Examples of recent similar projects:
- The Hartford Community Loan Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), seeks to provide and promote just and affordable financial services that benefit low-wealth residents of Hartford. Their research question asked: Do Hartford-area banks approve home mortgages at similar rates across different city neighborhoods? To answer this question, a team of students, faculty, and staff from the partner organization worked together to download publicly-accessible home mortgage disclosure data from a federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They shared their preliminary results by creating an interactive map of loans by Hartford neighborhoods, and continue to expand their analysis of the data. See spring 2017 presentation. Read more in this Community Learning blog post.
- Hartford’s Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (AHNA) serves as an umbrella organization that empowers residents and supports collaborations between stakeholders in their area. Their recent focus on assisting and engaging the neighborhood’s immigrants and refugees led them to create a multicultural resource corner. Their research question was: How can we improve on attracting immigrants to visit our resource corner? A team of students and a faculty member worked with the partner to identify scheduling challenges related to the resource corner’s hours of operations. Drawing on scholarly literature and best practices from other cities, they recommended a strategy to engage immigrants by starting with a youth advisory council. Read more in this Community Learning blog post.