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2015

Community Based Research Projects for 2015

The following projects were done for the 2015 class. Click on a link to see the storytelling video.

  • Call-A-Ride Service Audit - This research team collaborated with Paraquad and the Coalition for Truth in Independence (CTI). The team analyzed the Call-A-Ride paratransit service offered by Metrolink. Using issues raised during an audit of Call-A-Ride (ADA Complementary Paratransit Service Compliance Review) by the Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights in 2005, the research team did in-depth interviews of Call-A-Ride clients as well as mapping the customer service journey of people using it.
  • St. Louis Parks Accessibility Audit - This research team used the Community Park Audit Toolkit to assess five parks in St. Louis City/County for accessibility issues such as entrance and pathway accessibility, playground equipment accessibility, picnic area accessibility, restroom accessibility, and parking. The team also did in-depth interviews of people who were using the parks studied for how they use them, how they feel about parks, and what draws them to use parks.
  • Metro-East Parks Accessibility Audit - This research team used the Community Park Audit Toolkit to assess five parks in the metro-east for issues relating to park safety, funding, accessibility, and maintenanceinequalitysuch as entrance and pathway accessibility, playground equipment accessibility, picnic area accessibility, restroom accessibility, and parking. The team also did in-depth interviews of people who were using the parks studied for how they use them, how they feel about parks, and what draws them to use parks.
  • UMSL Accessibility Audit - This research team collaborated with UMSL's Disability Access Services staff, Paraquad, and students with disabilities to perform an accessibility audit of key parts of the university's north campus. In-depth interviews were done with UMSL students to develop an understanding of their unique challenges in accessing the university's educational services.
  • Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative - This research team collaborated with the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, local food ministries, and non-profit organizations to develop an understanding of the social justice issues, such as the right to the city, surrounding panhandling in the neighborhood. A recent ordinance called "Real Change" was researched from the point of view of city officials, local businesses, charities, and panhandlers.
  • Police/Community Relations in Select St. Louis County Municipalities - This research team focused on the social justice issues related to the use of selected police departments in St. Louis County to generate revenues for municipalities through the municipal courts, disproportionately affecting African Americans. Placing the social justice issues of north St. Louis County into the historical context of urban development, and partnering with BetterTogether STL, the team performed in-depth interviews with Ferguson protesters, drivers who failed to pay fines and spent time in jail, former police officials, and public policy researchers.