Friday, April 21, 2017

Fall 2016 Projects

Six clinical projects in the fall of 2016 allowed us to: strategize with two very different Ombud’s offices to help them improve their internal dispute resolution services; work with a local housing co-operative on communications and decision-making skills around large communal projects; develop a curriculum on negotiation in a legislative context for an institute whose mission is to educate the public about the role of the Senate in our government; support a government agency to improve stakeholder inclusion among collaborative groups with whom they work; and build an online toolkit for community college students and graduates to improve their salary negotiation skills.

 

Lyndsi Allsop and Sonam Patel

Lyndsi Allsop and Sonam Patel

Asian Development Bank, Ombudsperson

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) works in partnership with developing member countries to improve lives in Asia and the Pacific through targeted investments. This fall, HNMCP continued earlier work with ADB’s Office of the Ombudsperson to better understand employee needs, perceptions of the Office, and strategies for improving its services both in ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines, and in its 31 field offices around the world.

 

 

Ashleigh Ruggles, Emily Joung, and Jose Alvarez

Ashleigh Ruggles, Emily Joung, and Jose Alvarez

Cornerstone CoHousing

Cornerstone Village Cohousing Community is a 32-unit residential community in North Cambridge. Its meetings are run by consensus and processes are intended to make sure all voices are heard before decisions are made. Cornerstone engaged the Clinic in order to focus specifically on a current conflict in the community, to help map a path forward, and to provide advice on how to build the community’s capacity for conflict management.

 

 

Kelsey Curtis, Corey Linehan, and Sara Leiman

Kelsey Curtis, Corey Linehan, and Sara Leiman

District of Columbia Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education

The District of Columbia Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education works to ensure equal access to education for the approximately 88,000 students attending DC public schools (traditional and charter) by helping students and their families resolve school-related questions, concerns, or complaints. The Office engaged HNMCP to assess the effectiveness of its current ombudsman program and make recommendations for improvement specifically in the arena of Special Education.

 

Madeleine Williams and Abhinaya Swaminathan

Madeleine Williams and Abhinaya Swaminathan

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government. One way it does so is through its centerpiece education program, the Senate Immersion Module, during which participants take on the role of Senators engaged in the legislative process. The Kennedy Institute engaged HNMCP to develop the materials and curriculum for a new Conference Committee program—using the real life example of the negotiation of the 2014 Farm Bill—in order to practice negotiation in the legislative context.

 

 

Brady Bender, Michael, Reiterman, and Han Ding

Brady Bender, Michael, Reiterman, and Han Ding

National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation (NFF), chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. NFF engaged HNMCP to build on findings from our Spring 2016 project in order to help NFF increase stakeholder inclusion in collaborative groups dedicated to improving the National Forests.

 

Daniel Parino and Jyoti Jasrasaria

Daniel Parino and Jyoti Jasrasaria

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career,Technical, and Adult Education

OCTAE administers, and coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges. HNMCP worked for OCTAE to identify the structural and cultural barriers women and others face in salary and benefits negotiations and to create a toolkit to equip community college students and graduates with the skills and strategies to negotiate more effectively in the face of those barriers and other challenges.