Practical Community Learning Project

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The Last Word

May 31, 2022
As part of the Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP), a semester-long independent policy-based community project in Detroit, community engagement manager DeAndré J. Calvert and a team of Ford School students worked on digital access with the...

Students highlight their practical policy engagements

Dec 17, 2020
Ford School students engaged in real problem-solving in the fall 2020 semester, tackling some of the most important issues facing Michigan. The undergraduate and graduate students participated in research and analysis projects as a part of the...
P3E alumni experiences

Alumni Experiences with Leah Squires

Nov 1, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
Join P3E for our first Alumni Experiences discussion with Leah Squires (MPP '20), an evaluator and project manager with expertise in international human rights, nonprofit management, and training development and implementation. P3E has launched a new initiative, Alumni Experiences, where alums share their experiences, insights, and advice with small groups of current students, followed by a Q&A.    

P3E Summer 2021 Student Showcase

Jul 7, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP) and research fellows showcased their Summer 2021 projects and presented their findings to an audience of their peers, Ford School staff, mentors, and community partners.

P3E Winter 2021 Student Showcase

Apr 21, 2021, 4:00-5:20 pm EDT
Join P3E for Winter 2021 Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP) and research assistant student presentations.

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...

Michigan’s Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration

January 2021 - April 2021
The project involved research and writing policy recommendations related to Michigan’s Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to build the power of individuals and families to challenge the root causes of poverty, advance justice, and promote human development through neighborhood-driven community organizing and civic...

Detroit Police and Community Relations

September 2020 - December 2020
Five students partnered with Peace and Justice in Detroit to support the organization’s grassroots efforts to improve police and community relations in the City of Detroit.  The students reviewed the Detroit Police Department’s policies and provided recommendations that included  the use of more intensive de-escalation and trauma training for both police officers and...

Oakland County Schools DEI Research Project

July 2020 - August 2020
Summer fellows evaluated and challenged the barriers to equity faced by students in the Oakland County School District. Using data primarily from government and research institutions, the fellows analyzed discrepancies in schools based on factors such as race, income, and school budget, and made policy recommendations to the...

Agrihood in Detroit with MUFI

June 2020 - July 2020
Students partnered with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to create a toolkit to assist with grant applications, brought together knowledge on “agrihoods,” and collected information to improve property maintenance code...

COVID-19 and Nursing Home Policies

June 2020 - December 2020
The research fellow worked with the office of State Representative Kevin Coleman and conducted a 50 state feasibility study of nursing home responses to the COVID-19...

Detroit Renovation Workforce Ecosystem

January 2020 - April 2020
The student documented the existing pathways for locally-based renovation contractors to take advantage of economic opportunity in...

Environment and Climate Policy Mapping

January 2020 - April 2020
Students supported the development of a Climate Health Agenda for the eastside of Detroit through policy research, working with government departments at various levels, and utilization of project management...

Strategic Planning Consultancy with ACCESS

January 2020 - April 2020
The student provided ACCESS with strategic planning support, including qualitative program evaluation (survey design and implementation, focus groups), agency-wide theory of change model, etc., to help streamline internal...

Detroit: Bee City USA

September 2019 - December 2019
The students worked with Detroit Hives to establish Detroit as an office Bee City.  They prepared the official application to Bee City USA and laid the groundwork for the passage of a Detroit City Council...

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...

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...

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

May 2021 - May 2021
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...

Michigan Parenting Time Guideline – Accessibility and Usability Evaluation

May 2021 - June 2021
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...

AHA Tobacco in School Elimination

May 2021 - June 2021
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...

Scan of Cybersecurity Training Programs

September 2021 - December 2021
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...

Landlord Engagement and Best Practices

September 2021 - December 2021
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...

Flint Businesses Resource Toolkit

September 2022 - December 2022
Kaei Li (MPP '24), Ellie Bai (MPP '24)
Students collaborated with the City of Flint’s Economic Development Department and UM-Flint Office of Economic Development staff to develop a guide for new and existing businesses to understand, act on, and sustainably operate in Flint. Students engaged with key city of Flint and UM-Flint Office of Economic Development staff to understand existing resources and resource gaps for businesses and commercial property owners. A list of resources and appropriate steps were assembled to guide entrepreneurs when locating a business in an existing neighborhood context, along with business-related...

Detroit Demolitions Policies and Procedures

September 2022 - December 2022
Krysta December (MPP/SEAS '23), Yu-Yu Lin (MPP '24)
Two students partnered with District 6 City Council Member Gabriela Santiago-Romero to provide policy recommendations regarding the processes for dealing with dangerous buildings within Detroit. The students gathered and synthesized information about local demolition practices in Detroit. Through research and engagement meetings, they collected information about the dangerous building notification processes, resident rights throughout the process, city processes from determination to completion, and data regarding demolition processes in similarly-sized midwestern cities. Given the lack of...