Urban Update 
The monthly newsletter of the UMass Dartmouth
Urban Initiative
December 2012
As you've probably noticed from the 'Projects' section of this newsletter, the Urban Initiative does a lot of work around evaluation. And because we field countless requests for help in this area--not all of which we can fulfill--we've partnered with our university's Department of Public Policy to offer a graduate-level course in program evaluation to the local nonprofit and public sector community. The course will be project-based, so students will emerge with logic models, evaluation designs, and maybe even data for their own projects and/or organizations. Plus, you'll earn 3 graduate credits! Learn more about the course and how to enroll at this link, and please share this opportunity widely.

Meanwhile, we'd like to use this space to thank Urban Policy Intern-turned research assistant Evan Desrochers, who graduates with a degree in Economics at the end of this semester. Evan has been a spectacular addition to our team, we would be remiss if we didn't use this opportunity to let you know that this stellar student and employee is job hunting. Please let us know if you have or know of an opening that can keep Evan's talent in the region.

  • The Herald News recently ran a story about our new indicators project. Have you visited the site (http://southcoastindicators.org/)? If so, have you shared it with someone who might be interested? If not, please spread the word!
  • The Urban Initiative/Center for Policy Analysis has been engaged to conduct the evaluation of the SouthCoast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative, a CDC-funded project being undertaken by Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast. We look forward to helping this great team of partners measure their progress and impact on reducing smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke in Fall River, New Bedford, and Wareham.  
  • As we noted last month, we're in the process of putting together proposals to conduct action-oriented research on the issues of college access and urban land use. If you're interested in learning more or know someone we should connect with, please email Colleen.  
From the blog:
  • Fall River voters recently voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act, which will give the city new revenue for quality of life improvements. Read about what this means and why it's such a big deal.  
 Upcoming Events

What: The UMass Dartmouth Center for Visual and Performing Arts presents the second lecture in its 'Creative Economy in MA Gateway Cities' series. This month's topic is on the impact of cold storage on food supply. 

When: Tuesday, December 18, 5-7p      

Where:  UMass Dartmouth Star Store, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford 
Cost: Free

Want your upcoming event listed? Email us!

In this issue:
From the blog
Grant opportunities
Job opportunities

 About the Urban Initiative:


The Urban Initiative at UMass Dartmouth is a division of the Center for Policy Analysis that was established in 2007 to address challenges and opportunities in the region's smaller industrial cities, with a particular emphasis on nearby communities like Fall River and New Bedford.  


In addition to conducting applied research, evaluating programs and policies, facilitating collaborations, and providing technical assistance to cities and organizations therein, the Urban Initiative serves as a knowledge base for urban policy issues and their applications in the region. 

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Grant & technical assistance opportunities

Amelia Peabody Foundation

Deadline: 1/22/12


A longtime funder of organizations in the region, the Amelia Peabody Foundation supports the needs of urban youth with grant amounts that typically range from $10-50,000. Get the details at their website   


Know of any other upcoming opportunities we should share? Email us!
Job opportunities

Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator  
SEEAL / The SouthCoast Energy Challenge  

New Bedford, MA

The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a project of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL).  The primary focus of the Lead Community Organizer will be the face of Energy Challenge organizing, to plan and oversee Energy Challenge direct and indirect community outreach, develop and coordinate a volunteer base, and manage the organizing interns.  For the full job description, click here.


Let us know if you have an opportunity to share!