CTAC is a multi-partner initiative to enhance the data and evaluation capacity of community organizations through student-led, community-engaged projects.
CTAC is semester-based, with projects in Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. Graduate students with skills or experience in data and evaluation can join CTAC and serve as Student Consultants for a local nonprofit partner organization.
CTAC has engaged:
- Work on an individual or team-based data/evaluation project throughout the semester.
- CTAC full group meetings throughout the semester, on a bi- or tri- weekly basis.
- At least 2 meetings with partner organization with on-going communication as needed.
- Optional professional development and skill-building workshops.
- End-of-semester project showcase.
- Graduate student standing.
- Professional or academic experience with data & evaluation skills.
If you don't yet have the data/evaluation skills to join CTAC, check out these other Data & Eval Resources on campus where you can develop foundational skills.
Ways To Engage:
- Course substitution
- If you have a course that CTAC can fulfill in terms of learning objectives, CTAC can be used to fuilfill that requirement with an advisor's permission.
- Independent Study
- If no course is appropriate to substitute, you may be able to use CTAC to gain independent study credits. In most cases, you'll need to find your own Independent Study Advisor.
- MSW Field Placement
- If you are enrolled in the School of Social Work, you may be able to complete your field hours through a placement with CTAC. If you are interested, please speak to your field advisor.
- SPH APEx Requirement
- CTAC can fulfill the Applied Practice Experience requirement in the School of Public Health with the creation of a learning plan and approval of APEx advisor.
- Work-Study Positions
- We have a limited number of work-study positions available per term. If you are eligible for a work-study position, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if CTAC is the right fit for you.
- It is important to note that you cannot be paid and receive academic credit at the same time.
- Volunteer/Unpaid Internship
- Many students engage with CTAC as volunteers if they do not need course credit.
CTAC Alumni Voices:
"Hands down the best part of my MSW program, the experience with quantitative analysis was so useful.. I was getting my eval work in."
"I found CTAC to be the biggest contributor to my learning and one of the few places where I learned practical skills for application in my current professional life."
"CTAC gave me an outlet to practice, learn, and develop my evaluation and management skills.. I understand how to build management tools that inform my [current] workplace and clarify our collective charge and approach to the work."