Advanced Seminar Capstone Projects | Professional Decision Reports

In their final semester of study, students work with a client to analyze and present solutions to real-world issues faced by practitioners in the field producing a professional decision report (PDR) as the final requirement to complete the MS degree.

Capstone Projects 2017-2018

Best Professional Decision Report Award 2017-2018

Supporting Small Businesses & Keeping Them Open | By Nicole Lau

Small businesses are the backbone of local economies and the engine of the American dream. Local leaders often emphasize the importance of a strong, growing small business community because small businesses create the majority of new net jobs_, employ local residents, and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods. There are over 230,000 small businesses across New York City’s five boroughs providing over one million people with quality jobs, jobs that offer benefits including paid sick leave, time off, and subsidized healthcare. While there is a surge in the number of new small businesses, they face an array of barriers that prevent them from achieving sustained growth.

The report, “Supporting Small Businesses and Keeping them Open,” identifies the range of services currently offered to small businesses and recommends three novel, high potential programs the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce can undertake to help small businesses access the resources they need to achieve growth. A database comprising of 250 services was created, initiatives offered by the Chambers of Commerce in other major cities were identified, reports published by research institutions and foundations were reviewed, and an informational interview was conducted with the Greater Rochester Enterprise over the course of three months.

Read about all the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Professional Decision Reports

Capstone Projects 2016-2017

Best Professional Decision Report Award 2016-2017

Creating Safe and Supportive School Environments Through School Policing Reform | By Shanell Lockhart | Client: Urban Youth Collaborative 

Professional Decision Reports Fall 2016—Spring 2017

Stability and Self-Determination in Reentry Employment Programs, by Julia Bowling

Parking Management Strategies for Co-op City, by Edward Braxton

Effective Structures in Advocacy Coalitions: A template for NWF’s Initiative to pass the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act”, by Jesse Brooks

Farm to Early Care: Opportunities for Expansion, by Meg Davidson

Gaps in Long-term Care Services and Supports, by Maria Diaz

How a Family Resource Center in Community School District 1 can support the goals of a socioeconomic integration pilot program, by Charis Durrance

New Strategies for Affordable Housing Preservation: Restructuring financial incentives & regulatory requirements to maximize multifamily housing preservation in NYC, by Joseph Frewer

Building an organizational infrastructure for training external stakeholders, by Nakechia Gay

Enhancing Patient and Community Engagement in East Harlem to Improve Access to Comprehensive Healthcare, by Rumbidzai Joyline Gotosa

Facilitating Community Collaboration Anchored in Housing, by Stephanie Guzman

Pathway to Successful Reentry for Youthful Offenders, by Kerry Hayes

Public Policy and Machine Learning, by Daniel Herrera

Global Learning Collaborative: Implementation & Dissemination of the Principles of Practice, by Kobi Loehr

Inwood Rezoning and Affordable Housing Preservation, by Flavia Martins Ferreira Ribeiro Leite

Housing Gridlock: New York City, by Moira McComas

Caring Across Generations: Alliance with Alzheimer’s, by Lateefah Morse

Expanding Affordable Housing Options for Refugees in New York City, by Grant Nagaki

Creating Pathways to Postsecondary Success, by Oluremi Olufemi

Reconceptualizing Newark’s approach to Economic Development, by Juan O’Neill

Vertical Farm To Michelin Table: Improving Awareness of Verticle Farms, by Alec Pomnichowski

Strategies to Promote Minority Entrepreneurs in the City of Long Beach, California, by Rebecca Roberts

Construction Workforce Development Programs for Small Businesses, by Luisa Rodriguez

New Strategies for Membership Policy, by Emily Singer

GreenThumb: Expanding the Possibilities of GreenThumb’s Outreach, by Chohnny Sousa

Increasing Rescued Food Donations at NY Common Pantry, by Talia Jane Thomson

Organizational, Operational & Management Strategies for the North Brooklyn Boat Club, by Joshua Vogel

Reforming the Process of Indicating Child Abuse Cases in NYS, by Chelsea Wilson