Westwood Unidos‘ mission is “To unify and organize resident leaders and community-based organizations to take positive action on the topics residents identify as most important.”
Westwood Unidos is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Data Analysis: We are in need of research support to clean and analyze available data from the Sheriff’s Department to determine the number of evictions occurring in a particular zip code (80219) where our organization is based. Work on this project can begin in Fall 2019.
- Internship: We would like technical support creating and customizing a new database using Salesforce to help us manage our organizing work.
- Information Dissemination: We would like help creating a brochure to promote and share information about our organization with the public.
Women’s Bean Project is a non-profit organization that changes women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.
Women’s Bean project is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Information Dissemination: We would like help developing a strategic communications plan to help us effectively communicate our value proposition. The questions we need help answering are: What is our value added? Why do women choose WBP over other similar job options? What is (or isn’t) communicated to them in the process?
- Program Evaluation: Design a robust measuring system of the efficacy of our recruiting efforts, including key touch points throughout the recruiting process. Our goal is to increase our applicant pool by 30-50% and women to identify as “good fits” for the Women’s Bean.
- Key questions include:
- Where (or who) are our top 3 referral sources? “Best” is defined as referrals that result in program participants (and ultimately graduates).
- How do we improve our recruiting efforts?
- Do we need to change our program design to support our “best referral sources?” (i.e. move to month-to-month hiring vs. cohort model)
The Episcopal Church in Colorado is a diverse community of 104 worshiping communities (30,000 members) with a common faith. However you got here, wherever you are in your faith journey, we hope you find ways to connect and deepen your faith.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Research Design/ Data Collection: Conduct a Needs/Assets Assessment of all social ministries who are members of The Episcopal Church in Colorado (Especially as it is related to collective impact through the Anchor Institution model).
- Literature Review: How do you create a social network of cooperatives that has community impact and exchanges services with one another?
- Information Dissemination: Develop communication piece(s) to explain anchor institutions and address perceived barriers to achieving this mission for internal congregation leaders and members and for community members who are not direct members of the Church.
- Literature Review: Research precedent anchor institutions that we can learn from and adapt to our Colorado community (e.g. faith-based anchor institutions?).
- Literature Review: Research how churches can shift from a service model to an asset based community development model that impacts structural issues and inequities.
- Policy Analysis: Analysis on institutional change to better understand what steps institutions can take to acknowledge past harms (e.g. racism), promote healing, and become more inclusive moving into the future.
- Research Design/ Data Collection: Study on Church-based land developments to address community needs (e.g. creation of affordable housing on church-owned land).
- Literature Review/ Data Collection: How can congregations apply a Collective Impact approach to better understand community needs and strategies to address them?
Realm of Caring Foundation empowers people to take control of their health and enhance their quality of life by providing cannabinoid research initiatives in addition to educational programs and services.
Realm of Caring is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Information Dissemination: The Creative Intern helps plan and complete projects to support fundraising, graphic design, marketing, social media, and website initiatives. Projects may involve any media (print, audio, web, video, etc). Under direction of various staff members, the Creative Intern must understand what is needed, produce quality deliverables, and accept comments to reach a final design. This position reports to the Outreach Director.
- Grant Writing: The Grant Writing Intern seeks out and applies for grants pertaining to Realm of Caring’s mission. The intern will learn about key business operations, cannabis science, broad healthcare issues, and essential funding sources for non-profits. The Grant Writing Intern reports to the Operations Director.
- Information Dissemination: The Social Media Intern crafts and executes engaging campaigns and posts to effectively communicate Realm of Caring’s mission with the world. The intern completes their responsibilities with direction and cooperation from other team members, while also monitoring relevant statistics: reach, followers, etc. This position reports to the Outreach Director.
- Information Dissemination (MATCHED): The Realm of Caring is reorganizing and rethinking their current website. A Web Strategy Intern would contribute to website design and functionality. In collaboration with other team members, the intern defines and implements upgrades and modifications to the website front end, back-end, and underlying framework while prioritizing a friendly user experience. This position reports to the Technology and Data Director.
- Research Design (MATCHED): Data Analyst and/or Psychometrician Intern would work under the guidance of our Research Coordinator and Technology Director, contributing to one or more of the five ongoing collaborative initiatives with Johns Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson University, Colorado State University, Harvard University, UPENN, and Palo Alto Veterans Affairs. They would be assisting in our recruitment and potentially analyzing existing data sets. We currently use several validated measures in an active and ongoing Observational Research Registry, but there is an opportunity for a psychometrician intern to work with our research team on some current measurements, especially around cannabinoid therapy and health outcomes.
- Internship: The Business Intern position is an opportunity to gain real-world experience while being a productive member of a non-profit. Interns will learn about key operations with approved quality product companies that pass a rigorous quality checklist, cannabis science, and broad healthcare issues. They will gain understanding of the functions, goals, and workings of the nonprofit sector. The Business Intern reports to the Operations Director.
My Quiet Cave works to create a space for mental health and faith by providing workshops for faith leaders and facilitating in-person and online groups for those affected by mental disorder.
My Quiet Cave is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
- Program Evaluation: Would like to better assess the impacts of our 9-week Overcome facilitated group sessions on participants and facilitators (currently have a post-assessment and are interested in Qualitative evaluation methods).
- Information Dissemination (MATCHED): Interested in learning how we can improve our outreach to faith-based leaders to engage in mental health education workshops and individuals with mental health issues to engage in Overcome groups.
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.