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So far 516 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 160 have already been Completed.

Listed below are projects that are currently underway.


Project Name
Project Description 

 

#38. Participatory evaluation

 

 

Participatory evaluation of CRC to assess its impact
Submitted by: Children's Resource Centre
UCT partners: Public Law - Prof Hugh Corder & Jessica Burn 

 

94.1 Reasons for dropping out of school

 

 

Understand the ultimate reasons for Philippi children not completing school.
Submitted by: Amandla Development
UCT Partner: Social Development - Dr Khosi (Alvina) Kubeka and Lovemore Vushe
#116. Early Literacy Development

 

Impact of literacy and language development in Grade R classrooms
Submitted by: Wordworks
UCT partners: Division of Communication - Sciences & Disorders – A/Professor Harsha Kathard, Maaliyah Orrie & Prianka Parus
#162. NGO networking model

 

Assess impact on community wellness as NGOs network with each other & Government departments; identify strategies for networking.
Submitted by: Living Hope
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Khosi Kubeka & Kathleen Richards
#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  

 

#184.1. Khayelitsha Website Development 

 

 

Develop a website framework for showcasing Khayelitsha; collect data, and train youth to do updates.

Submitted by: WHIZZ ICT 
 UCT partners: Information Systems - Gwamaka Mwalemba, teams IT4U and Nyano

 

#192. IT training 

 

 

IT training of visually disabled beneficiaries using zoom text software.

Submitted by: WC Albinism & Hypo-pigment Foundation
 UCT partners: Information Systems - T Mpofu & G Wamae
#265. Social benefits of gardening

 

Research the impact that (food) gardening has on the mental well-being of people and the contribution it makes towards Social Cohesion. 
Submitted by: SEED
UCT partners: Environmental & Geographical Sciences – Dr Shari Daya and Lanielle Hartzenberg

 

#266.2. Computer Training for staff members

 

 

Basic computer literacy skills for staff members - MS suite and internet.

Submitted by: Yabonga
 UCT partners: Information Systems -  I Solomon, D Achilles, K Katsidira, N Vilakazi, R Moyanga.

 

#269.4. Computer Literacy Training

 

 

Basic computer literacy skills - MS suite and internet for Matric Learners

Submitted by: Schools Improvement Initiative
UCT partners: Information Systems - S Simelane, I Mjada, M Ntuli, S Tolom.

 

#281.3. Website updating

 

 

Assist with website updates, uploading of information and Excel functionality.

Submitted by: UCT Knowledge Co-op
UCT partners: Information Systems - Dillon Woodman

 

#336.3. Tutor & support coding programme

 

 

Tutor at coding classes on Saturdays, and assist with coding-related projects

 Submitted by: Code4CT / Codespace
 UCT partners: Information Systems - K Premlall, W Mazvidza, K Pennington, L Lukusa, A Mayet

 

#364 Training for behaviour change

 

 

Randomised control longitudinal study to measure impact of training programme & sustainability of behaviour change of teenage parents.
Submitted by: The Parent Centre
UCT partners: Organisational Psychology- Dr Chao Mulenga and Sandra Kokera
#371. Effectiveness of tutoring for learners

 

Evaluate the effectiveness and/or impact of a non-profit tutoring programme for high school learners in Phillipi, considering significant factors.
Submitted by: SAEP
UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Dr Chao Mulenga, Erwin Miyoba
#376. Law enforcement across levels of governance

 

Investigate the relationships between entities involved with upholding the law: building community resilience to crime; community perceptions on what works for effective lobbying for safety; legal frameworks required for that.
Submitted by: Councillor, Ward 64
UCT partners: Safety and Violence Initiative/Criminology - Mr Guy Lamb, Oliver Ndou
# 381. Services for homeless

 

Needs assessment: Are the services MES provides for homeless persons in the different areas in the Northern suburbs appropriate to the needs of the target population.

Submitted by: MES

UCT partners: Social Development Dr Khosi Kubeka & Mapendo Jolie Mauridi
#392. Determinants for community development

 

Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development strategy in a local context
Submitted by: Habitat for Humanity
UCT partners: Mechanical Engineering- Dr Corinne Shaw, John Onyeagoziri
#404. Is prostitution work?

 

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

Submitted by: Embrace Dignity

 UCT partners: Sociology- Ms Bianca Tame & Colleen Gwazani

#408.2. Spreadsheet formulation

 

One-on-one Excel skills training for staff.

Submitted by: NOAH

 UCT partners: Information Systems - Sasha Chiketsani

#431. M&E 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.

 Submitted by: Action Volunteers for Africa

 UCT Partners: Organisational Psychology - A/Prof Sarah Chapman & Thomas Guattari-Stafford

 

 

#432. Employment programme benefits

 

 

Evaluate the benefits of an employability programme from the view of the homeless beneficiaries. What works and what not?
Submitted by: Khulisa
UCT Partners: Sociology – Bianca Tame and Chadley Bissolati

 

#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, Dahlia Patsika

 

#438.1 Internship on public participation

 

 

Research to support Community-driven policy initiatives for participation at local government level:  map out good practice for participation
Submitted by: Development Action Group
UCT Partners: Social Development – Dr Chance Chagunda and Dahlia Patsika

 

#443. Impact of school fynbos gardens on learner environmental attitudes

 

 

A study to understand the impact of school fynbos gardens on learners’ perceptions of nature and the environment.
Submitted by: GreenPop
UCT Partners: Organisational Psychology - A/Prof. Sarah Chapman and Nicole Burgmer
#453. Domestic violence intervention services

 

Explore women’s perceived reasons for using domestic violence intervention services and their views about these services among women using MOSAIC services in Cape Town.

Submitted by: MOSAIC

UCT partners: Social Development- Ms Fatima Williams, Sarah Birungi

#457. Benefits of Montessori pre-schooling

 

Assess the value of attending a Montessori pre-school, with Grade R based on the CAPS curriculum, for disadvantaged children in the Cape Flats. Identify possible factors for any benefits.

Submitted by: Phillipi Children's Centre

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Ms Adiilah Boodhoo, Amosse Ubisse

#458. Substance abuse and young people

 

Quantitative study of the prevalence of substance abuse (alcohol, dagga, tik) among children and young people (aged 8 - 18)in Ocean View Assess the need for teenage rehab.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Ms Sophia Allie, Micaela Tedder, Jadene du Preez, Fiona Gie, Jessica Clark, Jessica Holmes, Caitlin Stott, Thaakirah Ismail, Imrah Isaacs, Ashleigh Fagan, Stacey Jacobs, Brittany Watkins-Baker.

 

#474. Changes in fynbos harvesting

 

 

Analyse how species utilization has changed for the harvesting of wild fynbos products between 2006 and 2015; use packshed invoice records.

Submitted by: Flower Valley Conservation Trust

UCT partners: Economics – Prof Beatrice Conradie, Matthew Fainman

 

#482 Impact of programme for climate resilience

 

 

Assess the impact of the SEEDing Futures programme in homes and neighbourhoods where it has been introduced. Monitor interventions; conduct M&E against baseline.
Submitted by: SEED
UCT Partner: Sociology: Natasha Vally and Haji Abdulla

 

#484. Mental health of cancer survivors 

 

 

Assessment of mental health outcomes of cancer survivors staying at CANSA care homes.

Submitted by: CANSA
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Chance Chagunda, Danielle Mutseriwa

 

#509 Small Business Support

 

 

Identify the barriers to developing a small business in the informal township economy (Langa). What size of business is viable - and what profitability can be achieved?
Submitted by: Just Grace
UCT Partner: Economics – A/Prof Andrew Kerr and Sihle Msweli

 

#517 Historical map of Observatory

 

 

Design a historical map of Observatory, based on info collected from partners.
Submitted by: OBSID
UCT Partners: Architecture – Dr Tom Sanya and G Satchwell,  A Thomas, N Jackman, S Sandleni, C Jacobs, A Hendricks, I Van Der Schyff, Z Mahomed

This table was updated in June 2019.