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Frank Dukes - Collaborative Change, Collaborative planning

Social Science
Institute for Environmental Negotiation
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Frank Dukes
Research Focus: 

I propose to pursue development of an ‘equity scorecard’ that could be used for identifying key markers and indicators of progress for climate and culture within various UVA schools and programs as well as within the community at large, including Charlottesville.

There are a number of issues where equity matters: Housing; Safety, including relationships with the police department; Employment, including wage and benefits; Transportation; Health; Education; Socio/cultural Engagement.

While keeping the focus on equity, we may prefer to use robust and more widely welcomed language such as is used by the “Thriving Cities” project run by Josh Yates.

I have identified several questions without confirmed answers; these include:
o How do you measure the City, County and University relationship?
o How do we measure and report in ways that do not distort progress, or lack of progress? For instance, tracking some indicators for the first time may appear to show a new problem when in fact we are only beginning to measure and take actions, so in fact this could indicate progress.
o Can there be pieces of a scorecard comparable with other places, for comparison sake?
o What baselines could be shared with other institutions/communities, and what may be particular to Charlottesville/UVa?

Position Description: 

The student would be examining cases of other communities that have attempted to measure equity. They would be exploring digital mapping technologies with an eye toward developing an "equity map" of Central Virginia with layers of data involving housing, income and employment, health outcomes, and more. They would be working with community members and university faculty and students with similar goals.

Required Skills: 

Although it would be ideal to have a student with skills in visual mapping, an interest in this would be sufficient.

What will you learn: 

Collaborate with others on issues of sensitivity and importance;
Understand and practice cultural humility;
Understand and value measures of equity as tools for promoting equity.

Help individuals and groups address complex public problems and conflicts in ways that strengthen communities and organizations when other forces are pushing them apart. Each year I work on average on a dozen or so collaborative change projects involving environment and land use, water, and contaminated sites, as well as community development, education, and health. In recent years I have gravitated towards two geographic areas of focus. These are: 1) the coalfields of Appalachia; and 2) the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I also have intensified my emphasis on race and equity, including work within UVA as well as outside the university.