The Empowerment Program

The mission of the Empowerment Program is to provide education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system.

Empowerment Program is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Research Design/ Data Collection/ Data Analysis: Our research embraces new thinking about the capacity for violence and is dedicated to the prevention of bullying, violence and trauma. We have developed a theory on the Prevention of Violence and Trauma and a screening instrument to increase awareness of an individual’s capacity for violence. We need help distributing the instrument, regression analysis other statistical activities.

Women of Denver

Women of Denver‘s mission is to connect and inspire 100,000 women through their educational events and progressive thought-leadership, so they can acquire the knowledge and confidence to earn their worth.

Women Of Denver is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects (CURRENTLY ON HOLD FOR PARTNERSHIPS):

  • Research Design/ Data Collection: We’re partnering with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for a spring research project to gauge Colorado women’s confidence when it comes to their career and financial picture. We would compare the data on a generational level to consider if confidence varies by generation.
    • Questions in the survey would include things such as: Have you in the past 5 years asked for a raise at work? Do you feel you’re earning what you’re worth? Are you comfortable discussing your achievements with leaders and peers? Do you feel you are worthy of a higher level career or job? Do you regularly speak up in meetings?

PC’s for People

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet.

PC’s for People is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Program Evaluation: Implement a pre- and post-assessment to measure the impact of providing computers in students homes who did not have the money to purchase one and did not have one previously
  • Data Collection: What information and/or experience helps a person feel confident in purchasing internet and technology?
  • Literature Review/ Research Design: What level of education/competence is needed to make computer use most beneficial? Are there certain best practices that allow a person to use that technology better (e.g. resources, classes)?
  • Policy Review: What government policies for internet inclusion would grow the market for low cost internet on refurbished computers? (e.g. San Antonio has a goal for 95% of families to have internet in their home by 2020.)
  • Policy Review: What are some effective policies that would influence CO to recycle e-waste? CO currently has a 12% e-waste recycling rate vs 30% average in the nation.
  • Literature Review/Data Collection: How do you get more corporate entities to donate technology waste? Do they need green goals? Do they need to better learn the value of their technology? How do we rethink corporate giving? (e.g. Case studies for current corporate tech donators)
  • Research Design: Environmental scan to see what types of refurbishing and e-waste recycling is happening across the country. Create a set of criteria to identify current efforts, established recycling orgs, and identify what needs they have (e.g. software needs, full recycling effort)
  • Literature Review: What makes a trailblazer city within the digital inclusion/digital equity movement (according to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance)?
  • Research Design/ Data Collection: How do you set up connection points for technology and internet access in Denver Metro? Are there small technology hubs that people are accessing and that PCs for People can help resource (e.g family resource centers, recreation centers)?

Metro Denver Nature Alliance (Metro DNA)

Metro Denver Nature Alliance is a coalition of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts to ensure more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities, and natural places.

Metro DNA is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Program Evaluation: Develop evaluation program for Metro DNA informed by collective impact best practices. Want to learn how to evaluate our program, identify indicators of success, and collect data to illustrate impact.
  • Info Dissemination: Create a geodatabase that can be featured on our website to house biophysical data from our large initiatives like Vision for People and Nature and qualitative data from Nature Narratives. Goal to have geodatabase track conservation efforts by Metro DNA.
  • Policy Review: Create a legal tool box, research and analysis regarding the range of legal tools(e.g. policies, regulations) that can be used for urban conservation (e.g. brownfield redevelopment, watershed protection tools, land use and zoning tools) among local, state, and federal jurisdictions. What policy tools do individual jurisdictions have? What tools do they need? What is missing? Is there overlap?
  • Literature Review: Develop a funding toolbox for increased investment (e.g., white paper on use of PRIs, social impact bonds, etc.). How do you fund ecosystem services?
  • Data Collection: Continue implementation of Nature Narratives, a series of training workshops for our partners to learn about culturally meaningful story telling.
  • Data Analysis/ Research Design: Analyze results of spring City Nature Challenge survey results which measure City of Denver resident’s perceptions of and connection to nature. Explore how we can develop a larger research project with fellow organizations that host these Nature Challenges that might analyze trends and changes from place to place.
  • Internship: We would like student interns to represent Metro DNA at 2 conferences (Greater and Greener Conference, National Great Outdoors Day) in 2019 and report back findings to the team. Want to learn about successful initiatives and projects featured and explore how we might implement them here. Would also like student(s) to implement Nature Challenge survey at National Great Outdoors Day.