Current Projects

(see also: Completed Projects: Briefs and Papers)

  • Oregon Non Profit Organizational Research

    OPAL Research Team: Dolores Vazquez

    Faculty Mentors: Brent Steel

    Project Description: The purpose of this study is to explore how Oregon nonprofit organizations are engaged in policy issues of interest to Oregon’s Latino communities including how the groups were initially formed, what stakeholders were involved, the types of outreach and educational activities engaged in, what kinds of resources are available, and potential barriers and opportunities for success.

  • City Club of Corvallis

    OPAL Research Team: Rebekah Degner, Alexa Diaz, Allison Daniel

    Faculty Mentors: Erika Allen Wolters, Roger Hammer

    Project Description: This project will address current opportunities and barriers to workforce housing in Corvallis, with a specific focus on cluster/cottage housing. Current lack of housing for this income level is encouraging rental or purchasing of homes outside of Corvallis. The exploration into cluster/cottage housing options will examine several key research areas centered on the “Missing Middle” a term originated by Daniel Parolek (2010) to define a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living. Further, the project will address the potential for employer-assisted housing (EAH) to encourage and facilitate employee housing in Corvallis.

  • Beavers Without Borders (BWOB)

    OPAL Research Team: Angela Lavado Alvarado

    Faculty Mentors: David Bernell

    Project Description: This project seeks to develop, through program evaluation and research, an ongoing support structure for communities where BWOB works. Specifically, based on work in the Dominican Republic, OPAL will conduct a pilot study into building capacity for long-term, sustainable service work. This study will utilize program evaluation tools that can assess effectiveness of program goals and implementation.

  • The Food-Water-Energy Nexus Policy Clinic

    OPAL Research Team: TBC

    Faculty Mentors: Brent Steel, Becky Warner, Erika Allen Wolters

    Project Description: OPAL is currently conducting a research project on the development, implementation and analysis of a survey exploring Oregonians knowledge, attitudes, and policy preferences regarding the food-water-energy nexus.  The survey will be initiated in winter 2018. Results will be made available on the OPAL site upon project completion.

  • OSU Food Survey

    OPAL Research Team: Margherita Del Prete

    Faculty Mentors: Brent Steel

    Project Description: Food losses and waste represent a raising global concern in the effort to fight hunger, raise income levels, and to improve food security both in industrialized and less developed countries.  The causes of food losses and waste vary throughout regions and are very much dependent on the specific conditions and on the local situations.  The overall aim of this study is to assess the food behavior and understanding of college students concerning food waste. The purpose of this work is to analyze consumer behavior toward food waste, with a special focus on the reasons that led to make certain choices. Moreover, the perception of college students on the social, environmental and economic impacts of food waste will be investigated. Results from the survey will be made available on the OPAL site once the project is completed.

  • The Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC)

    OPAL Research Team: James Cogle, Rebekah Degner, Sione Filimoehala, Brianna O'Steen

    Faculty Mentors: Dr. Philipp Kneis, Dr. Keith Baker

    Project Description: OPAL will conduct research to create a more robust understanding of the barriers impeding Oregonians from receiving various available services, with a critical eye to issues that may impede minority populations. The main research goal is to determine better methods of allocating services to Oregonians.