Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Latino Communities: Two Case Studies
(Social Equity and Race)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
First, Toni Castro-Cosio and Victoria Quiroz-Becerra of MDRC and Marcus Berkowitz, Senior Director of Technology and Innovation at Grameen America, Inc will discuss a partnership to conduct an evaluation of the Grameen America program, which provides microloans to low-income women entrepreneurs, based on the Grameen Bank model developed in Bangladesh in the mid-1970s. The study is focused on a branch servicing Union City, NJ a predominantly Latino community. Toni, Victoria, and Marcus will reflect on the last five years of this partnership and how the information generated by the research has informed Grameen’s approach to working with their clients. Next, John Martinez of MDRC and Brayan Rosas, Policy Director at El Instituto del Desarollo de la Juventud in Puerto Rico will discuss a partnership that is working to help El Instituto develop and present evidence informed recommendations to the Puerto Rico and US Governments on how to increase low-income youth employment on the island, especially in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Brayan will describe some of the recommendations being made and how having a research partner has bolstered El Instituto’s ability to make a compelling case in support of their policy and practice recommendations.