MORE TO EXPLORE: Data Science and Data Management

Anne Montesano

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy
2009

EFFECTIVE AND EQUITABLE MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Client
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Faculty
Karin Sommer
Team
Tess Edwards, Hannah Gorman, Emma Saltzberg, Yuhan Zhang

Children’s Rights is a national advocacy organization that champions the legal rights of children impacted by government systems. In light of the implementation of the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, 988, the organization enlisted a Capstone team to understand the national landscape of existing mobile crisis response for children and youth. The team conducted a literature review on child and youth crisis care, completed an environmental scan of youth-targeted programs, and assembled a series of program case studies. Based on its analysis, the team produced a final report that includes data on the programs that were evaluated and identifies promising harm-reduction practices to provide police-free crisis care to children in the least restrictive environments possible. The report supports Children’s Rights’ provision of guidance to lawmakers who are working to effectively and equitably implement 988 legislation within their state.

Capstone Year

UNDERSTANDING RACIAL EQUITY WITHIN SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTING

Client
RACIAL EQUITY INVESTING COLLABORATIVE
Faculty
Mo Coffey
Team
Madison Friedman, Eva Kim, Michael Low, Carol Ourivio

The Racial Equity Investing Collaborative (Collaborative) is a group of six organizations—Toniic, Confluence Philanthropy, The ImPact, Intentional Endowments Network, Impact Capital Managers, and American Sustainable Business Network—that aim to understand and support clients seeking to increase the positive racial equity impact of their social impact investments. The Collaborative enlisted a Capstone team to help them understand the field of impact investment using a racial equity lens. The team interviewed representatives from eight of the Collaborative’s clients to better understand their journeys, challenges, and general investment practices. The team aggregated and analyzed the data in order to highlight trends, insights, and recommendations for the Collaborative. The team also conducted a review of available literature on racial equity within impact investment. The team’s final report synthesizes data from its interviews and literature review to identify key findings, and recommends metrics for the Collaborative to measure its growth.

Capstone Year

AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF A PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM ON SCHOOL CLIMATE

Client
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Faculty
Erilia Wu and Eric Zhou
Team
Emily Finkelstein, Ziyi Gu, Michelle Henderson, Tara Merigan

Physical Education (PE) Works was a New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) initiative active from 2015 to 2019. The program sought to help all K-12 schools in Districts 1-32 meet NYS Physical Education requirements. This included operational and instructional support, as well as updated guidelines for PE best practices and benchmarks. The Capstone Team hypothesized that increasing the quality and quantity of PE instruction in schools has a positive impact on student achievement and school climate. The Team analyzed the impacts of the PE Works Initiative, filling a gap in the research literature by drawing a connection between PE, student behavior, and overall school climate. Due to the staggered, randomized rollout of the initiative, the team first utilized data from NYC Open Data and NYC DOE’s archives to estimate causal impacts, and then analyzed data in a two-way fixed effects regression model to identify the overall treatment effect of the PE Works Initiative. The final report presents findings and conclusions, describing an initial examination of the causal impact of improved PE on student achievement and school climate, and offers suggestions for future research directions.

Capstone Year

STRATEGIES FOR ANALYZING COMPLEX SURVEY DATA AND CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE SURVEYS

Client
COMMUNITY SERVICE SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
Faculty
Alexander Shermansong
Team
Bria Donohue, Elizabeth Gellman, Elines Marizan Antonio

The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1843 to promote economic opportunity and equity through data-driven research, direct services, and people-driven advocacy. CSS engaged a Capstone team to do a trend analysis of its long-running survey called the Unheard Third, which for twenty years has been capturing the experiences and hardships of low-income New Yorkers. The team conducted statistical analyses using STATA and Excel, reviewed academic literature on similar surveys to identify best practices, interviewed stakeholders and partner organizations, and created a data dashboard for internal and external visualization purposes. The team’s final report includes a review of relevant policy and historical events affecting low-income New Yorkers and provides recommendations on survey methodology, expansion opportunities, and ways to reduce bias to improve the survey tool. The team’s input will improve CSS’s ability to use survey data trends to better understand and advocate on behalf of its target population, and create sustainable systems for future analysis.

Capstone Year

PRIMARY CARE AND ITS IMPACT ON POPULATION HEALTH

Client
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE
Faculty
Brian David
Team
Kirsten Schardt, Theresa Sheen, Kalliope Vourakis

There has been a consistent decline in the number of physicians pursuing the field of primary care. Because a wide variety of research highlights the importance of early intervention for health outcomes, a Capstone team investigated the relationship between primary care physicians (PCPs) and their effect on population health. The team conducted a comprehensive literature review analyzing the root causes of the declining number of PCPs, considering the involvement of social determinants of health, and examining anecdotal case studies. Based on its findings, the team assessed the degree to which over-utilization of specialists and emergency rooms interrelates with poorer patient health outcomes. The team’s recommendations included expanding access to telehealth, incentivizing PCPs to form quality relationships with patients, and implementing measures that allow various health institutions to track population health outcomes.

Capstone Year

Olivia Thompson

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy
2021

Simone Shaheen

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy
2020