United Way Research and Policy Formation

October 20, 2012

CUED recently completed a study for Untied Way. "COMPARING SAN DIEGO REGION PUBLIC ASSISTANCE & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TO UNITED WAY SELF-SUFFICIENCY GOALS".  The work involved a comprehensive analysis of the existing service delivery system design for public assistance in the region. It also included qualifying data, legislative authorizations, local, state and federal agency structures and authorities granted by administrative guidelines. Of particular interest were the technological service delivery systems and their data collection capabilities. The review also assessed access to data and follow through between agencies. The emphasis on the design of eh system resulting in disparities in service delivery was a key element in the study and in designing future giving strategizes for Untied Way.

California Endowment/City Heights Development Corporation and Walk San Diego

October 8, 2012

This project is based on the mission of the endowment to promote healthy communities. In this case the goal is to build walkable environments which encourage local residents to walk toward a healthy life style. The issue is how to finance the development of walkable infrastructure. The work of CUED is threefold; 1) using a matrix of demographic and economic data identify strategic potentially walkable spaces. 2) Working with Woodbury Architectural students, Walk San Diego, and local residents, develop walkable design for selected places, 3) design an innovative but realistic financing methodology in conjunction with public bank and foundation resources to implement the infrastructure improvements.

City Heights Infastructure Research Project

October 3, 2012

The Center for Urban Economic Development conducted a study funded by TCE which demonstrated that enhanced walkability within San Diego neighborhoods could potentially increase neighborhood economic prosperity while simultaneously creating a healthier community and an improved quality of life. Walkability is defined as the degree to which the pedestrian infrastructure encourages walking trips, and where there are destinations to satisfy most everyday needs (i.e. Schools, work, shopping and recreation) within easy walking distance.