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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

# 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.

# 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?

# 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?

# 161.1 Evaluate new-Mom support programme

Impact of 8-week support programme for mothers (esp HIV positive ones) on the health of their newborn babies over time

# 213. Test for school readiness

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

# 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.

# 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.

# 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 Boxgirls, a NGO working to prevent gender-based violence, to grow their work and impact.

# 360. Impact assessment

Evaluation of Boxgirls to assess its social impact, e.g. on parental involvement.

# 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.

# 391. Active citizenship

Explore whether the notion of active citizenship contributes to the long-term sustainability of the physical as well as social aspects around a person's home.

Keywords: Civil/civic participation, informality, agency, entitlements, informal settlements, P4 approach.

# 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?

# 404. Is prostitution work?

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

# 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.

# 430. Getting youth into employment

Comparative study of a volunteering / self-development programme to empower youth for finding jobs with other models.

# 431. Impact of youth employment programme

Develop a framework/tools for M&E to assess the impact of a programme using volunteering to prepare youth for jobs

Category 3: Economics / Commerce

# 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.

# 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 )

# 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.

# 430. Getting youth into employment

 Comparative study of a volunteering / self-development programme to empower youth for finding jobs with other models.

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.

161.1Evaluate new-Mom support programme

Impact of 8-week support programme for mothers (esp HIV positive ones) on the health of their new-born babies over time

# 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. 

# 358. Safe school for girls

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

# 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.

Category 6: Information Systems / IT

# 324. Web development tools

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

IT training & support

Provide IT literacy training and support, website / social media development at non-profits.

Category 7: Science & Engineering

# 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.

# 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.

# 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.

# 391. Active citizenship

Explore whether the notion of active citizenship contributes to the long-term sustainability of the physical as well as social aspects around a person's home.

Keywords: Civil/civic participation, informality, agency, entitlements, informal settlements, P4 approach.

# 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.  

 

 

 

 

This table was updated in October 2017. 

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