Evaluating the Poverty Stoplight Program

Worksite Location
CCE-Chemung County
Project Dates
Summer, May 1 to August 31, 2020
Faculty Sponsor
Thomas A Hirschl, Development Sociology
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Andrew Fagan, CCE-Chemung
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The intern will gather interview data from Poverty Stoplight program participants and case control subjects, and analyze the data to determine if there are program effects. The experimental design is case control where each participant is matched by a demographically (age, race, gender) comparable subject from a nonparticipating census tract, all within the city of Elmira. The outcomes will be comparisons on "poverty-free readiness" across the control and treatment groups, and analysis for a peer reviewed research journal. Second, the analysis will be used to produce an extension bulletin on "new methods for fighting poverty in your local community."

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will be help to script the interview schedule by gathering similar studies from the Cornell Library. The interviews are individual interviews and focus group interviews. The student will arrange interview times and places, and assist the principal investigator in running the interviews and will also assist in the data analysis. Finally, the student will be made aware of the human subjects protocols, and hep to insure that the study does not violate these.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

have taken the following courses: DSoc 3130, Introduction to social science research One (or more) courses in statistics

Benefits and Skills

1. Design focus group and individual interview questions, and understand how these two are different. 2. Design and conduct a case-control study. 3. Understand one method for fighting poverty at the community level, the "poverty stoplight method" developed by Dr. Martin Burt. 4. Learn how to collaborate in writing a refereed journal article and extension bulletin