Spring 2020  |  PA 8081 Section 004: Capstone Workshop -- Social Policy (65484)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Tue 02:30PM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 of 18 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
Class Notes:
Concurrent enrollment in PA 5080: Capstone Preparation Workshop is required. Proficiency in quantitative and/or qualitative analytical tools. Contact instructor at hanra003@umn.edu for further information. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?hanra003+PA8081+Spring2020
Class Description:
This Capstone project will partner with Hennepin County's Office to End Homelessness to help them to develop programs and services for homeless families and children. The project will consist of two separate projects. One group will work with current staff at shelters that serve young families to develop and implement a qualitative survey of young children in homeless shelters. This survey will inform current initiatives to improve services for young families with children. Students working on this project will develop skills in program evaluation and qualitative survey methodologies. A second group will use individual level administrative data to investigate the linkages between time limits and use of services among homeless families. In particular, they will investigate whether families who have reached the 60 month time limit on MFIP are more likely to enter shelters, and whether they also receive fewer services such as child care support. Students working on this project will develop skills in program evaluation and the statistical analysis of complex administrative data sources. Both teams will work separately, but will share preliminary results with each other, and will offer feedback to each other to improve the quality of the final products.
Group Project Written and Oral Report (85% Total):
Team Member's Assessment of Individual Participation (15%):
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA8081_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/hanra003_PA8081_Spring2016.docx (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 February 2018

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2020 8000 Level Public Affairs Classes Taught by Maria Hanratty

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