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    Delaware’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, Lindsay
    This 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.
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    Recover Delaware Resilience Planning Guide
    (Institute for Public Administration, 2021-12) Cohen, Morgan; Willard, Collin; Mix, Troy
    This 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.
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    Delaware State Parks Youth Conservation Corps Impact Study
    (Institute for Public Administration, 2022-02) DeCoursey, William; Mix, Troy; Narvaez, Martha
    In 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.
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    Recover Delaware: Focus on Funding
    (Institute for Public Administration, 2021-09) McGregor, Kirsten; Mix, Troy
    To 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.
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    Recover Delaware Roundtable #4: Networks for Resilience and Recovery
    (Institute for Public Administration, 2021-09) Swallow, Danielle
    The COVID-19 pandemic tested local resilience in many ways—including straining social infrastructure such as schools and healthcare systems, exposing gaps in broadband internet access, and altering supply chains and how households and individuals access essential commercial and government services. Delaware’s recovery from the pandemic presents many opportunities for our communities to take stock of lessons learned and apply this knowledge to future planning that builds resilience to the next event. Networks bring a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations together around overlapping and shared interests. They contribute to the creation of social capital that can support disaster response and recovery. Social capital refers to the extent to which an individual involves themselves in different informal networks, as well as formal civic organizations. This social capital adds capacity and extends the reach of governmental response and recovery efforts.