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Community Research Assistantship (CRA) Final Presentation

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Wishcamper Center, Room 133

34 Bedford Street

Portland, ME 04101

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Research Assistants will showcase the work they did over the past year with community based organizations through DIP's CRA program

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Interested in non-profit capacity building? Workforce development? Establishing university + community connections?

The Data Innovation Project's Community Research Assistantship Program matches DIP-trained graduate research assistants from the University of Southern Maine with community-based organizations within the greater Portland area to support their applied research and evaluation efforts.

Come hear the Community Research Assistants (CRAs) present on their projects and experiences this year!

This presentation will showcase the work the CRAs did over the past year with community based organizations. Students will present findings from their projects as well as reflect on their experience in the program. The presentations will conclude with a Q&A session.

Lunch will be provided.

While this event is FREE, please register to help us make sure we have enough refreshments!

SHOULD I ATTEND?

  • Are you a Community Organization that is interested in having a CRA in the future? Come learn more about what the program experiences were like this year and get ideas for what makes a good CRA project.
  • Are you a funder who is interested in workforce development and nonprofit capacity building? Come learn about skills students learned and will apply in future work experiences and what supports nonprofits need in order to evaluate and improve their programs.
  • Are you a USM graduate student who is interested in being a CRA in the future? Come learn about what the experience is like and skills you may take away from the program. Meet DIP staff and CRA students to make connections.
  • Are you just interested in learning about the strengths and challenges of an innovative assistantship model? Come hear about this approach to building connections between the university and community while developing student experiences and enhancing capacity in the community.

THE PRESENTATIONS

Access to Care: MaineHealth’s Access to Care Programs help to promote access to quality health care for uninsured and underserved people across Maine. Brooke Smith, a second-year Masters in Public Health student, is helping to implement aligned performance measurement outcomes and processes across several Access to Care programs.

Maine Access Immigrant Network (MAIN): MAIN serves as a bridge and cultural broker for multilingual access to health and social services for immigrants, refugees, and asylees. Lyvia Gaewsky, a second-year Masters in Public Health student, is supporting a formative evaluation of a dental health access program, SmilePartners.

Operation HOPE: Operation HOPE is based in the Scarborough Police Department and connects people to pathways to recovery from Opioid Use Disorder within a safe environment, regardless of insurance status and ability to pay. Katelyn Malloy, a second-year Masters in Public Health student, is designing an evaluation plan that will look at capacity, the effectiveness of referrals, and other client-centered outcomes.

Portland Adult Education: Portland Adult Education is a wide-ranging community program that brings people and resources together for academic, ESOL, job skills training or personal enrichment courses. Erin Ludwig, a first-year Masters in Policy, Planning, and Management student, is assisting in a process evaluation of PAE’s English for Speakers of Other Languages program.

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34 Bedford Street

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