We introduce communities to technical tools and ways of thinking. We have embedded in a variety of nonprofits and local governments, and have worked with them on process engineering, implementation of technical systems, and policy restructuring to incorporate technical tools.
Some of our recent projects have included:
- PIT Fellow Kristina Ishmael has educated school districts around the country about the possibilities represented by Open Educational Resources (OER) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, coordinating a group of key stakeholders and consulting with 75 local school districts. You can learn more about this work on her in-depth project page.
- PIT Fellow Michelle Thompson partnered with Mastercard to use a public and private participation geographic information systems (p3GIS) model in order to map the availability of financial resources like community banks in low-income neighborhoods. She created a toolkit of practical solutions that can be used to advocate for and develop public policy that reflects the needs of communities. You can learn more about her work through her final report.
- PIT Fellow Marina Martin worked with Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) to improve and quicken their foster parent onboarding process. As a result, DCYF cleared their backlog of parents in the onboarding process in a single weekend and nearly doubled the number of eligible foster parents. Martin also successfully repealed Rhode Island’s ban on the use of social media within government, which is critical for finding lost foster children. You can learn more about her work in her article the New America Weekly.
- PIT Fellow Jeremiah Lindemann has created an online mapping tool depicting the faces of people who lost their lives to the opioid epidemic nationwide, in order to help local governments across the country build awareness and strategies to address the opioid epidemic. As a result, national, statewide, and local partners have formally adopted the tool in order to improve targeted approaches to combating the opioid crisis. The map also served as the starting point for getting local governments interested in the Opioid Mapping Initiative, and was quickly followed by a national naloxone access map and a national prescription drop off map.
- PIT Fellow Lauren Greenawalt is working with Los Angeles County on their youth diversion and development work to empower young people to build lives outside of the confines of the criminal justice system.