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A University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student partnered with the ONE Campaign to formulate a strategic plan for increasing organizational membership and enhancing the impact of the organization’s advocacy campaigns in the United Kingdom.
Roger Norman (’14) of Benton, Ark., conducted and analyzed data from focus groups, interviews, and surveys collected from over 230 individuals across the United Kingdom involved with the ONE Campaign.
The ONE Campaign advocates the importance and successes of international development budgets and urges political leaders to sustain such funds. The organization accomplishes this through grassroots campaigning from ONE members across the world.
Norman’s study collected information on effective campaigning strategies, barriers that inhibited member’s campaigning, ways ONE could better support an individual’s advocacy efforts, and techniques other organizations use for campaigning and volunteering management in the United Kingdom.
“As an organization with limited resources but unlimited ambition we must constantly challenge ourselves to firstly, provide the most compelling reason for members of the public to join our fight against extreme poverty and secondly, ensure that we maintain a fulfilling and fruitful relationship with those individuals,” said ONE project supervisor Saira O’Mallie. “It’s as challenging as it sounds. Roger’s research has given us clarity of focus, justification for some of our existing practices but, most importantly, clear and strategic steps that we can realistically take in the next few months and years to secure meaningful partnerships with the people on the ground who will help us to end extreme poverty by 2030.”
Based on the research findings, a set of recommendations was formulated, highlighting strategies the ONE Campaign should adopt for increasing the impact of the organization’s campaigning in United Kingdom.
“Partnering with the ONE Campaign has been an invaluable experience,” Norman said. “Working to increase the number of individuals in the United Kingdom urging political leaders to defend international development funds is something that will save lives and help end the cycle of poverty for many across the world.”
Norman completed the project as part of his Capstone project, one of the three field service projects completed during the Clinton School Master of Public Service degree program. His other field service works includes a project with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and other projects with the ONE Campaign.
About the ONE Campaign:
The ONE Campaign is a non-partisan, non-profit, advocacy organization with over 3 Million members that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support effective policies and programs that are saving lives and improving futures.
More information about the ONE Campaign is available at http://www.one.org/us/
In partnership with the City of Little Rock, graduate students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will present recommendations for the future of active transportation in central Arkansas.
The presentation will offer ideas for future bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the city. The recommendations were obtained through interviews with public officials in Austin, Texas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Memphis, Tenn. regarding their cities’ active transportation networks.
The presentation will take place on April 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service (1200 President Clinton Aveune, Little Rock, AR 72120).
Clinton School students Rebecca Zimmermann of Little Rock, Ark., Brandon Mathews of Fort Smith, Ark., and Tatiana Riddle of Guy, Ark. worked with Jeremy Lewno, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Little Rock to develop the recommendations.
Little Rock is experiencing a renewed interest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. With projects such as the addition of bicycle lanes on a section of Main Street in downtown Little Rock, and the completion of the Two Rivers Bridge and the Big Dam Bridge, walking and bicycling is on the rise.
The City of Little Rock continues to strive toward developing a larger bicycle and pedestrian presence by recently hiring a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator in March 2013. The City is also currently developing a Complete Streets ordinance, which would require streets to include facilities for all modes of transportation, including people on bikes and walkers.
“This project is important for so many reasons. Having active transportation options such as bicycling and walking will improve the overall health and quality of life for everyone,” said Jeremy Lewno. “Connected biking and walking networks also make Little Rock a more desirable location for companies to invest in, creating more jobs and economic prosperity for our city.”
As native Arkansans, Zimmermann, Mathews, and Riddle are honored to have an opportunity to enhance Little Rock’s livability.
“As I begin to plan my life with my fiancé, Elisabeth, we are looking at cities that provide us not just great career opportunities, but for cities that have an active and healthy community,” said Mathews. “I am excited to be working on a project that will help Little Rock be that community.”
This project is one of 11 to be completed by 41 Clinton School students across the state of Arkansas. These students are in their second semester of classes in the school’s Master of Public Service degree program.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student, Krystle Chipman, conducted research for So All May Eat (SAME) Café, on the impact its services have on patrons, in order to sustain and expand their mission in the community.
Krystle Chipman of San Jose, CA spent the fall of 2013 surveying a total of 330 SAME Café customers and volunteers, collecting information about their demographics and the extent to which SAME Café was meeting its goals. The non-profit café strives to increase accessibility and affordability to healthy and local food choices in the community to all, regardless of socio-economic status.
“SAME Cafe has been trying to collect data on our customers and volunteers for years now. We have never had the time or available resources to dedicate to the project,” said Libby Birky, a co-founder of SAME Café. “The information collected is invaluable to our internal use but it is also very informative for funding organizations and has informed many critical decisions for SAME Café.”
In addition to synthesizing collected data into an evaluation report, Chipman developed a study on the feasibility of SAME Café procuring a food truck to serve local food deserts. A food desert is typically defined as a low-income neighborhood, in which the majority of residents don’t have easy and affordable access to nutritious food. Food deserts in Denver and across the country are gaining attention as the correlation between food deserts in low-income neighborhoods and high rates of chronic diseases have sharply increased.
Chipman presented the evaluation report and the feasibility study to SAME Café in early January 2014. The feasibility study showed that procurement of a food truck would be a viable venture, based on results from the evaluation report, the multitude of partnerships the non-profit already has with local farmers and organizations in the community, a strong and faithful volunteer base, and extensive research regarding the procurement and operation of a food truck business.
This project was completed as part of Chipman’s Capstone project, the third and final field project in the Master of Public Service degree program.
About SAME Café:
SAME Café is the first non-profit restaurant in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to “serving good food for the greater good” since 2006. Running on a “pay what you want” system, there is no set or suggested prices and diners are encouraged to pay what they feel their meal is worth by putting their contribution in a donation box. If a diner does not have sufficient money to pay, they are encouraged to volunteer at SAME Café in exchange for their meal.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (Earth Day)
The front porch of the Choctaw Building (Sturgis Hall) at the Clinton Center (1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201)
Jason Hartke, United States Green Building Council
Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service
Debbie Shock, director of operations and facilities, Clinton Center
Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation
About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures throughout the year. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Center has welcomed more than three million visitors from around the world since opening in 2004. Most importantly, the Clinton Center is a reflection of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd President of the United States. The Center is home to the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Learn more at www.clintonpresidentialcenter.
About the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 farmers in Malawi have improved their incomes by more than 500 percent; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; more than 6.8 million people have benefited from lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $100 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 50 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world.Learn more at www.clintonfoundation.org and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.
About the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
The nation’s seventh presidential school, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, giving students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service. The Clinton School, located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, differs from more traditional graduate programs in public administration, public affairs and public policy because a significant portion of the academic curriculum is direct field service work. Clinton School students perform team-based, international and individual public service projects during the two-year program and as a result of over 500 projects, they have completed over 170,000 hours in direct field work, not including classroom activity, translating into over $3.4 million in economic/community benefits.Learn more at www.clintonschool.uasys.edu and on Twitter @ClintonSchool.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Matt Orr (’14) partnered with Sarus, a non-profit organization based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that fosters peace and understanding between its participants, to create a feasibility study for an exchange program between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Since 2010, Sarus has been operating in Cambodia, Japan, and Vietnam.
The exchange program would take young women leaders from each country and bring them together for a collaborative service learning experience, while also creating a community between the leaders that fosters cultural appreciation, leadership development, and open communication as a means of conflict transformation.
“This would be the first ever exchange program between Bangladesh and Myanmar,” said Sarus founder and director Wesley Hedden. “Matt’s project has allowed us to more clearly and systematically understand our current and potential impact on participants, partners, and communities.”
Orr began his project in August 2013 with the intention of providing Sarus a comprehensive study of the potential exchange program between Bangladesh and Myanmar from five angles: context, financial, operational, partners, and security.
Through the course of Orr’s study he contacted 166 potential stakeholders from five stakeholder categories: educational institutions, funding partners, government institutions, knowledge partners, and service project partners. These stakeholders will continue to provide a framework of knowledge and resources for Sarus to utilize in constructing and implementing the exchange program.
Last October, Orr and Sarus staff embarked on a three-week trip to Bangladesh and Myanmar in order to meet with potential partners for the exchange. While on their trip, they met with 38 organizations, of which 16 have since become committed stakeholders due to Orr’s outreach and subsequent stakeholder development activities.
“Sarus now has a chance to move to the next level by implementing a new exchange program in two countries where it can have a huge impact,” said Sokchannaroath Heng, Sarus Cambodia program coordinator. “We are now known by many stakeholders in Bangladesh and Myanmar, before this project Sarus had only one partner in each country.”
As a returned Peace Corps (Ukraine ‘09-’11) volunteer, Orr has several years of experience working in the field of international development. Before beginning his capstone project with Sarus, Orr spent the past summer in Thailand developing a project-based learning curriculum for a democratic school. He has a proven commitment to initiatives that involve creating better opportunities for youth in both domestic and international contexts.
“Through my project with Sarus I was able to gain insight into international peace-building efforts and the complexities of conflict,” Orr said. “This experience also gave me an opportunity to help Sarus build organizational capacity so that they can continue to address the urgent need for peace in the places where they work.”
Orr’s project with Sarus is the final of three required field service projects he has completed in the Clinton School’s Master of Public Service program. The program is designed to create leaders with expertise in the non-profit, government, and private sectors.
More information about Sarus is available at http://sarusprogram.org
Clinton School student André Breaux (’14) has spent the academic year working full-time as a graduate fellow for the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson in Sacramento, Calif. Breaux has been working with the Mayor’s education nonprofit Stand Up to support the organization’s national mobilization and government affairs initiatives.
As his Capstone project, the last of three field service requirements in the Master of Public Service degree program, Breaux supported ongoing coalition building among some of Sacramento’s most prominent education reform organizations, including Stand Up, StudentsFirst, Teach For America, and Parent Revolution.
Through his project work, Breaux facilitated meetings, planned events, and conducted research on education reform advocacy. His final report documents the coalition’s development and provides recommendations for building greater collective impact.
Breaux is the first Clinton School student to receive a fellowship with Mayor Johnson’s Office. Other schools that have participated in the fellowship program include the Harvard School of Business, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UCLA, and UC Davis.
“André provided the high level capacity we expect of our fellows,” said Mariah Sheriff, the Mayor’s Deputy Director of Education. “We hope that other Clinton School students will apply for this fellowship in future years.”
Breaux completed all requirements of his second year in the Master of Public Service program while in Sacramento. He will graduate in May.
About the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson:
Mayor Kevin Johnson is the 55th mayor of the City of Sacramento and the first native Sacramentan to hold this office. He was elected to a second term in June 2012. As First Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Johnson is a national advocate for mayoral involvement in public education.
A team of graduate students conducted best practice research on collaboration tools and practices to help strengthen the collective efforts of state, faith-based, and nonprofit health-serving organizations across the state of Arkansas.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service students Romerse Biddle of Magnolia, Ark., Quiana Brown of New Orleans, La., Ben Croner of Potomac, Md., and Antoinette Schicchi of Dania Beach, Fla. spent the past year collecting data on best practice techniques among southern consortiums and interviewing health leaders in the state to learn more about collaborative techniques and how best to implement those tools.
The information that was collected produced several themes, including governance, communication, and strategic planning from which the consortium can continue to build upon its structure.
“The outcome of this work will help us in strengthening the existing relationships of the organizations that are members of the consortium,” said Idonia L. Trotter, Executive Director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and facilitator of the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium. “This will go a long way to make sure that the consortiums’ health policy advocacy efforts, educational seminars, and community outreach continue to make a significant impact in health awareness of Arkansans.”
The Clinton School team will present the results of their efforts at the 3rd Biennial Arkansas Minority Health Summit on April 18, 2014 at Philander Smith College.
About the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC)
AMHC was formed in 1991 by the Arkansas General Assembly as a comprehensive state health agency whose goal is to be a catalyst in bridging the gap in the health status of the minority population in Arkansas. To achieve this goal AMHC focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating these communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within the current healthcare system.
About the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium
In 2001, the Consortium was formed as a result of the state government’s desire to improve the legislative collaborative process among public policy partners, especially in advocating for change among minority populations. It is comprised of over fifty faith based, government, religious, and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Arvind Singhal is the recipient of the 2014 Elizabeth G. Andersch award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, & mentorship in the communication discipline. Formerly an Ohio University Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Singhal is now a William J. Clinton fellow of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, as well as professor and director of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas.
Dr. Singhal recently sat down with host Prosper Tsikata to discuss his research in entertainment-education strategy, social change, and the untypical journey into his professional life, starting with saying “no” to Stanford.
Listen to the entire interview here.