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New Spring GSIPM Offerings on ‘Applied Research Methods and Tools’ and ‘Technologies to Support Innovation Scouting’

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GSIPM Adds New Course and Workshop

Applied Research Methods and Tools                    Prof Maha Baimyrzaeva                                2 credits

This two-credit course will be offered over two weekends in Spring 2011 semester.  The course intends to help students learn to designing and implement applied research projects using most popular tools of data collection and analysis.  Applied research is used to clarify and confront actual policy, programmatic, and organizational problems, whereas scientific research aims to advance universal knowledge.  The first part of the course will focus on research designs, specifically on case studies using mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methods.  The second part will focus on data collection tools.  The participants will learn to design and conduct different forms of interviews, surveys, and focus groups.   For the final deliverable students will design and implement an applied research project using a combination of at least two data collection tools.

Course Dates: Friday, April 15: 1-6pmm Sat, April 16: 10-6pm , Sunday, April 17: 10-5pm, Friday, April 22: 1-6pm, Sat, April 23: 10-6pm

Technologies to Support Innovation Scouting     Professors Beryl Levinger and Evan Bloom   1 credit

This workshop will examine how such technologies as SMS Frontline, social stock exchanges, Ushahidi, mashups, and crowdsourcing mobile apps can be used to support social impact investing. Students will learn how to deploy these technologies in under-resourced settings.  The final project will engage teams in developing an original solution strategy that uses one or more of these technologies to support a social enterprise incubator, social venture capital group, or social enterprise. Students will develop proficiency with the new technologies through a combination of lectures, guided readings, team-based problem-solving simulations, case studies, and hands-on practice.

Course Dates: April 1-3, Fri, 1:00-6:00pm,  Sat, Sun, 12:00-5:00pm

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