I-Corps™ is an internationally recognized, National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program to promote commercialization of research-based innovations in biology, engineering, and other disciplines. I-Corps™ L is a spin-off program, also supported by NSF, focused on scaling and sustaining learning innovations. QED has evaluated I-Corps™ L extensively, beginning with the first, pilot course, in Jan/Feb 2014. This is a formative report, produced during the course, based on a mid-term survey. The report provided real time feedback to the Teaching Team, who made immediate improvements.
In the early 2000’s, researchers began questioning state-reported dropout statistics. The numbers of high school students reported to be dropping out seemed very low compared to the numbers of students actually graduating. As Director of Research and Evaluation at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, I was asked to explore this issue. After a very interesting investigation, I solved the mystery. This report became the basis by which Colorado law was changed related to the reporting of high school dropout statistics.
In 2016, QED completed a five-year, mixed-methods study of refugee integration in Denver for the Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP). Having achieved a 70% retention rate over four years of data collection, we believe this might be the first longitudinal survey study of a refugee population ever successfully conducted in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world.
As a volunteer firefighter since 1998, I have a particular interest in fire-related issues and reports. This was an uncommissioned report I created that summarizes data from the National Fire Protection Association, based on National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) statistics. NIOSH investigations of firefighter deaths are the saddest reading you’ll ever do. For the most part, firefighters don’t die saving children from burning buildings. Most die in the most mundane of circumstances. A 54-year old fire chief taking the tanker for its state inspection blows a front left tire, rolls, and is ejected from the vehicle (Utah, 2005). A 55-year old fire marshal dies completing a firefighting physical fitness test (Utah, 2011). A fire chief and firefighter in Colorado die when their apparatus collapses a wooden bridge (2008). I read each story, which is meticulously described in these reports, and I always ask myself, “Could that happen to us?” And the answer is always, “Yes, it could.”
Since 911, federal agencies have pushed jurisdictions at all levels to improve interoperability—the ability to communicate across agencies within and outside primary jurisdictions. Interoperability remains a significant challenge in jurisdictions nationwide. This uncommissioned study was based on a survey I created and distributed to fire departments throughout southeast Utah—where I live. The report gives a picture of many challenges departments face in establishing effective communication, even with agencies they work with on an everyday basis. A PowerPoint version and full technical report are provided.