The Boston Area Research Initiative and the Boston Indicators are proud to announce the recipients of research seed grants for the Spring 2018 semester. We are pleased to note that the recipients hail from two different disciplines and whose work features distinct methodologies.
The Critical Role of Public Library Branches in Boston
Laura Delgado, a PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, is examining how library branches target services to diverse neighborhoods and adapt those services as local populations change. Delgado will use branch-level data obtained from the Boston Public Library as well as the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for her project, seeking to understand how community-based organizations, specifically the public library, shape community and access to opportunity.
Community contexts and school outcomes for historically underserved students: Developing a geospatial data set to explore neighborhood effects
Robbie Dembo and Jenny Lafleur, PhD students in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, will be exploring the role of geographic inequality and neighborhood effects in the educational outcomes of marginalized students – particularly those with special needs. They will develop a geospatial data set for the Boston metropolitan area that allows for the linkage of school-level outcomes with neighborhood-level data, documenting socioeconomic contexts as well as the locations of health-related resources that support children’s well-being.
For more information about our research seed grant program, click here.