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Decision Science For Community Development And Social Change, Michael P. Johnson Jr. Feb 2019

Decision Science For Community Development And Social Change, Michael P. Johnson Jr.

Michael P. Johnson

Operations research, also known as management science or decision science, is a mathematics-based discipline that draws from engineering, information systems, management, public policy and planning. OR enables individuals and organizations to make better decisions regarding manufacturing and logistics, service provision and strategy design. My particular interest in OR focuses on the needs of mission-driven and resource-constrained organizations that serve urban communities. In my talk I will describe how OR can use qualitative and quantitative analysis through meaningful engagement of communities to enable creative identification, formulation and solution of complex problems for local impact and social justice. Specific applications I'm ...


Community Operational Research: A Survey Of The Discipline, Michael P. Johnson Jr., Gerald Midgley, Jason D. Wright, George Chichirau Sep 2018

Community Operational Research: A Survey Of The Discipline, Michael P. Johnson Jr., Gerald Midgley, Jason D. Wright, George Chichirau

Michael P. Johnson

Community operational research (COR) is an extension of multiple OR/MS traditions to support participatory research, localized impact and social change. It applies critical thinking, evidence-based policy analysis, community participation and decision modeling to local interventions. It emphasizes the needs, voices and values of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. It rests on a foundation of meaningful engagement with communities. This presentation summarizes a multi-year effort to assemble cutting-edge research in COR in a special issue of European Journal of Operational Research available August 2018. We review principles for community OR, describe the breadth and diversity of the field through the experience ...


How Can School Districts In Shrinking Regions Remake Themselves To Support Their Communities? Policy And Operations Analysis For A Massachusetts School District, Michael P. Johnson Jr. Feb 2017

How Can School Districts In Shrinking Regions Remake Themselves To Support Their Communities? Policy And Operations Analysis For A Massachusetts School District, Michael P. Johnson Jr.

Michael P. Johnson

School districts in towns and regions facing long-term demographic and financial challenges are under intense
pressure to make difficult decisions so that they may continue to provide a quality education and enhance the vitality of the communities they serve. Such decisions may address: funding sources, education and non-education expenditures, facility utilization and community engagement. A recent engagement with Massachusetts towns by the Collins Center for Public Management has generated a case study in small-town school district revitalization. In this talk I will present results of community conversations that have enabled analysts, working with school district stakeholders, to propose a range ...


Community Data Analytics: Localized Data Analysis And Decision Modeling In The Era Of ‘Big Data’ And ‘Smart Cities’, Michael P. Johnson Jr. Jan 2017

Community Data Analytics: Localized Data Analysis And Decision Modeling In The Era Of ‘Big Data’ And ‘Smart Cities’, Michael P. Johnson Jr.

Michael P. Johnson

Community-based organizations use data for program design, services provision and strategic planning. However, CBOs often have limited ability to identify, access and apply these data. Thus, CBOs may make decisions on the basis of inadequate data, or limited understanding of the local environment, or limited ability to generate mission-aligned solutions.Community data analytics (CDA) uses local know-how and clearly-articulated values in order to transform data into action. CDA is rooted in principles of operations research and management science for public benefi#12;t. These principles include: active participation by local stakeholders to identify problems of interest; a critical perspective on ...


Success Measures For Local Economic Development: Project Final Report, Michael P. Johnson Jr., Sandeep Jani Nov 2016

Success Measures For Local Economic Development: Project Final Report, Michael P. Johnson Jr., Sandeep Jani

Michael P. Johnson

No abstract provided.


Decision Modeling For Housing And Community Development: #11;A Methodology For Evidence-Based Urban And Regional Planning, Michael P. Johnson Jr. Nov 2016

Decision Modeling For Housing And Community Development: #11;A Methodology For Evidence-Based Urban And Regional Planning, Michael P. Johnson Jr.

Michael P. Johnson

Urban community development corporations and other local institutions routinely face challenging problems in housing and economic development that require substantial expertise in data analytics and decision modeling. While CDC employees have significant experience in diverse application areas, they often face limitations in acquiring, analyzing and sharing data, and using these data to solve decision problems whose solutions can generate novel strategies to address localized needs. Recent research, inspired by local responses to
the housing foreclosure crisis, and developed in cooperation with Boston‐area CDCs, has resulted in a collection of analytic methods and applications that can assist CDCs and similar ...


“Two-Ways” To Fix Our Neighborhoods, John Gilderbloom, William W. Riggs Apr 2015

“Two-Ways” To Fix Our Neighborhoods, John Gilderbloom, William W. Riggs

William W. Riggs

Expanding on earlier research about the impacts of one-way streets on outcomes such as public health and property values, a new study examines a citywide case study in Louisville.


The Role Of Small Business: A Tale Of Two Cities, George A. Erickcek Feb 2015

The Role Of Small Business: A Tale Of Two Cities, George A. Erickcek

George A. Erickcek

No abstract provided.


Conceptual Framework For Using Gis In Building Community Capital Towards Sustainability, Sungsoon Hwang Dec 2013

Conceptual Framework For Using Gis In Building Community Capital Towards Sustainability, Sungsoon Hwang

Sungsoon Hwang

Sustainability—balancing fundamental human needs with ecological resilience—has been embraced as an overarching policy goal. And communities have been called to participate in the process of attaining that ideal. Community-based organizations (CBOs) can benefit from using GIS in building community assets and developing sustainability initiatives. However, GIS, has not been used widely for these purposes in CBOs yet. In this chapter, I illustrate how geographic information (such as maps) can be useful in community development drawing from community GIS projects, and explain how theories of sustainability and spatial thinking can be utilized in community-based efforts towards sustainability. CBOs can ...


'Michelle Thompson (University Of New Orleans) Coordinates Whodata', Michelle Thompson Jul 2013

'Michelle Thompson (University Of New Orleans) Coordinates Whodata', Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

Urban Affairs Association Member News


Cartographers Of The New Millenium, Michelle Thompson, Brittany Arceneaux, Mason Lipscomb May 2013

Cartographers Of The New Millenium, Michelle Thompson, Brittany Arceneaux, Mason Lipscomb

Michelle M. Thompson

Brittany Arceneaux and Dr. Michelle Thompson discuss the 'WhoData' project. The video was created by Mason Lipscomb of UNO.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Included In The Times-Picayune Story “Make It Right, A Drag On New Orleans? The New Republic Says So”, Michelle Thompson Mar 2013

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Included In The Times-Picayune Story “Make It Right, A Drag On New Orleans? The New Republic Says So”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come Brad Pitt's Beautiful Houses Are A Drag On New Orleans, Lydia Depillis Mar 2013

If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come Brad Pitt's Beautiful Houses Are A Drag On New Orleans, Lydia Depillis

Michelle M. Thompson

"There's a reason, though, why such cold, hard logic hasn't yet prevailed in this most hard hit of New Orleans neighborhoods: It's all too easy to be won over by the spirit of the Lower Ninth, the passion of the people who did return. It may not be the most efficient use of public resources, and no amount of trying may bring in the kind of retail amenities that make places comfortable to live. Lower Niners, however, have a different kind of attachment to their ancestral land—for the black families who've lived there for decades ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Republic Story “If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come.”, Michelle Thompson Mar 2013

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Republic Story “If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Whodata.Org 2012 Newsletter, Michelle M. Thompson, Darin Acosta, Alena A. Anderson, Brittany N. Arceneaux, Josh Baer, Brian J. Baldwin, Carl Seifert, Chandra Teddleton Feb 2013

Whodata.Org 2012 Newsletter, Michelle M. Thompson, Darin Acosta, Alena A. Anderson, Brittany N. Arceneaux, Josh Baer, Brian J. Baldwin, Carl Seifert, Chandra Teddleton

Dr. Michelle M. Thompson, GISP, FRGS

WhoData.org, a community-focused public participation geographic information project, aims to share data that academic, public, private and non-profit organizations can use to assess, monitor and manage quality of life issues. WhoData empowers resident-led, non-profit or communityfocused groups, primarily in New Orleans, with training and resources to map and analyze data they collect on neighborhood conditions and trends. The community data information system, www.whodata.org, houses the results of property condition surveys. Residents are able to highlight priority properties that reflect indicators of blight, create customized maps and export property lists to share with the public and municipal leaders ...


Financial Intermediaries For Community And Economic Development In Ohio: Market Assessment, Ziona Austrian, Brian A. Mikelbank, Afia Yamoah, Charles Post, Candice Clouse, David O. Kasdan Jan 2013

Financial Intermediaries For Community And Economic Development In Ohio: Market Assessment, Ziona Austrian, Brian A. Mikelbank, Afia Yamoah, Charles Post, Candice Clouse, David O. Kasdan

Ziona Austrian

This report describes the results of an in-depth market assessment study conducted for the Finance Fund by the Center for Economic Development and the Center for Housing Research and Policy at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. The Finance Fund, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a statewide nonprofit financial intermediary. It finds funding and provides resources to support organizations that assist low- and moderate-income families and communities.1 The Finance Fund works primarily within low-income rural and urban communities throughout the state of Ohio by connecting local community development organizations and small businesses with needed funding in ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “City Seeks To Upgrade Online Access For Residents, Businesses.”, Michelle Thompson Jan 2013

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “City Seeks To Upgrade Online Access For Residents, Businesses.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Hoffman Triangle 2012: Neighborhood Profile Report, Michelle M. Thompson, Josh Baer, Rachael Bauer, Frank Carter, Patrick Coyle, Alex Depriest, Malissa Dietsch, Lawrence Guimont, Kevin Harrison, Nelson Hollings, Annabeth Mccall, Tara Mckeefry, Valerie Mcmillan, Brooke Perry, Adarian Pike, Kevin Potter Nov 2012

Hoffman Triangle 2012: Neighborhood Profile Report, Michelle M. Thompson, Josh Baer, Rachael Bauer, Frank Carter, Patrick Coyle, Alex Depriest, Malissa Dietsch, Lawrence Guimont, Kevin Harrison, Nelson Hollings, Annabeth Mccall, Tara Mckeefry, Valerie Mcmillan, Brooke Perry, Adarian Pike, Kevin Potter

Dr. Michelle M. Thompson, GISP, FRGS

Hoffman Triangle is located in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. It is bounded by South Claiborne Avenue to the South, Toledo Street and Washington Avenue to the West and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the East. It is a neighborhood that continues to evolve and significantly grow after the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In order to support the work that the Neighborhood Development Foundation, Associated Neighborhood Development and the Hoffman Triangle Neighborhood Association are doing to improve the quality of life of all existing and future residents, WhoData.org and the University of New Orleans – Department of ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Featured In The Fall Edition Of The New Planner, The Online Publication Of The American Planning Association., Michelle Thompson Oct 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Featured In The Fall Edition Of The New Planner, The Online Publication Of The American Planning Association., Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The Advocate Story “Event Brings Food To Ninth Ward.”, Michelle Thompson Oct 2012

Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The Advocate Story “Event Brings Food To Ninth Ward.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “Interactive Tools Allow Residents To Track Road Home, Blight Battle Progress.”, Michelle Thompson Oct 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “Interactive Tools Allow Residents To Track Road Home, Blight Battle Progress.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Hoffman Triangle: Evolution Of A Neighborhood, James Stire, Brittany Arceneaux, Kim Washington, Michelle Thompson Oct 2012

Hoffman Triangle: Evolution Of A Neighborhood, James Stire, Brittany Arceneaux, Kim Washington, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

This video spotlights the continual efforts of Associated Neighborhood Development and other local organizations towards the development of the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood in Central City. The summer of 2012 brought significant advancements to Hoffman Triangle through three community-organized cleanup events, led by the Hoffman Triangle Neighborhood Association and the City of New Orleans. Maps and resources produced by Whodata.org and the University of New Orleans Department of Planning & Urban Studies have assisted efforts in highlighting why Hoffman Triangle remains a great place to live, work and play. To learn more about the Associated Neighborhood Development: http://www.and-nola.org ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Featured In The Video: “Hoffman Triangle: Evolution Of A Neighborhood”, Michelle Thompson Oct 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Featured In The Video: “Hoffman Triangle: Evolution Of A Neighborhood”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The Times-Picayune Story: “7 Streets In New Orleans Working To Revitalize Neighborhoods Are Part Of Uno Student's Research.”, Michelle Thompson Aug 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The Times-Picayune Story: “7 Streets In New Orleans Working To Revitalize Neighborhoods Are Part Of Uno Student's Research.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The Times-Picayune Story: “7 Streets In New Orleans Working To Revitalize Neighborhoods Are Part Of Uno Student's Research.”, Michelle Thompson Aug 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The Times-Picayune Story: “7 Streets In New Orleans Working To Revitalize Neighborhoods Are Part Of Uno Student's Research.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “Hoffman Triangle Investments Encounter ‘Open-Air Drug Market.”, Michelle Thompson Jun 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “Hoffman Triangle Investments Encounter ‘Open-Air Drug Market.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “Hoffman Triangle Investments Encounter ‘Open-Air Drug Market.”, Michelle Thompson Jun 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “Hoffman Triangle Investments Encounter ‘Open-Air Drug Market.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Housing, Geographic Information Systems, Community Development, Public Participation Geographic Information Systems, Michelle Thompson May 2012

Housing, Geographic Information Systems, Community Development, Public Participation Geographic Information Systems, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


New Road Home Initiatives Announced By Hud Secretary, Michelle Thompson May 2012

New Road Home Initiatives Announced By Hud Secretary, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Included In The Fox 8 Story “Owners Of Rotting Townhouses Could Benefit From Federal Funds Again.”, Michelle Thompson Jan 2012

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Included In The Fox 8 Story “Owners Of Rotting Townhouses Could Benefit From Federal Funds Again.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.