis

January 2021 - April 2021
This project involved an examination of diversity, equity, and inclusion policing issues in the city of Livonia, Michigan.  The student team examined the correlation between race and interactions with police in Livonia using criminal justice data, census information, and other available...
Practical Community Learning Project

Michigan Food Security Council Research Project

January 2021 - April 2021
COVID-19 has highlighted issues across Michigan’s food assistance programs. In order to better understand and rectify these inequalities, the Michigan Food Security Council’s Food Security Policy Workgroup and the Ford School conducted an environmental scan of food assistance and food security policies, and also completed a literature review that describes the effectiveness and requirements of various food...