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Robert L. Fischer, PhD
In the News
Jun 3 2016
The latest edition of the Community Development Journal from Oxford University Press features the article “Using data to build community: exploring one model of geographically specific data use in the non-profit sector” co-authored by Dr. Rob Fischer, co-director of the Poverty Center, with Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney and Allison Russell.
The article discusses the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to incorporate data assembled by non-profit organizations to help build communities. Additional findings show that while non-profits implement GIS to foster collaboration with other organizations, realizing and sustaining this outcome can continue to be a challenge.
(Jeffrey L. Brudney is the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Non-profit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Editor in Chief of Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Allison Russell is a doctoral student in social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.)
May 12 2016
“The motivation to kill is both born out of desperation and opportunity,” explained Dr. Robert Fischer, Poverty Center co-director, to the Times-Picayune in “Why does New Orleans have more murders than similar cities? Experts search for answers” on May 11.
The article explores why New Orleans has a higher murder rate than cities of similar population and poverty level. For example, the population of Cleveland is larger and suffers from a slightly higher poverty rate but experiences fewer murders with a murder rate almost a third less than New Orleans in 2015.
Dr. Fischer believes that a connection between poverty and crime has been proven over time due to desperation and opportunity. “I think poverty drives both of those in a way because desperation makes you more likely to take risks and envision opportunity through a criminal act like homicide,” he said.
Plain Dealer Article Highlights CWRU Study on the Negative Effects of Poor Housing on Kindergarten Readiness
Apr 25 2016
Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Poverty Center, was interviewed for “Bad housing—not just due to lead poisoning—tied to lower kindergarten test scores,” an article by The Plain Dealer featuring the Poverty Center’s recent study as a part of their series Toxic Neglect.
In the report Leveraging Integrated Data Systems to Examine the Effect of Housing and Neighborhood Conditions on Kindergarten Readiness, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Richter, Seok Joo Kim, Robert Fischer, and Youngmin Cho examine the effects of housing deterioration on elevated lead levels and kindergarten readiness.
“The Case study points to the need for community leaders to pay closer attention to early warning signs that children are living in distressed housing,” Coulton said. She suggested the city could integrate its data concerning high lead risk houses with other organizations’ data on indicators of housing deterioration to create an “early warning system” to monitor properties posing a high risk for children.
Nonprofit Quarterly also commented on the Plain Dealer story in a feature as well as the Poverty Center report.
Click here for recent news from the Poverty Center about lead poisoning in children.