Clients and Projects

 

Environmental Science and Policy Program Review - Smith College

 

Smith College is a private, independent women's liberal arts college with coed graduate and certificate programs in Northampton, Massachusetts. In its 2018 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked it tied for 11th among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges. The Environmental Science and Policy Program minor was established in 1996 and the major in 2010. The program seeks to educate students about the environment and pressing problem and produce future leaders with interdisciplinary analysis and problem-solving skills. The program is undergoing its first formal external review.  Dr. Vincent serves as an external reviewer, preparing a report that positions the program in the national landscape and making recommendations for consideration. The review is funded by the Provost and the Program Committee.

Planet Texas 2050  Bridging Barriers Initiative - University of Texas-Austin

 

Planet Texas 2050 is an institutional grand challenges research initiative with the overarching goal of discovering the critical interactions between environmental and human systems in Texas and developing strategies to improve the resilience of these systems to the coupled stress of climate extreme and rapid population growth through 2050. Planet Texas 2050 work will focus on understanding the interconnectedness of four critical resource systems: Water, Energy, Urbanization and Ecosystem Services. Vincent Evaluation Consulting provided evaluation planning recommendations for the initiative and serves as the external program evaluator for a proposed PT2050 graduate training program titled Resilience of Urban Systems in Semi-Arid Regions submitted to the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program. 

 

Interdisciplinary Training, Education and Research in Food-Energy-Water Systems (InTERFEWS) Graduate Program - Colorado State University  

 

As population continues to grow and demands for resources increase, understanding the nexus of Food-Energy-Water Systems (FEWS) is vital to ensure the reliability and equity of access to these crucial resources. FEWS are tightly intertwined and characterized by complex tradeoffs that are not yet well understood. Understanding the demands for and tradeoffs amongst FEW resources are particularly challenging in semi-arid regions, where increasing population trends are likely to continue, and water shortage poses risks to agriculture and energy industries. The Program brings together PhD students from traditionally disparate disciplines to conduct research on key problems in the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus with a focus on water-scarce, arid regions. The program’s mission is to prepare a diverse cohort of graduate students with the transdisciplinary and systems-level thinking skills necessary to make meaningful contributions to the complex and changing interactions in FEWS under water scarcity. Vincent Evaluation Consulting serves as the external program evaluator for the InTERFEWS project. InTERFEWS is funded by the National Science Foundation Research program.

 

Employing Model-based Reasoning in Socio-environmental Synthesis - University of Texas-El Paso

 

Knowledge integration across disciplines is at the heart of addressing important research challenges, such as impacts of global change, trade-offs between water, food, and energy production, and the need for sustainable cities. The EMBeRS Project is testing a new model for integrating knowledge across disciplines based on cognitive science theories of model-based reasoning. The project is also creating educational materials to train students to overcome the barriers to integrating knowledge across disciplines. Vincent Evaluation Consulting serves as the external program evaluator for the EMBeRS project. EMBeRS was funded by the National Science Foundation NSF Research Traineeship Innovations in Graduate Education Program.  The EMBeRS team has submitted a proposal to continue research to the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Core Research Program on Fundamental Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education.

 

Urban Water Innovation Network - Colorado State University

The UWIN network, a consortium of academic institutions and key partners across the U.S., includes research, engagement and educational programs that address challenges that threaten urban water systems. The mission of UWIN is to create technological, institutional, and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises. Vincent Evaluation Consulting serves as the external program evaluator for the education programs components of the UWIN project. The Urban Water Innovation Network is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network: Sustainability Research Program.

 

 

Coasts and Communities: Natural and Human Systems in Urbanizing Environments - University of Massachusetts-Boston

 

The interaction of coastal areas and the human communities that inhabit them presents a range of complex environmental and social challenges and opportunities which have proven difficult to investigate using traditional, single-discipline approaches. The Coasts and Communities program teaches a transdisciplinary approach to exploring the connections between the dynamics of human and natural systems. In particular, the program addresses the pressures that human activities exert on linked coastal systems and the effects of changing ecosystem dynamics on these human communities. Vincent Evaluation Consulting serves as the external program evaluator for the Coasts and Communities program. The Coasts and Communities program is funded by the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Program.

 

 

The Aldo Leopold Foundation

 

The Aldo Leopold foundation’s mission is to foster a land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Their vision is to weave a land ethic into the fabric of our society; to advance the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health; and to cultivate leadership for conservation. Vincent Evaluation Consulting is working with the foundation to design and implement a survey research project to learn about higher education faculty members’ perceptions of social ethics and responsibility, inclusion of social ethics/responsibility in curricula, and methods/needs for content delivery and assessment.

 

National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative - Environmental Discipline Working Group

 

The Northeast Transportation Workforce Center Environmental Discipline Working Group is an advisory group of interdisciplinary and action-oriented experts focused on advising and critiquing work directed at properly equipping students and workers with the skills, competencies, and experiences necessary to succeed in a transportation career advancing environmental and sustainability goals. Dr. Vincent served as a volunteer member of the Working Group.