School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Student Projects and Research

Master of Public Administration

Our M.P.A. program emphasizes a blend of both theoretical and applied, practical learning experiences. Students consistently tell us that their final, culminating course is one of the most enriching and rewarding learning experiences in the program.

M.P.A. students, along with their faculty mentors, collaborate with a wide variety of nonprofit and private sector organizations, and governments to analyze and propose potential solutions for significant challenges in our region and beyond.

Our M.P.A. students have served their communities and various organizations by addressing topics such as employment and job training; all levels of educational opportunities; business and economic development; urban living; housing and neighborhood development; reaching and serving at-risk populations—including homeless, low income, and mentally ill citizens; building code enforcement and abandoned properties; justice and law enforcement; public works; economic and business development; transportation; marketing and communications; best practices and process improvement; citizen engagement; and more.

Review a prior list of student projects to see how your organization or government can collaborate with our M.P.A. students and faculty.

Author(s) Title Year
Ronnie Moreland
City of Dayton Municipal Parks Use/Non-Use Study: Using Visitor Input to Shape Future Parks Operations
2019
Gabriella Clements, Jamie Rouff
Identifying Barriers to Disposing of Septage Waste in the Miami Valley Region
2019
Rahim Akrami, Susan Cotten, Garrett Wimberly
Assessing Diversity Training Needs of Greater Dayton Area Schools: How Accreditation Can Help the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Expand Its Outreach
2019
Jinyu Bai, Jamie Honsted, Keisha Mitchell
HER Story: The Role of Pre-Treatment for Homeless Addicted Women in the Opioid Rehabilitation Process
2019
Nautica Crawford, Eemonne'y Stewart
2019 Inclusionary Housing Action Plan for Beavercreek Township
2019
Ellen Courlas, Skip Rinehart
Creating an Equitable Compensation Model for Non-Union Employees. Beavercreek
2019
Sarah Sinclair-Amend
When is Small Government too Small? Fiscally Conservative Performance Metrics for the City of Beavercreek, Ohio
2019
Dan Bolton, Amber Holloway
Moving Brookville Forward
2019
Meg Miller, Chelsie Spoor
Evidence-Driven Program Development and Evaluation for Micro-Enterprises Serving Low-Income Populations
2019
Greg Schmid, Shannon Webster
Alternative Funding Sources for Greene CATS Public Transit
2019
April L. Haley, Mary E. Tyler
Afterschool Programs in Dayton: Positive Outcomes for African American Males?
2019
Cody Smith
Improving Health by Increasing Parks Utilization and Reducing Public Perception of Crime
2018
Michael Brill, Nathaniel S. Peterson
Bringing the Baby Boomer Generation to the Washington Township Enrichment Center
2018
Tharaa Sawaf
The Wheel of Progress in the Guardianship Law in Saudi Arabia
2018
Tristina Allen, Paulette Burks
Brunner Literacy Project
2018
Dia Udahemuka
Incorporating Immigrant Students in Dayton - Learning from a Best Practices Study
2018
Athanase Muntu
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE): A Strategy for Effective Instruction of English to Refugee Students from the Great Lakes Region of Africa (GLRA)
2018
Cade Lowing, Adam Nickell, Megan Sullivan
Greene County, Ohio, Building Inspectors: Building a Safer Tomorrow
2018
Ryan A. Rushing, Logan Francis
Building for the Future: Greene County's Building Permit Fee Schedule, 2018
2018
Sarah Andreas, Asia Fuqua
The Hidden Barriers that Prevent Low-Income Individuals from Participating in Job Training Programs: Local Expert Insight and Best Practices
2018
Lisa Monaghan, Sandra Logan Wild
Beavercreek Township Zoning Resolution Modernization
2018
Rachel Gonzalez, Nicole Rhodes, Kathleen Simon
North Dixie Corridor; A New Front Door for Harrison Township
2018
Vicky Fanberg, Devonn Wood
The City of Eaton: Path to Revitalization
2018
Collin M. Harris, William Matthew Peters
Route 35 Highway Overlay Study: Beavercreek Township
2018
Jana Hughes Gomon, Katya Lindsey
Inclusive and Accessible Public Transportation: A Report for Livable Blue Ash for All
2018
Karen Jackson, Sabre Price
Access to Success: Growing You and Your Business, the ABCs of Business: Access.Barriers. Capital.
2017
Amy McKinney
Zoning for Agritourism and Medical Marijuana in Beavercreek Township
2017
Preston Eberlyn, Elisse Rivet
Improving Collaboration to Reduce Infant Mortality in Montgomery County
2017
Ella M. Jergens, Cherish A. Isaacs, Moses T. Kamanzi
A Neighborhood Enhancement Program for the City of Miamisburg
2017
Dennis Aslinger, Josselyn Burris
Property Maintenance Options and Solutions
2017
Jeff Littlejohn
Safe Physical Activity Study: Tracking crime in Dayton area parks
2017
Megan Holly, Max McConnell, Matthew Parker
Incubating the Greene County Economy
2017
Kseniya Maksachova
Rapid Rehousing in Montgomery County
2017
Larry Cartwright, Stephen Sheets
City of Moraine Fleet Management Software Assessment
2017
Najma Hagi Ali
Protecting Wetlands in Beavercreek Township through Overlay Districts and Zoning
2017
Danielle Booth, Michelle Fullard
Connecting the Bike and Walking Paths of Moraine, Ohio
2017
Jacqueline Gill, Jessie Spencer
Identifying the Causes of Shelter Re-entry in Montgomery County
2017
Whitney L. Jackson
Rapid Rehousing Effectiveness and Efficiency in Montgomery County
2017
Gavriella Schock, Maria Sullivan
The Adoption Option: Examining Open Adoption and Adopter Characteristics for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton
2017
Anita Schmaltz, Ummey Tabassum, Randy Wilson
Breaking Multigrain Bread Together: Gem City Market
2017
Karla Knox, Patrick Gray
Quantifying the Benefits of Mediation
2017
Steven Kniffley
A Program Evaluation for the Dayton Mediation Center Community/Police Relationship Building Program
2017
Benjamin Banning, Samantha Childers
With God's Grace Mobile Food Pantry: A Look at Smart Practices
2017
Caroline Mullin, Emily Stamas
Bring on the Boomers: A Program Assessment for the Greene County Council on Aging
2016
Kenton Beachy, John Donnelly
Addressing Employee Turnover through Workplace Psychological Wellbeing: A Report for an Ohio Community Mental Health Center
2016
Philip Ferrari, Olivia Morris, Courtney Schneider
Revitalizing the Urban Forest in Dayton's Twin Towers Neighborhood
2016
Erin Morley, Courtney Ross
Addressing Grocery Store Closures in Kettering, Ohio
2016
Ethan Harris, Eric Henry, Tom Thompson
Moving Families of Addicts Forward: A Strategic Plan for a Community Nonprofit
2016
Christina Hull
Prioritizing the Removal of Low Dams in the Miami Valley Region
2016
Angela Dugger, Erica Meyer, Valerie Walton
Empowering Community Networks to Help Career Women at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: A Report for Women in Business Networking (WiBN)
2016
Rebecca Cantrell
Small-city Downtown Revitalization: A Main Street Survival Guide
2016
Ebrahim Aloriny
What are the Causes and Cures of Corruption in the Middle East and North Africa?
2016
Noof Alshahrany, Julius Beckham, Brock Taylor
A Look Across the Street: A Comparative View of Sign and Fence Ordinances in Fairborn, Ohio
2016
Micheal Adams, Alexander Ewers
Fairborn and Its Neighbors: A Comparative Analysis of Building Permit Fees in Local Communities
2016
Jeff Green, Tim Glisson, Tayler Stanton
Pop-Up Downtown: Enhancing Development in Fairborn's Central Business District
2016
Oluwatosin Osunbunmi, Mohamed Gula, Nader Elahmr
Façade Improvement Programs: A Report to Centerville, Ohio
2016
Rob Bennett, Lizz Kelly
Bringing Food Where Hunger Lives
2015
Jeffrey Beard, Stephen Powers, Jason Shope
Body-Worn Cameras and the Police: Balancing Justice, Transparency and the Protection of Privacy
2015
Don Emerson, Steve Jahns, Hani Termanini, Dave Whalen
Environmental Responsibility in Small Nonprofits: Exploring the Current State of Environmentally Friendly Practices in Ohio's Miami Valley
2015
Pamela Gilbert, Randy Gilbert
Risky Business: A Risk Management and Safety Plan for Preble County, Ohio
2015
Lisa Brown, Francis Chibundi
Stay or Go? Retaining International Students Graduating from Universities Located in the Miami Valley
2015
Kelsi Martinez, Melinda Moore, William Taylor
Filling the Void of Programming for Seniors in East Dayton
2015
Tiffani McLaurin, Brittany Miller
How Do We Get There? Increasing Volunteer Diversity and African American Involvement in the Aullwood Audobon Center and Farm
2015
Elyse Giardullo, Melissa McCarthy, Chelsea Moody
House of Bread Weekend Café
2015
Catherine Evans, Christopher Vecchi
Rural Charm, Residential Appeal: Maintaining the Distinctive Character of Wayne Township, Ohio
2015
Andrew Macy, Melissa Walker
City of Moraine Parks and Recreation Department Needs Assessment
2015
Brett Chmiel, David Cook
Code Enforcement and Performance Measures for Dayton's Division of Housing Inspection
2015
Louis Agresta, David Burns
A Corporate Sponsorship Strategy for Centerville, Ohio
2014
Whitney Sorg
A Desire to Communicate: Two-way Communication with Businesses in Centerville, Ohio
2014
Leonard II Cousin, Sharon Pratt
Dressing Room Dynamics: Determining Shopper Demographics and Best Practice Research of Resale Retailers
2014
Juleda Hyde, Matt Russo
LIHTC Housing and Its Effects on Surrounding Neighborhoods in Dayton, Ohio
2014
Tony Ciambrone, Carolyn Teter
Optimization of Student Quality through Financial Aid Allocation at OSU's Fisher College of Business
2014
Nia Bass, Jenni Dant
Rebuilding Police-Community Engagement in Southwest Dayton
2014
Mitchell Bailey, Adam Murka
Sword and Shield: Building a Phased Enterprise Risk Management Framework at Sinclair Community College
2014
Janel Howery-Ranley, Patricia Snell, Jose Bolton
Immigrant Housing Strategy for the City of Dayton
2013
Brittany Daniel, Arnita Gunn
Reclaiming the Corridor: Commercial Revitalization on Xenia Avenue (East Dayton)
2013
Julia Rapoch, Sarah Wiseman
Empowering Tenants in Twin Towers (Dayton) through Education and Engagement
2013
Barbara Asberry, Valerie Fasimpaur
Enterprise Software Implementation: A Catalyst for Business Process Improvement in the Kettering Planning and Development Department
2013
Lee Lauren Alder, Joshua Miller
Building Value through Building Codes
2013
Jeff Beard
How New Carlisle Measures Up in Three Areas: Salaries, a Program for Sidewalk Repairs, and Zoning Fees
2013
Pat Turnbull
The Co-location of Public and Private Economic Development Entities in Montgomery County, Ohio
2013
Ambreen Hasan, Langdon Sanders
Three Times a Week: Mapping the Transportation of Dialysis Patients in Dayton, Ohio
2013
Katie Feldhues
Accommodating Generational Differences in Volunteer Management Practices for Habitat MidOhio
2013
Jackie Anderson, Madeline Gresham
WAYS (Working Artists in Yellow Springs): A Preliminary Feasibility Study for Artist Live-work Development in the Village of Yellow Springs
2013
David Fleck, Dennis Propes
Out of the Silent Village: Developing a Communications Strategy for a Small Ohio Municipality
2013
Matt Cox, Gen Murphy, Drew Wagner
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program: A Guide for Providing Community Development
2013
Kitt Lurie
MCO Future - Pathways to Prosperity for Montgomery County
2012
Randall Bridge, Joseph Lyden, Rebecca Taylor
Crime Mapping in Lebanon: An Interactive Solution for Building Safer Communities
2012
Whitney Dawson, Sarah Haas, Michelle Novak
To Contract or Not to Contract: Decision-Making for Police Service Provision in Jefferson Township, Montgomery County, Ohio
2012
Nathan Johnson, Kyle Kridler
Assessment of the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC)
2012
Arnita Gunn
Sustainable Community Partnerships: Coalition Building between Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations
2012
Nickole Bush
Giving a Voice to the Community: A Social Service Agency Identifies Issues of a Concern to Low-Income Individuals
2012
Brad Roediger
Performance Measurement for a College Access Program
2012
Ashley Fisher, Ashley Link
Expanding Horizons: Developing a Global Competency Component for a Youth Extended Day Program
2012
Amanda Turner, Natosha Allen
Replication of the Taking off to Success (TOTS) Program
2012
Darin Tucker, Kevin Tucker
Marketing and Public Relations Plan Development for PLACES, Inc.
2012
Andrea Frederick, Julie Ann Hoffman
The One-Stop Project at Wright State University: Integration of Service Through Process Improvement
2012
Veer Raghava Kumar Murthy, Jennifer Light
Connecting PLACES: A Smart Way of Using Data and Communications for PLACES, Inc.
2012
Elizabeth "Casey" Sparks, Charles Crosby, Eric Mack
Dayton Public High Schools Nutrition Programs: An Evaluation of Breakfast and Lunch Program Participation Rates
2012
Paula Cosby, Teresa Thomas
The SNAP/Food Assistance Program for Persons Age 65 and Older: Montgomery County, Ohio
2012
Christopher Martin, Jacquelyn Schroeder
Interlocal Partnerships: Report on the Feasibility of the Creation of a Joint Economic Development District with the City of Centerville, Ohio
2012
Zolzaya Sanjmyatav, Joseph Dewberry
The Characteristics of Double-Ups: Identifying Households that are at Risk of Homelessness in Montgomery County, Ohio
2012
Ena Lim, Aiyana Marcus
A Study of Homeless Young Adults in Montgomery County: Who are They and What are Their Pathways out of Homelessness?
2012
Lakia Gray, Will Haas
Stabilizing Dayton's Twin Towers Neighborhood: A Neighborhood Housing Analysis
2011
Joe Cetone, Brian Wierzba
Deconstruction, Pt. III: Marketing Reclaimed Building Materials (RBM) in Order to Support a Self-Sustaining Retail Operation in Dayton, Ohio
2011
Anna Magnusson, Lauren Hanson
A Study of Infrastructure Factors that Impact Alumni Engagement: Creating Connections at a Young Public University
2011
Daniel Suerdieck
A Need-Based Sanitary Sewer Analysis of Miami County, Ohio
2011
Jana Wormuth, Kelly Snyder
Identifying Predictive Risk Factors Associated with Homelessness in Montgomery County, Ohio
2011
Andrew Luttrell, John Parker
2011 Program Needs Assessment: Addressing the Needs and Gaps in Recreation Services in Dayton
2011
John Hopwood, Anh-Thus Nguyen
The City of Fairborn's Business Retention and Expansion Report 2011
2011
Natosha Allen, Shantenelli Bland
Fairborn Citizen Satisfaction Survey: Identifying What Newer Residents Want
2011
Ronald Burton, Matthew Parks, Kara Waldron
Montgomery County Foreclosure Mediation Program: What it Takes to Win the Home Game - A Survey of Smart Practices and Leading Innovations
2011
Brian Fowls, Jim Odenweller
Grassroots: Citizen Satisfaction, Taxes, and the City of Franklin
2011
Michelle Eviston, Marcia Johnson
Surveying Patients for a Federall Qualified Health Center Look-Alike Application: Needs Analysis - Identifying Demographics and Unmet Needs
2011
Elizabeth Wagner
Champaign County Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
2011
Erin Hartsock, Allan Lanton
Homefull: Creating a Sustainable Business Model for Urban Agriculture
2011
Kyle Corbin
Helping We Care Arts (a Non-Profit) to Become Financially Sustainable: the DP&L Sponsored First Light Project
2011
Tricia Diaz
Creating a Sustainable Funding Base for Athletes in Action
2011
Jason Finke, Chatoya Hayes
Housing Code Enforcement: Improving Efficiency
2011
Diana Hopkins, Elizabeth Riley
Creating the Case: Is there a Need for a Special Improvement District in Downtown Urbana, Ohio?
2010
Lindsey Solganik, Melissa Vanzant
The Computer Transition of the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center Transportation Program
2010
Ken Collier, Kristi Patzman
Finding Better Ways to Provide Transportation for Seniors
2010
Julie Bowling, Xi Chen
Alternative Fuel Research Proposal for Greene Cats
2010
Emily Buckingham, Andrew Aidt
The Beneftis, Challenges, and Threats of Social Media: A Local Government's Guide to Development a Social Media Usage Policy
2010
Ashley Sodders, Jennifer Malone, David Kell
Revitalizing Wright View: Planning, Public Participation and Recommendations
2010
Nicole Jones, Dionne Simmons
The Westwood School Strategy to Improve the Outside and Inside Connection: Using the Neighborhood School Movement Model
2010
Kaitlyn Baker, Andrew Sokolnicki
Vacant to Vibrant: A Citizen's Guide to Reclaiming Vacant Property
2010
Bruce Hawkey, Erin Hughes
Downtown Marketing Analysis: Urbana, Ohio
2010
Elizabeth Baxter, Crystal McCottry
Parishioners to People: Cooperation of Church and State
2010
Annie O'Neill, John Owen
Creating a Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Center: Essential Practices for the Dayton Region
2010
Jae Michalak, Jordan Stephens
Urban Agriculture: A Catalyst for Job Creation in Dayton, Ohio
2010
Krista Dorsten, Missy Walters
City of Centerville East Franklin Business District (EFBD): Reinvestment and Redevelopment Initiatives
2010
Tonya Folks, Drew Miller
East Franklin Business District Initiative: From Concrete to Contemporary - Transforming an Aging Suburban Business District into a Vibrant Community
2010
William Rief, Michael Newsom
2010 Ohio SBDC Staff Satisfaction Survey
2010
Laura Seaman, Lindsey Smith
Dayton Works Plus: Utilizing Deconstruction to Create Green Collar Jobs, a Reuse Store, and Sustainable Initiatives in Dayton, Ohio
2009
Heather Gudorf, Eileen Moran
Dayton Neighborhood Indicators Project
2009
Gregory Baumle, Ashlee O'Neal, Nannette Whaley
A Study of Employee Residency Requirement Elimination: Associated Effects on the City of Dayton, Ohio
2009
Noel Burke, Tom Vanderhorst
Strategies for Managing Personnel Costs in Ohio Cities: A Study on Strategically Managing and Controlling Rising Health Care Costs
2009
Corey Carter, Kimberly Kollig
Dayton - A Place to Call Home: Can the Promise of Educational Scholarships Stabilize the Five Oaks Neighborhood?
2009
Celeste Hoegler, Joy Ndiangui
Best Practices for Developing Kindergarten Readiness: Teaching Parents to be their Childen's First Teacher
2009
Trent Corbin, Robert Love
Identifying Best Practice Techniques in Police Departments
2009
Alyson Moritz, Katie Smiddy, Betty Somers, James Zimmerlin
A Consultative Study of the Records and Information Management Procedures of the Butler County Department of Environmental Services (BCDES)
2008
Shamera Totty, Michelle Vanhuss
Recommendations for the Recruitment and Enrollment of Non-English Speaking and Immigrant Families for the Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. Head Start Program
2008
Dayvenia Chesney, Daniel Gerhard
A New Vision for Family Support Services within Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.
2008
Judy Richard
Customer Flow for Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services (MCDJFS)
2008
Megan Garison, Lisa Hostetler
Chronic Family Homelessness in Montgomery County: Identifying Those at Risk
2008
Anthony Rodger, Adam Moeller
Factors for Institutionalizing and Evaluating Community Engagement Strategies through University-Community Partnerships
2008
Jude Osudoh
Performance Measurement in Municipal Public Works: A Comparative Analysis of the City of Trotwood with Slected ICMA Cities
2008
Shanel Fultz, Janna Kovaliova, Jim Neidhard
e-WT: e-Government for Washington Township, Ohio
2008
Allison Miles
An Assessment into the Effectiveness of the Heat Watch Warning System in Dayton, Ohio at Reaching the City's Most Vulnerable Populations
2008
Andrew Rodney, Mason Weed, Emily Wolf
Recognizing the Risk Factors for Family Homelessness in Montgomery County, Ohio
2008
Megan Feasel, Claire Nerl, Bart Schidecker
Exploring Wellness and Defining a Wellness Program
2008
Jeffrey Moorman
Transportation Financing in the Miami Valley Region
2007
Rob Anderson, Mary Jo Csizma, Michael Gebhart, Cheryl Reeves
Collaborative Development: The Case of the City of Vandalia and Butler Township
2007
Andrea Harmon, Leslie Higgins, Karen Vanzant
Community Wellness in Action: A Study of the Socio-Economic Environment of Springfield, Ohio
2007
Patrick Bailey, Matthew Spring
Downtown Revitalization Plan for Fairborn, Ohio
2007
Verne Fortson, Francesca Rubino
Vacant and Abandoned Properties and Code Enforcement Best Practices
2007
Jessica Fox, Robert Miles, Sonia Ninon
Housing and Neighborhood Features Desired in Neighborhoods Undergoing Revitalization: Research for the South Park Neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio
2007
David Finnie, Jack Grubb, Jennifer McFaddin
College Expectations of 6th, 9th, and 12th Grade Preble County Students
2007
Domonique Chapa, Virginia Gimenez
Predicting High Risk Areas for Pediatric Asthma in Montgomery County, Ohio
2007
Daniela Haheu
Local Public Administration and International Donor Organizations in Moldova
2007
Susan Koller, Rena Shaw, Jennifer Weisser
Reporting Crime and Perceptions of Central Cities
2007
Victoria Lozan, Molli McDaniel, Elizabeth Rumple, Nina Scroggins
Juvenile Diversion Program in Montgomery County, OH: An Equity Analysis
2006
Erin Dolan, Thea Walsh
A Local Perspective on Evaluating the National Scenic Byway Program
2006
Roger Chapman-Custer, Vladislaw Pascal
Downtown Dayton: Working, Living, and Growing
2006

 


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