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These ideas have been submitted to the UCT Knowledge Co-op; they are available to students at UCT who may choose them for their research topics toward a degree.

They are listed in the following categories:

N.B. Projects often do fit in more than one category and so may be listed more than once.


Project Name

Project Description

Category 1: Education

# 213. Test for school readiness

Assess context of ECD project in Delft and develop school readiness testing programme

# 228. Tracking ECD beneficiaries

Tracer study of ECD graduates: how do they cope in primary school (academic & social)?

# 246. Cost-benefit of bridging year

Analysis of costs and benefits of extended degree and bridging year programmes.

# 252. Track Nal’ibali reading process

Track the Nal'ibali programme nationally to assess when, where, how and what reading happens? Theorise what is happening.

# 254. Study link between motivation & reading behaviour

Apply the literature on the cyclical link between motivation, reading behaviour and becoming a successful and habitual reader to the Nal'ibali context.

# 255. Study of social/cultural practice in reading groups

Anthropological study of social/cultural practice in reading groups, or in home settings.

# 256. Leading a Nal'ibali reading group

What is the impact of leading a reading club on adult reading over time? Does it impact on their own reading behaviour? How?

# 257. Educational impact of reading club

Follow a reading group from club to class to assess educational impact of the club on participants.

# 322. Parenting support for resilient families

Evaluate/study a programme that educates parents to be more involved in their children’s lives, ages 3 - 12.

# 334. Bilingual reading material

Study of language use with bilingual reading material, & attitudes towards reading/ writing /engaging in African languages.

# 335. Reading club snapshots

‘Multimodal’ case studies of practice in reading clubs.

# 349. Personal development tool

Assess the impact of a story-based personal development tool used with vulnerable children. Deals with fear, hope, gratitude. A workshop using the process will be conducted for observation.

# 358. Safe school for girls

School safety for girls in primary schools of Khayelitsha – violence prevention strategies – needs and solutions

# 371. Effectiveness of tutoring for learners

Compare effects of for profit tutoring to effects of NPO tutoring programmes. Map significant factors, core skills for tutors.

# 372. Training for Adult education

A qualitative study of training for Adult education facilitators: how is it understood, put into practice, what to change?

# 385. Early biliteracy development

Document & analyse evidence of developing children's early literacy/biliteracy through PRAESA's storyplay curriculum

# 421. Impact of nature camp on (racial) prejudice

Conduct a tracer study to assess if a Wilderness Immersion for a cross-cultural group of youth contributes toward changing previously held prejudices

Category 2: Community Development/Social Development

# 36. Thirty-year history

Write up the 30-year history of a movement focussed on children's rights; either as a whole or an in-depth look at one of its elements, for example child-to-child health centres, well-being, (massage and yoga).

Keywords: History, Resource development, Anthropology, Holistic health, Child health.

# 105. Foster Mother Screening

Review HfH's process for screening & training foster mothers for cluster foster care; compare to alternatives for good practice.

Keywords: Soc Development, Psychology, child care.

# 130. Aging out of care

Preparing a cohort of 40 children to leave care at age 18. Write up current process and recommend improvement.

# 145. Baseline of municipal services

Establish baseline of municipal social services in two Overberg municipalities to enable comparison between them and over time in order to see to what extent they provide adequate services to the influx of people attracted by a big EPWP in the area.

# 157. Evaluate family support work

What role has the Family support programme in improving family life of children in ECD or Child & youth programmes?

# 213. Test for school readiness

Assess context of ECD project in Delft and develop school readiness testing programme

# 216. Upgrading informal settlements 

Document the National Upgrade Support Programme as it works in local townships.

# 243. What is 'success' for school leavers?

How do youth in several Philippi Highschools define “success” - university or alternative? What pathways exist for success?

# 253. Gender dynamics within reading groups

Are girls / boys more present in reading groups: analyse this at different ages, gender of the leader and type of content.

# 255. Study of social/cultural practice in reading groups

Anthropological study of social/cultural practice in reading groups, or in home settings.    

# 262. Mapping informal economies in Rocklands

Laying the groundwork for a complementary currency to be implemented in Mitchells Plain.

# 264. Effects of home gardening on nutrition

Looking at the impact across a year - on dietary diversity, money saved and general overall health.

# 285. What are farmers willing to spend on?

Comparative willingness of farmers to spend on quality of life (accommodation/water) for labourers verses own safety?

# 316. Land owners & restoring forest

Assess the potential of drawing land owners into tree planting as method to restore land / forest landscapes after removal of aliens.

# 322. Parenting support for resilient families

Evaluate/study a programme that educates parents to be more involved in their children’s lives, ages 3 - 12.

# 330. Integrated services for Obs

Develop an integrated plan for crime prevention and social services for Obs. Consider demographics and bigger Cape Town context

# 331. Support to curb crime

Develop a model for the neighbourhood to capacitate the police station in Observatory which does not have resources to cope with crime.

# 335. Reading club snapshots

‘Multimodal’ case studies of practice in reading clubs.

# 340. What prevents social cohesion?

What prevents social cohesion between different income groups in Pelican Park, a Integrated Residential Development? How does crime and perceptions of it feed into this?

Keywords: Social cohesion, Integrated Residential Development, Gangsterism, Crime, Social capital, Active citizenship

# 341. Skills for livelihood

Assess the effectiveness of an enterprise development programme.

# 342. Poverty Stop Light

Internship for social work to implement the Poverty Stop Light tool in the Pelican Park community.  

Keywords: Poverty, livelihood strategies, inequality, community development, capacity-building 

# 348. Community Enterprise models

Study of Community Enterprise models that work for townships, drawing on three emerging community enterprises.

# 355. History of Gugulethu

Research the history of Gugulethu, its prominent citizens and important events – and photos of these. What happens to a place when you put people into it?

# 359. Scaling up an NGO

Develop scenarios for scaling up opportunities for Boxgirls

# 360. Impact assessment

Evaluation of Boxgirls to assess its social impact

# 365. Training tool for foster mums

Develop a training tool for (new) foster mothers. Esp best way to work with troubled children.

# 380. Reality of homelessness

Get accurate figures re homelessness and reasons why people are on the streets – differentiated across districts.

# 381. Services for homeless

Needs assessment: Are the MES services for homeless persons provided in the different areas appropriate to the needs there

# 382. Safe space for the homeless

Internship to support developing a Safe Space for Homeless people in the Northern suburbs.

# 388. Tree planting to restore land

Research tree planting methodologies & and identify most beneficial indigenous plant life to boost restoration of land post alien removal.

# 390. Informal settlement options

Comparative analysis of informal settlement interventions - impacts and outcomes.

# 391. Active citizens

Exploring the notion of active citizenship in driving development in informal settlements

Keywords: Civil/civic participation, informality, agency, entitlements, informal settlements

# 392. Determinants for community development

Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development strategy in a local context.

Keywords: Enablers, development strategy,  indicators, success factors

# 393. Walkable streets

Develop a design to bring life and safety to a street, preventing it from becoming a 'crime alley'.

# 394. Create visual advocacy tools re large developments in Obs

Create visual advocacy tools to reach Observatory residents re the implementation of the City’s densification policy which results in rapidly growing numbers of large developments in the area.  

# 400. Lived experience of homelessness

Use Photovoice to explore issues affecting people living on the street, e.g. drug use, difficulties of finding / staying in a job / other.

# 401. What theory fits a social development model

What is Streetscapes – a social enterprise/ sheltered employment? What existing models found in the literature describe the approach used for supporting people living on the street in the process of getting off the street permanently?

#402. Impact of AVP training in prisons

Evaluate the impact of Altenative to Violence Programme training in Pollsmoor Prisons. Establish Impact on inmates, warders and prisons.  Methods: interviews and participation in AVP workshops

#403. Reintegration of ex-offenders

Literature survey on best practice of reintegration of ex-offenders into society. Approach: Interviews with ex-offender projects and with AVP. Make recommendations on developing an ex-offender project integrated with the AVP community project.

# 404. Is prostitution work?

Is prostitution regarded as 'work' by those selling sex? What are the reasons for their position? To inform advocacy.

# 406. Survivor empowerment

Internship to observe the process used by the Survivor empowerment and support programme aimed at survivors of prostitution.

# 421. Impact of nature camp on (racial) prejudice

Conduct a tracer study to assess if a Wilderness Immersion for a cross-cultural group of youth contributes toward changing previously held prejudices

# 423. Alcohol abuse at age 7

Study into reasons for and possible interventions into alcohol abuse at very young age (7 years) at a school near Crossroads.

# 424. Social work placement

Social work practical at Klipfontein Methodist Primary school, Crossroads - alcohol abuse, poverty.

Category 3: Economics / Commerce

# 246. Cost-benefit of bridging year

Analysis of costs and benefits of extended degree and bridging year programmes.

# 250. Marketing electric vehicles

Develop a marketing programme for Evs on UCT campus and beyond.

# 261. Mapping the green economy

What are the employment and enterprise opportunities that exist in Cape Town that can be harnessed by unemployed township youth - with a focus on the skills base of our Youth Green Economy Program.

# 262. Mapping informal economies in Rocklands

Laying the groundwork for a complementary currency to be implemented in Mitchells Plain.

# 285. What are farmers willing to spend on?

Comparative willingness of farmers to spend on quality of life (accommodation/water) for labourers verses own safety?

# 286. Economics of conserving bio-diversity

What is the cost of conserving bio-diversity of critical areas? For example, setting aside land for conservation and implementing minimum tillage.

# 299. Market a social brand

Feasibility study & marketing campaign for "Streetscapes Dignity sandwich", ethically produced by former street people.

# 327. Resource needs of SRAs

Research urban infrastructure, population demographics and social and economic characteristics of Special Rating Areas to assess the impact of these on the SRA's resources and then determine the appropriate resource requirements for a Special Ratings Area (management, staff, social services, public safety )

# 340. What prevents social cohesion?

What prevents social cohesion between different income groups in Pelican Park, an Integrated Residential Development? How does crime and perceptions of it feed into this?

Keywords: Social cohesion, Integrated Residential Development, Gangsterism, Crime, Social capital, Active citizenship

# 341. Skills for livelihood

Assess the effectiveness of an enterprise development programme.

# 348. Community Enterprise models

Study of Community Enterprise models that work for townships, drawing on three emerging community enterprises.

# 362. Income generation

Support local fundraising strategies as well as local marketing and PR; consider workshops as an income stream.

# 383. Marketability of herbs

Study to support marketing for a social enterprise: urban farming project growing herbs in tunnels.

# 396. Entrepreneurial community newspaper 

Develop a community newspaper as an entrepreneurial venture; start capital is available.

# 410. Cost of care/patient

 What is the cost of attending to a patient at a community health centre vs the cost to NOAH/patient to provide the same service?

Category 4: Orphans/ vulnerable children

# 36. Thirty-year history

Write up the 30-year history of a movement focussed on children's rights; either as a whole or an in-depth look at one of its elements, for example, child-to-child health centres, well-being, (massage and yoga).

# 130. Aging out of care

Preparing a cohort of 40 children to leave care at age 18. Write up current process and recommend improvement.

# 322. Parenting support for resilient families

Evaluate/study a programme that educates parents to be more involved in their children’s lives, ages 3 - 12. 

# 347. Tool for social/emotional skills

Literature review of tools to assess grit and resilience of primary school learners; design a tool for the local context (Philippi). Possible longitudinal tracking through existing database.

# 358. Safe school for girls

School safety for girls in primary schools of Khayelitsha – violence prevention strategies – needs and solutions

# 363. Behaviour change for teen parents

Assess the standardised scales for behaviour change used to assess teen parenting work; evaluate which aspects are most appropriate; design a scale to measure the impact of this work

# 364. Training for behaviour change

Longitudinal study to measure impact & sustainability of training programme for behaviour change of teenage parents.

# 365. Training tool for foster mums

Develop a training tool for (new) foster mothers. Esp best way to work with troubled children.

# 423. Alcohol abuse at age 7

Study into reasons for and possible interventions into alcohol abuse at very young age (7 years) at a school near Crossroads.

# 424. Social work placement

Social work practical at Klipfontein Methodist Primary school, Crossroads - alcohol abuse, poverty.

Category 5: Health / Public health

# 163. Substance abuse rehab

Document and assess an out-patient substance abuse rehabilitation programme

# 264. Effects of home gardening on nutrition

What are the impacts of having a home garden on nutrition. Looking at the impact across a year - on dietary diversity, money saved and general overall health.

# 410. Cost of care/patient

What is the cost of attending to a patient at a community health centre vs the cost to NOAH/patient to provide the same service?

Category 6: Information Systems / IT

# 324. Web development tools

Develop relevant tools for Web Development Course: course material, technological tools

# 333. Digital take up of reading options

Take up of Digital option for reading material shared by reading club; experience and preferences regarding using reading material across platforms

# 337. Develop & test coding curriculum

Develop a module of the Code4CT curriculum and pilot it by teaching to a small group, and refine accordingly.

Category 7: Science & Engineering

# 216. Upgrading informal settlements

Document the National Upgrade Support Programme as it works in local townships.

# 248. Electronics needed for EVs

Improve electronic systems for use of electric vehicles in local conditions. development of the control and management system for the vehicle and the development of the back end system.

# 286. Economics of conserving bio-diversity

What is the cost of conserving bio-diversity of critical areas? For example, setting aside land for conservation and implementing minimum tillage 

# 315. Tree planting as method to restore land

Develop a monitoring system to assess tree planting as method to restore land/forest landscapes after alien clearing. How best to integrate the 2 processes?

# 316. Land owners & restoring forest

Assess the potential of drawing land owners into tree planting as method to restore land / forest landscapes after removal of aliens.

# 353. Broadcast sowing of fynbos

Pilot investigation into extent and impacts of broadcast sowing of marketable fynbos species on biodiversity. Use GIS imagery, ground truthing.

# 354. Vulnerability Index

Extend the original methodology regarding the Vulnerability Index for harvestable fynbos species; add more species.

# 366. Bio-digester

Explore the feasibility of a Bio-digester using wetland reeds and/or sewerage to feed electricity into the grid.

# 367. Document grass species

Photo-documentation of grass species in the Silvermine wetland

# 373. Western leopard toad demographics

What are the current estimated population numbers of wlts in the Western Cape? How long do wlts live for? In a built-up area Vs rural area? Males vs Females?

# 374. Leopard toad migration

Establish Western leopard toad migration and breeding patterns and reasons for variations.

# 387. Create urban forests

Assess most suitable tree species to create urban forests as a source of food, play and urban regeneration.

# 388. Tree planting to restore land

Research tree planting methodologies & and identify most beneficial indigenous plant life to boost restoration of land post alien removal.

Category 8: Other

# 147. Biomass product development

Develop technologies & markets to turn bio-mass from alien clearing programmes into viable products.

# 215. Securing title to homes

Document & support the process of securing title for homeowners in stalled developments in townships.

# 299. Market a social brand

Feasibility study & marketing to launch ethically produced brand with produce from ex-street people

# 302. Work readiness training

Develop a basic training course for ‘work readiness’ for rehabilitated street based people working at Streetscapes social enterprises

# 352. Sustainable harvesting of fynbos

Extend survey of impacts of harvesting on different species guilds in the Agulhas Plain to better understand longer term impacts; eliminate effects of environmental variables; challenge the methodology of cutting vs breaking.

# 355. History of Gugulethu

Research the history of Gugulethu, its prominent citizens and important events – and photos of these. What happens to a place when you put people into it?

# 375. Conflicting spheres of governance

Case study of Public Representatives in Cape Town as elected officials operating between levels, spheres and entities of governance

# 376. Law enforcement across levels of governance

Investigate the relationships between national and local entities involved with upholding the law: Is the legal framework in SA appropriate

# 377. Urban edge: opportunity for crime

Case study: fractured spheres of government make room ‘outside the law’ for crime along urban edges.

# 378. Nature suffers in governance gaps

How best to limit the impact of urbanisation (homelessness, crime) on natural resources in terms of the gaps between the levels of government at City level?

# 390. Informal settlement options

Comparative analysis of informal settlement interventions - impacts and outcomes.

# 391. Active citizens

Exploring the notion of active citizenship in driving development in informal settlements

Keywords: Civil/civic participation, informality, agency, entitlements, informal settlements

# 392. Determinants for community development

Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development strategy in a local context.

Keywords: Enablers, development strategy,  indicators, success factors

# 393. Walkable streets

Develop a design to bring life and safety to a street, preventing it from becoming a 'crime alley'.

# 394. Create visual advocacy tools re large developments in Obs

Create visual advocacy tools to reach Observatory residents re the implementation of the City’s densification policy which results in rapidly growing numbers of large developments in the area.  

# 396. Entrepreneurial community newspaper 

Develop a community newspaper as an entrepreneurial venture; start capital is available.

# 405. Legal framework for selling sex

Which legal framework for sex work is favoured by those selling sex – once they are informed about possible options (decriminalisation, partial or total criminalisation).

 

 

 

 

This table was updated in March 2017. 

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