PROJECTS & REPORTS
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Managed a large scale grantmaking and capacity initiative from launch to conclusion for a cohort of grantee partners. Work included developing tools to spur partners’ self-reflection, hosting cohort convenings and regional workshops to build capacity and promote a culture of networking, sharing and learning, and providing one-on-one technical assistance to a cohort subgroup. RDP coordinated and supported activities of other BSAV-funded consultants (e.g., the external evaluation team, SPRA, also working on the initiative).
See report for findings.
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
As a consultant to the RP Group and in partnership with the Chancellor’s Office, I coauthored Ensuring Equitable Access and Success, a guide highlighting why and how administrators, faculty and staff should and can examine disproportionate impact in the context of matriculation services. Disproportionate impact is a condition where some students’ access to key resources and supports and ultimately their academic success may be hampered by inequitable practices, policies and approaches to student support. Using the guide as an outline, participants will learn about (1) strategies that colleges have implemented in an effort to mitigate disproportionate impact, and (2) how to access and analyze data based on specific disproportionate impact criteria to facilitate action-focused discussions of research results. The guide is in line with the Student Success Act (SB 1456), which is designed to refocus on effective practices and ensure that more students have access to matriculation services.
The California Endowment
Facilitated and convened a group of engaged Healthy Richmond community partners using a collective impact approach to outline a roadmap to leverage the partners’ collective resources to support the design, development, and implementation a college and career health pathway for West Contra Costa youth.
Equal Justice Society
Evaluated EJS’ strategies to employ social science insights in transforming school discipline policies and to identify the contexts and relationships that help create an environment of receptivity and partnership that results in the reduction of the unfair discipline of African American, Latino, and students with disabilities.
Partnered to investigate California community college (CCC) and state university (CSU) students equitable access to and information about available math pathways; conducted and summarized focus groups and interviews with administrators and students at colleges to gather their perspectives and experiences with early math reform; facilitated conversations with other researchers and key stakeholders to discuss, design, and conduct future research studies.
Go Figure: Exploring Equity in Students' Postsecondary Math Pathway Choices explores the impact of new math reforms on students—particularly students of color—attending California community colleges and state universities.
Kapor Center for Social Impact
Evaluated College Bound Brotherhood, a regional initiative funded by the Kapor Center and managed by the Marcus Foster Education Institute, which provides academic and personal guidance and support, college and career planning and preparation, and scholarships to improve post-secondary achievement and life outcomes for African American males in the Bay Area. The initiative was developed to increase Black male students college- going rates, and the evaluation provided an opportunity to speak to young Black men about their experiences as part of the College Bound Brotherhood. Additional interviews with staff, philanthropic and community partners provided insight about the initiative's development, design, and progress. An examination of students' academic and behavioral indicators highlighted key successes.
Neighborhood Funders Group
The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group)
Supported and led research and evaluation projects, prepared reports on findings and results, and provided professional development and technical assistance supporting community college administrators to use what is learned to ensure equitable and positive academic and career outcomes for students.
The Ethic of Love: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of How Umoja Supports Its Students’ Academic and Life Success: Report highlighting key themes and findings from quantitative and qualitative research designed to explore the impact of Umoja programs on students.
Grounding Onboarding in the Student Experience: Guide for examining and redesigning how students experience onboarding based on the Support (Re)defined six success factor framework.
Dual Enrollment Toolkit: Guide developed in partnership with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the San Joaquin Delta
Community College District to assist and inform secondary and postsecondary partners who are considering launching or expanding dual enrollment programs for students who are historically underrepresented on college campuses.