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Current Projects


So far 656 project ideas have been submitted to the UCT Knowledge Co-op, since its start late in 2010.

A number of them have been matched to students or academics of which some are currently underway and 200 have already been Completed.

Listed below are projects that are currently underway.

Project Name

Project Description

#161,1. Evaluate "First 1000 Days" programme

Assess the First 1000 days programme run by Living Hope” – measure the impact of the programme via health outcomes of the babies of participating mothers.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology – Dr Adiilah Boodhoo, Merlary Chidavaenzi

#163. Substance abuse rehab


Document and assess an out-patient substance abuse rehabilitation programme. Describe the approach and programme followed and assess the impact of the programme on its beneficiaries and the community.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Public Health – A/Prof Chris Colvin, Portia Klaas  

#188.1 Impact of dog handling as an intervention

Assess the impact of involvement in a dog-handling & life skills programme on children (12 -17). Consider impact on behaviour, educational outcomes, communication abilities, social and emotional development.

Submitted by: Underdog project

UCT partners: Psychology – A/Prof Susan Malcom-Smith, Chelsea Adams and Shinay Ramesh

#375 Conflicting spheres of governance



Case study of public representatives and non-government actors in Cape Town addressing the challenge of homelessness, operating between levels, spheres and entities of governance.

Submitted by: CoCT Ward64

UCT partners: Architecture, Planning & Geomatics - Dr Warren Smit, Dr Anna Selmeczi and Danica Cousins

# 381. Services for homeless


Needs assessment: Are the skills training and education services provided to homeless persons in the different areas of Cape Town appropriate to promote their social inclusion?

Submitted by: MES

UCT partners: Social Development – Dr Khosi Kubeka & Mapendo Jolie Mauridi

#438. Policy for participation


Research to support Community-driven policy initiatives for participation at local government level:  map out how participation is structured in different sectors; identify cases of bad and good practice. Desktop review & interviews.

Submitted by: Citizen Action for Public Participation

UCT partners: Social Development – Dr Chance Chagunda, Dr Thulane Gxubane and Dahlia Patsika

#470. Support for home-based ECD pre-schooling

Document the work and success of a programme supporting non-working parents in Delft to teach their pre-school children at home.

Submitted by: Sakha Isizwe

UCT partners: Social Development – Ms Lauren-Jayne van Niekerk, Benita Mukoni

#479. Climate change adaptations 

Compile case studies of successful introduction of permaculture / climate change adaptations in low-income communities. Detail elements which are / are not applicable to the context in Mitchells Plain.

Submitted by: SEED

UCT partners: Environmental & Geographical Science - Dr Olivier Crespo, Dr Marieke Norton and Bulelani Maskiti

#484. Mental health of cancer survivors 



Assessment of mental health outcomes of cancer survivors staying at CANSA 

Submitted by: CANSA

UCT partners: Social Development - Ms Fatima Williams, Danielle Mutseriwa

#499. Use of child care grant

Investigate the ways in which child support grants are actually used. Identify approaches to ensure children do benefit from them.

Submitted by:  New Heritage Foundation

UCT partners: Social Development – Dr Chance Chagunda, Mihlali Manikivana
# 500. Assess referral system pathways at TCC

Assess referral system pathways for GBV survivors assisted at a Thuthuzela care centre: do clients reach partner organisations they are referred to? Or alternate services (shelter / ARV / SAPS)?

Submitted by: MOSAIC

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology - Prof. Ferdinand Mukumbang, Jade Symonds.

# 501 Stories of surviving IPV

Document stories of empowerment for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence when they access IPV services.

Submitted by: MOSAIC

UCT partners: English Language & Literature - Prof Imraan Coovadia & Kumbirayishe Chitenderu

#523. A process evaluation of Laureus

Conduct a process evaluation on Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, that funds and supports 11 Cape Town based community projects using sport as a tool for social change.

Submitted by: Laureus Foundation

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology – Dr Adiilah Boodhoo, Utete Chikwara
# 524. Assess services for the aged

Qualitative study to assess the benefit of services (housing/health/ social enterprise) provided to pensioners.

Submitted by: NOAH

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology – A/Prof Suki Goodman and Judy Gatei
#539,1. Literacy training

Evaluate the “FUNda Leader Network” of literacy activists, bringing stories and books to children, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their network and activities.

Submitted by: Nal’ibali

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology - Dr Carren Duffy and Stella Sithole
#545. Assess model to strengthen NPOs

A (formative) evaluation of the Funder Plus Grant Making model, which offers broad support to non-profits it funds; further develop the Theory of Change

Submitted by: Laureus Foundation

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology – A/Prof Sarah Chapman, Gopolang Makou

# 548 & #548.1

Assess youth services



Evaluate the effectiveness of any programme of a non-profit offering comprehensive holistic youth development in Langa.

Submitted by: Just Grace

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology – A/Prof Sarah Chapman and Sibahle Majola; Dr Adiilah Boodhoo and Geraldine Kwenda

#569. Impact of unemployed movement

Assess the impact of membership & volunteering in a movement for the unemployed on its members’ social and psychological well-being, their economic situation.

Submitted by: Organising for Work

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology – Dr Adiilah Boodhoo, Dr Moeketsi Hlalele
# 574. Priorities in job creation 

What are government priorities for creating employment? How much focus on creating work in high unemployment areas?

Submitted by: Organising for Work

UCT partner: Social Development – Dr Chance Chagunda, Carol Dithologo
#608. Integration of people living on the street

Assess how Streetscape services for the chronically homeless enhance their empowerment and agency, particularly through the addiction and housing programme.

Submitted by: Khulisa Social Solutions

UCT partner: Sociology Department – Ms Bianca Tame and Dr Jacques De Wet; Chadley Bissolati
#611 Visitor trends at shark centre

Study into reasons for low visitor numbers from under-resourced communities to the Shark Education Centre.

Submitted by: Shark education centre – SOS

UCT partner: Social Anthropology – Ms Nikiwe Solomon, Melissa Bernardo

# 612. Long term impact of job readiness programme

Assess the 5-year impact of AVAs programme on graduates’ career. How long do those who find employment stay in a job? How many hop from one programme/intership to the next?

Submitted by: Action Volunteers Africa

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology - Dr Carren Duffy, Pamela Pophiwa
#631. IPV survivors' experience of telephonic counselling

Document the experiences of clients of a new telephonic counselling service for GBV survivors established as a result of COVID-19.

Submitted by: MOSAIC

UCT partner: Psychology – Professor Floretta Bonzaier, Ms Skye Chirape, Lara Jager and Erin Hines

#633.  Changing boys’ gender perceptions through sport

Study the impact of participation in a co-ed sport-based life skills programme on boys’ gendered perception of girls.

Submitted by: SOHK

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology – Dr Carren Duffy, Amaal Salie

#652. Nutrition for the elderly

Assist an agency supporting state pensioners to develop their annual menu with an emphasis on including plant based food.

Submitted by: NOAH

UCT partner:  Physiological Sciences – Professor Marjanne Senekal, Sonia Malczyk

#657. Assessment of a GAP year programme

Asses the content of the GAP year programme for young people who are out of school preparing them for going to university or college. Post-matric up to age 23.

Submitted by: Yabonga

UCT partner: Organisational Psychology – Dr Adiilah Boodhoo, Brilliant Bhebhe and Brent Adams

This table was updated in July 2021.