Muskie School of Public Service

Data Innovation Project's Community Research Assistantship Program

Year One of the Data Innovation Project's Community Research Assistantship Program was a huge success thanks to its stellar Muskie School graduate students and phenomenal community sites. Starsha Schiller, MPPM 2019, developed a program monitoring system for the Center for Grieving Children's peer support program. Lindsay McFarren, MPH 2018, conducted research that investigated the relationship between client supports and the number of episodes of care at Milestone Recovery's detoxification program. Finally, Andrea Francis, MPH 2018, designed a data development plan for the Dept of Youth & Community Engagement at the Cutler Institute to better understand the racial disparities of Native youth in the foster care system.

The Data Innovation Project is now accepting applications for Year Two of the CRA Program which matches DIP-trained graduate research assistants from USM with community organizations to support their applied research and evaluation efforts.  These assistantships are a great opportunity for graduate students to apply their new knowledge and skills within a community organization while also receiving generous financial support. The deadline for academic year 2018-2019 is July 15.  Graduate Student Application