There are 5 project teams that have Justice + Poverty Innovation work for review. They are in a validation phase, soliciting feedback, inspiration, and guidance on how to better improve their project.
We invite you to look through the team’s intro video, slide deck, and prototype work. For each team, there’s a form to leave feedback on the project. How would you help them make this project more feasible, viable, and meaningful? And how would you encourage them to prototype and test it?
This group, in partnership with the Housing Law Texting, is working with a network of legal service organizations and the mayor’s office, to better track the outcomes of a new policy to give a lawyer to everyone in SF who is facing eviction
This group, in partnership with the Eviction Data Outcomes, is working with a legal aid organization to develop a text-based communication channel with their housing law clients, to do better reminders, guidance, and follow-up/evaluation
This group is working with employees in the Bay Area to see what kind of financial coaching or budgeting app, provided through their employer or at work, might be meaningful to help people at possible risk of housing and money instability
This group is working with parents, schools, and lawyers to better support parents who are getting an IEP for their child, to help them with special education needs, to help them stay on top of the process, advocate for their child, and know their rights
This group is working with legal aid organizations to screen their clients for other financial and legal problems (like outstanding traffic tickets or overdue water bills) by checking government + other available databases
Can we collect, aggregate, and visualize data about who is being evicted in the Bay Area, what services they get, and what their outcomes are — in order to make better policy to address housing and poverty?
Can we help legal aid lawyers better serve their clients facing eviction through SMS messaging, and also help track the clients’ outcomes and experiences?
This project is a text messaging system that checks in with people and guides them through the eviction lawsuit process.
Through this platform, legal aid organizations can follow up with clients and collect information on client outcomes.
It would be targeted at people who might traditionally fall through the cracks, and legal aid organizations that can often be understaffed to keep track of clients.
Can we connect employees in the Bay Area with early, upstream financial coaching and budgeting tools at their workplace, to help prevent poverty and housing problems from arising?
Can we support parents who are trying to get educational services for their children with special needs, to navigate the complicated and long process of getting, enforcing, and updating an Individualized Education Plan?
The group has 2 prototypes:
- An automated text message translation + communication system to help parents and teachers stay in communication.
- A visual guide to the IEP process that can be a central document for parents to self-help. Click here to explore the IEP Buddy Prototype.
More about Prototype #1: a language access texting platform
The first prototype is a texting platform, that would be iOS/Android/smartphone agnostic, where monolingual-Spanish speaking parents can text IEP stakeholders (like, teachers) in Spanish. Stakeholders would receive these messages in English.
Then, stakeholders can respond in English, and the parents receive the messages in Spanish.
More about Prototype #2: a self-help IEP guide (and the general design process of the team)