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Research Clinics

Monday, December 9, 2013
Great nonprofits logo
SPARQ's third Research Clinic featured GreatNonprofits, a Redwood City-based organization that hosts a website where volunteers, donors, and clients can review charities. GreatNonprofits' CEO, Perla Ni, presented SPARQ with two intriguing questions: How can her website better amplify the voices of poor, mentally ill, or otherwise disenfranchised clients of nonprofits? and How can she measure the impact of her website on each of her stakeholder groups? The SPARQ team suggested...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Logo of the Equal Justice Society
Too many schools put children of color in the "school-to-prison pipeline," funneling them out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. Children of color are three times more likely to get sent to the principal's office, suspended, or expelled than are their White schoolmates. Students of color who suffer from learning, behavioral, or physical disabilities are even more vulnerable to unfair discipline. Why do teachers more harshly discipline their students of color, and how can the legal system help end this injustice? ...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
prison university project logo
San Quentin’s Prison University Project (PUP) is the state of California’s only on-site, degree-granting college program for prison inmates. Like many nonprofits, PUP wants to evaluate its methods and results so that it can increase its impact, attract new funding, and scale to other prisons. But also like many nonprofits, PUP lacks the expertise to undertake such an evaluation. SPARQ affiliates first helped clarify...