BARI is happy to announce that it has awarded three research seed grants for the Spring 2016 semester. The grants were given to projects on:
Late Registration in School Choice Inequality
Kelley Fong, a PhD student in Harvard’s Sociology and Social Policy program, and Sarah Faude, PhD candidate in Northeastern University’s Department of Sociology, are working with the Boston Public Schools to analyze survey and interview data on late registrants in the school choice and assignment lottery. Families who register later are, by design, less able to secure seats in desirable schools. Utilizing existing data and surveys gathered from the summers of 2014 and 2015 in collaboration with BPS Welcome Centers, they plan to investigate the role of timing in school choice and registration, culminating in a policy brief and academic paper(s).
Evaluating Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Programs
Sandeep Jani, a PhD student in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, is working with Main Streets Boston to determine the kinds of indicators that would they would find most valuable in evaluating the status of neighborhoods and the effectiveness of their programs. These conversations are anticipated to lead to the identification of data sources that might provide indicators that fit these areas of interest.
Boston’s Urban Land Cover and the Urban Heat Island
Andrew Trlica, a PhD student in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment, is examining the relationship between increasing temperatures and the urban landscape in the Boston metropolitan area with unprecedented spatial precision. Trlica will use both novel and publically available geospatial data on Boston’s land cover, albedo (i.e., reflected sunlight), population distribution, and summer daytime surface temperature to understand the land cover characteristics that determine albedo and its contribution to the Urban Heat Island effect. The project will produce a set of interactive public maps that will communicate the different components of the urban surface environment, and will hopefully initiate a data-driven discussion on local land-use and construction policies in relation to the consequences of climate change for Boston.
About Research Seed Grants
Research seed grants provide funding for graduate students for projects at the intersection of research and policy that either conduct pioneering work on a novel digital data set; or develop, implement, or evaluate new programs that incorporate research insights into policy or practice.
Click here for more information about the research seed grant program.