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Project HOPE Update!

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From Despair to Hope: How Do We Measure it?

On Monday, April 20th, our CMU student team – Camilo Cruz, Sahar Momand, and Kautilya Nalubol – delivered their spring semester final presentation on Project HOPE which included an actual demonstration of the Hope measurement tool and provided a road map for further IT implementation.

To say the very least, our student team did a phenomenal job and we are extremely excited to take Project HOPE into its next stages of development!

As a brief background, at Neighborhood Allies we believe that hope is a key driver of behavior and decisions, both financially and socially. Additionally, lack of hope is especially harmful in our most hard pressed neighborhoods and it’s important for us as an organization to possess the technical means to assess, evaluate, and raise levels of hope in our most hard hit communities.

From the great work of our student team, they have produced the following items:PH4

  • A Survey Tool to collect data and variables of hope at the individual level.
  • An Algorithm that processes variables into a mathematical equation resulting in a ‘Hope Score’.
  • A User Interface on Google Sheets and Google Charts that can produce graphics and tell us the ‘story’ of the data.

With this platform now in place, Neighborhood Allies will begin to build its internal capacity to process the surveys and to collect additional data on neighborhood demographics.

We are also looking to continue our partnership with CMU through their Master of Information Systems Management (MSIT) E-business Practicum program. Under this program, a team of 6 MSIT PH3students in the School of Computer Science, led by Michael I. (Mike) Shamos, Ph.D., J.D., a Distinguished Career Professor and Intellectual Property Attorney, could work to enhance the Project HOPE prototype. At the end of the Practicum, if selected, Neighborhood Allies would receive a Project HOPE software application and participate in a public presentation of the software. As an extra incentive for the student teams, the presentations are judged by an independent panel of outside eBusiness experts. Each team is judged on the effectiveness of their solution and the quality of their presentation. The winning team receives a cash prize of $10,000.

Please stay tuned as Project HOPE progresses!

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