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- ItemGrant Assistance Program Case Study: From Route 9 Master Plan to RAISE Grant Success(Institute for Public Administration, 2023-05-26) Willard, Collin; Raskin, KatyaThe 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes funding for hundreds of programs in the realm of infrastructure and resiliency through fiscal year 2026. Facing major infrastructure and resilience challenges, Delaware local governments, organizations, and state agencies are tasked with navigating the complex landscape of federal grants to find opportunities that can improve conditions for Delawareans over the next several years. In order to assist in this process, the Institute for Public Administration’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP) was launched in July 2022 to provide technical assistance and grant writing services to Delaware local governments. GAP seeks to build local capacity for grant administration by highlighting successful examples and best practices to share with local governments interested in funding opportunities.
- ItemDelaware’s Process for Projecting Demographic and Population Estimates– Overview, Evolution, and the Future Role of the Delaware Population Consortium(Institute for Public Administration, 2022-08) O'Hanlon, Julia; O'Neill, Sean; Prickett, LindsayThis policy brief was developed by IPA as part of its partnership with and funding from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Planning Division. Information provided is intended to inform key stakeholders—including state agency staff, local government leaders, and community organizations in Delaware—about the history, evolution, and applications of the Delaware Population Consortium work and annual projections. In addition to its infrastructure and transportation policy team, IPA recognizes contributions to the document made by our DelDOT partners, the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR), the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC), and others interviewed as part of IPA’s fiscal year 2022 infrastructure work plan.
- ItemRecover Delaware Resilience Planning Guide(Institute for Public Administration, 2021-12) Cohen, Morgan; Willard, Collin; Mix, TroyThis report provides organizations, governments, and community stakeholders with a framework for considering, deliberating, and acting on recovery and resilience planning priorities in Delaware. It also summarizes the launch of the Recover Delaware pilot project.
- ItemDelaware State Parks Youth Conservation Corps Impact Study(Institute for Public Administration, 2022-02) DeCoursey, William; Mix, Troy; Narvaez, MarthaIn coordination with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Parks and Recreation, the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware conducted an evaluation to determine the impact of the Delaware State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programming on 2014–2020 participants. The project consists of a literature review of youth labor programs and environmental employment programs, the development of survey instruments, survey administration, analysis of the survey responses, and recommendations for program enhancements. Overall, the YCC program is a highly performing youth labor program in Delaware. Based on the comparable youth labor programs and environmental youth employment programs as well as data results, the following program enhancements are recommended for consideration: embrace and extend the core youth workforce development benefits of the program, strengthen YCC Alumni relations and networking opportunities, increase racial diversity, and conduct annual and multi-year assessments.
- ItemRecover Delaware: Focus on Funding(Institute for Public Administration, 2021-09) McGregor, Kirsten; Mix, TroyTo support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, the federal government has allocated unprecedented funding amounts directly to local governments and to federal grant programs addressing priorities ranging from housing, infrastructure, and premium worker pay to economic development, hazard mitigation, and resilience planning. Leveraging these funds for maximum impact will require a strategic approach informed by knowledge of community needs, funding opportunities, and guidelines. This Recover Delaware brief aims to inform efforts by Delaware’s state and local governments to strategize and prioritize recovery investments, with a focus on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated directly to governments through the U.S. Treasury.