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Measuring a Theater Organization’s Impact in Alternative High Schools

Client
Opening Act
Faculty
Erica Hamilton
Team
Joanna Bould, Arielle Conti, Karla Floris, Meirah Shedlo, Tracy Similien
Opening Act is a nonprofit organization that provides theater programs for students in New York City’s most underserved public schools with the goal of providing students with the confidence and skills to succeed in life and become leaders in their communities. Opening Act partnered with District 79 Alternative Schools and Programs to assist in achieving the district’s mission of ensuring that students whose studies were interrupted stay on track for high school graduation. Opening Act enlisted a Capstone team to provide recommendations on measuring, evaluating, and demonstrating the client organization’s impact working with District 79 students and meeting their unique needs. The team conducted stakeholder and peer organization interviews, a literature review, and site visits to decipher relevant means of measuring Opening Act’s impact. Utilizing the data, the team proposed a comprehensive evaluation process and set of tools to identify key metrics and measure impact.
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Design of a Sustainable Project Management Process and Tracking System

Client
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Faculty
John Donnellan
Team
Charmaine Barreto, Elizabeth Gianella, Barbara Janiszewska, Shawna Robilio, Mark Tagwalan
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and integrated academic healthcare delivery systems. The Division of Nursing Education and Continuing Education is involved in multiple campus-specific and ero ss-campus projects. Nursing education leadership at NYP seeks to develop a sustainable project management process and tracking system for the division that will enhance productivity by facilitating more efficient planning and execution of initiatives. NYP enlisted a Capstone team to work closely with the NYP Director of Nursing Education and Continuing Education to redesign their project management process. The team conducted comparative analyses, interviews with key stakeholders, surveys at similar hospitals and organizations that manage multiple projects, and a literature review. Using their findings, the team crafted a sustainable project management process. The team also delivered a report that yielded recommendations on managing e-learning modules, an education tracker, curriculum alignments, orientation e-learning, and equipment training requests.
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Evaluating and Expanding Primary Education Opportunities in Nicaragua

Client
Project Alianza
Faculty
Kathleen Apltauer
Team
Mery Arcila, Julia Einhorn, Carlos Sosa Lombardo
Project Alianza (Alianza) is a development project that forms community alliances to build schools and provide educational opportunities for children on private coffee plantations. In Nicaragua, almost a half million school-aged children are not enrolled in school due to poverty and lack of access to schools in the remote, rural areas where they live. An estimated 320,000 children are illegally involved in child labor. Alianza gathers crucial resources to create safe, quality primary schools and to encourage students to stay in school rather than work in the coffee fields with their families. Alianza enlisted a Capstone team to develop strategic recommendations for program evaluation and expansion. The team visited Nicaragua and conducted on-site interviews and observations to understand the organization and its needs better. Through the analysis of their fieldwork, the team crafted an organizational logic model, evaluation toolkit, and long-term strategic recommendations for Alianza to evaluate and expand their operations.
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Evaluating Member Engagement of a Nursing Education Program

Client
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Faculty
Susan Abramowitz
Team
Chhavi Arora, Adair Littell, Miriam Merkin, Christine Zhang
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing houses the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program, a nursing education and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in healthcare organizations. The NICHE program provides resources for nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve organizational goals for the care of patients. These resources include critical leadership training alongside core nursing and gerontology curricula. Its growth in recent years has been coupled with an increasing need to evaluate its client engagement strategies to maintain its competitive positioning. NICHE enlisted a Capstone team to assess its ability to provide current and prospective clients with products and services that reflect the modern landscape. The team conducted a domain-specific literature review, qualitative research with staff and clients, and stratified analyses of the membership base. Their research and analysis results informed a set of recommendations for NICHE to consider a refreshed and evidence-based member engagement and marketing strategy.
Areas Of Impact
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Developing a Wage Negotiation Platform to Narrow the Gender and Race Wage Gap

Client
Tactical Mentor
Faculty
Scott Taitel
Team
Michael Вrocker, Harriet Flavel, Jeffrey Jiménez, Jasiel Martin-Odoom, Jasmin Matos
Women earn 54 to 87 cents for every dollar earned by their Caucasian male counterparts. Most of this wage gap is "explained" by characteristics such as experience, education, and occupation. However, over 20 percent of the wage gap is "unexplained" and represents the wage penalty. A significant contributing factor to this penalty is the tendency for women and people of color to refrain from salary negotiation, and a higher likelihood of penalization when they do negotiate. A Capstone team developed the hypothesis that if these populations negotiate more and better, the wage gap will narrow. The team completed a literature review, interviews, a design sprint, and a component design, followed by user testing and product design. They developed a product called Tactical Mentor, which offers finance professionals tools to evaluate their job offers, improve their negotiation skills, and receive better compensation packages. The team developed a business case that presents Tactical Mentor’s value proposition, competitive landscape, and business model.
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