The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master of Arts degree programs. Capstones reassess theoretical knowledge in light of professional experience in the form of a final research paper, incorporating both classroom knowledge and practicum based experience.

The full-text of papers written prior to July 2011 in the Capstone Collection are limited to SIT and other World Learning faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with SIT or World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Full-text papers written after July 2011 are openly accessible to the public.

Due to copyright restrictions some papers are not available full-text electronically. World Learning affiliated students and staff can check these papers out of the library or, if you are off-campus, request them via interlibrary loan

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Submissions from 2019

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Political activists or violent fans? Understanding the Moroccan Ultras perspective through social media discourse analysis, Mamer Alomari

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Transition Towns and the Transition Model: An Investigation into the Movement's Use of Strategic Planning, Richard Burbridge

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A Case Study on the Conduct of a Nonviolence National Campaign for Political & Social Change in Sudan in 2020, Abdou Edris

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My Photo, My Voice: Reducing Self-Stigma of Felons & Drug Addicts through the use of Storytelling and Photographs, Jordan Ferrick

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Dual-Power and Direct Democracy in Fiji: An Analysis of the iTaukei Administration, Glenn Hall

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Elevating the Experience: Reimagining a U.S. Conservation Nonprofit's International Volunteer Program through the Exploration of Past Volunteers' Perspectives, Hyunhee Lee

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Youth’s Decent Employment in Guinea: Enabling Factors and a Holistic Approach, Sekou Mansare SM

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The Okanogan Highlands: A Case Study on Economic Access, Food Security, and Local Development, Sarah Reaveley

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The Changes of Financial Stability and Quality of Life of Cambodian Immigrants and Refugees as a Result of their Participation in a First-Time Homebuyer Program in Lowell, Keanhuy Sour

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Factors in Refugee Resilience Building during Humanitarian Response, Rachel Starner

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Are Widows in Southern Cameroon Marginalized After the Death of their Husbands?, Constance Tamon

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Using Principles of Inclusion and Sustainability for Designing and Facilitating Inclusive and Sustainable Development Workshops, Sai Aung Thein

Submissions from 2018

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Towards An Agreed Definition Of Sustainability: Exploring The Concept Of Sustainability In Amherst, Massachusetts, Babatunde Ajao

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Values Driven Strategic Thinking and Planning in Federated Non-Profits, Michael Baker

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Bridge To Her Education (BTHERE): Black Girls and the School to Prison Pipeline, Otasha Clark

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Sustainability at SIT: a Look at the Past, a Plan for the Future, Taliesin Haugh

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Community-led Development: Perspectives and Approaches of Four Member Organizations, Wubshet Loha

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Land As Power: Pathways for Closing the Gender Gap in Land Rights in India, Rachel Lubitz

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Development of a Monitoring and Impact Evaluation Plan A Case Study on the Refugee Services Program of Islamic Relief USA, Ahmad Tariq Momeni

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Changing Donor-NGO relations thorough Viable Alternatives to Conventional Grantmaking, Kio Okawa

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Cacao Together: A Model for True Sustainability in the Chocolate Industry, Kerstin Roos

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How Empowerment Processes Manifest for Afghan Women with Different Levels of Education, Fatima Sabri

Submissions from 2017

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Culture, Inner-city Education and Improving Economic Growth In Birmingham, Alabama, Leroy Abrahams

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Bridging Training Gaps in Leadership Capacity: A Critical Approach to Assessment and Evaluation for Program Improvement and Development, Alysia Ballinger

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Tsirik - fold the leaves so that others may be guided: A study of how the BriBri women are preserving their culture to ensure a sustainable future for their community, Emily R. Blau

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LOOKING WITHIN WHILE WORKING ABROAD: EXPERIENCES FROM AN IHP TRUSTEES FELLOW IN THE FIELD, Caitlyn Clark

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Missing the Message: Advocating for Action in Human Rights, Alyssa Dinsmore

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Is Restorative Justice Doing Enough To Address The Power Imbalances Caused By Systems of Privilege and Oppression, Matthew Furnell

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Addressing Racism in Urban Agriculture: The Case for an Urban Agriculture Land Trust in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Chelsea Gazillo

OneWorld Coffee: Social Venture Plan, Cory Gilman

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Increasing Equity through B Corp Certification in the Coffee Commodity Supply Chain, Emily Hlavka

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Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou: Food Sovereignty and Alternative Paradigms to Confront Food Aid and Climate Crises in Haiti: A Case study of Movman Payzan 3eme Seksyon Kanperen, Les Cayes, Haiti, Webert Jeune

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Women, Peace, and Security in Sudan.The Taskforce Achievements in the National Dialogue, Rowa H. Kodi

Enhancing Accountability And Learning: An Organizational Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Capacity Assessment Tool (MELCAT), Grace Longwe

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How Anti-Racist Participatory Policy Advocacy Can Change Delaware’s Education System, Shyanne Miller

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How Anti-Racist Participatory Policy Advocacy Can Change Delaware’s Education System, Shyanne E. Miller

Adaptive Social Protection: A justification for enhancing social protection effectiveness in Lesotho, Daison Panganai Ngirazi Mr

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Implications in the Evaluation of SDG 4: What the Numbers Really Tell Us, Ellen Noe

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Impact of Community Level Engagement in Primary Education: A Case Study of Oyam District, Northern Uganda, Uganda, East Africa, Benson Ocan

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Evaluation Framework for effective HIV/public health programming in Nigeria, saheed ottun

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Barriers to Empowerment: How can gender equality training reduce the barriers that women farmers face in Nicaragua?, Krista Pelletier

Home-Grown Development: Reconceptualising Cannabis Policy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samantha Phillips

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The Donation-based Approach to Solving Critical Social Issues: An Examination of the Food Waste Recovery Approach to Solving Hunger in the United States, Desa Radic

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The Impact of Civil Society Movements on Conflcit, Nicholas Rinehart

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The Dynamics of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) in Traditional Pakistan., Aamer Shams

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Reframing Homelessness in Vermont: A Systemic Approach to Homelessness Policy Advocacy in Windham County Vermont, Scott Sharland

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Local Perspectives of Sustainable Development, Ryan J. Stefani

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#NowAreYouStartingToGetIt?: A Case Study of 'Stop Charters in KY' Advocacy Campaign, Rachel Trontz

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Seno Banjonki Lower Basic School Vision Care Pilot Project: A Monitoring and Evaluation Course Linked Capstone Thesis, Stephen M. Weiland

ENVIRONMENTALLY-INDUCED MIGRATION AND SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Nora J. Worthington

Submissions from 2016

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Integrating Evaluative Thinking into Organisational Practice: a Case Study of Lutino Adunu in Uganda, Shilla Adyero

B.E.I.B. and Financial Inclusion in NorthWest Cameroon, Kareen Ngendape Atchala

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Ecotourism Social Enterprise: Learning From the Global South, Jessica Bailey

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A National Bilingual Education Policy for the Economic and Academic Empowerment of Youth in St. Lucia, West Indies, Gabriella Bellegarde

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The Green Classroom Initiative: Developing a non-formal educational resource to promote positive youth development in an elementary school in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica., Marlee Cea

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Rapid Evidence Maps as Decision Tools for Evidence-based Policy, Mark Engelbert

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Changing Advocacy Practices in a Changing World: an Evaluation of Oxfam America’s Influencing Work in a Shifting International NGO Culture, Emily Sloe Goodman

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A Dollar a Day: Child Sponsorship and the Marketization of Human Development, Taylor Hallett

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Solar Urban Planning: Addressing barriers and conflicts specific to Renewable Energy Policy and the current field and practice of Urban Planning within the context of a changing Climate, Toryl P. Hanna

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Program Evaluation Frameowrk for Enhancing Performnce and Quality, Abu B. Koroma

Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian & Emergency Aid M&E Framework for SHIFA’A Program – SAMS Foundation, Ahmed Mostafa

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The Northern Nigerian Countering Violent Extremism Project: A measure of Participation vis-a-vis Outcomes, Onomen E. Odafen

The Impact of Lack of Mother Tongue - Based Schooling on Kurds in Turkey, Ceto Ozel

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Communalism and Its Impact on Human Development Future Civil Society Initiatives for Inter-Communal Peace in Gujarat, Atiya Pathan

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An exploration of a culture of inclusivity and community development within a special education learning environment., Farid Quraishi

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) for Sudden onset Humanitarian Emergencies (Eops), Rebecca Rushford

Vasudhara Lodge: A Social Venture Plan for Women’s Empowerment Through Community Based Eco-Tourism, Sonya Salanti

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Argument for Internationally-Focused Curricula in US Primary Education Reform, Hector Santiago

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A Systems Approach to Evaluation Metrics: A Case Study of Salvation Farms, Julia D. Scheier

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Dynamic Media: A need for the dynamic use of media to meet organizational goals, Alexander J. Scott

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Producing Knowledge: The Social Made Visible in the Division of Environmental Biology of the National Science Foundation, Patrick Southern

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A Sustainable Approach to Health Systems Strengthening in Developing Countries: Lessons from the Ebola Crisis, Prince Tarnah

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Got Inclusion? How Inclusive is your Organization? Assessing Inclusion through the iCAT: Inclusion Capacity Assessment Tool for Organizational Capacity, Charlotte Taylor Westfall

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Black Gentrification Twice Removed: A Study of Migration and Community Involvement in Washington, DC, Janwin A. Zeegar-Holman

Submissions from 2015

From Financial Vulnerability to Financial Capability: How Can Decision Making Be Improved? A Case Study, Hye M. Ahn

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An Organizational Development Assessment Tool for the Jordanian Civil Society Context, Murad H. Al-Quraan

Microfinance and Poverty Reduction: An Empirical Study On Sub-Saharan Africa, Pa Modou Baldeh Mr

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Advocating for Sustainability at The City of Beaverton, Oregon: An Advocacy Initiative and Sustainability Strategy using the STAR Communities (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities) Framework and Rating System, Rachel Bigby

Risk Management Strategies of Diversified Organic Farmers to Adverse Weather Events. A Case Study in Central and Central East Texas, Chiara Boin

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Giving a Voice to the Powerless: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation as a Tool for Inclusive Development through Microfinance, Evan T. Burke

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities: An analysis of the effectiveness of advocacy methods for achieving policy goals, Danielle R. Caron

Monitoring and Evaluation in the developing world: Finding alternative data gathering methods that work, Elizabeth J. Coppola

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Protecting Ecosystems, Culture, and Human Rights in Chile Through Indigenous and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas, William G. Crowley

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Protecting Ecosystems, Culture, and Human Rights in Chile Through Indigenous and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas, William G. Crowley

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: Creating Market Disruption within the LGBT Advocacy Arena, Jhay Edwards

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Is Soil Quality Linked to PSNP Graduation in East and West Hararghe, Ethiopia?, Elizabeth Gladding

Monitoring and Evaluation System for Capacity Building for Inclusive Education in El Salvador, Flor Gomez Byers

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Liberia and Dual Citizenship: The Issues Arising from Un-Visioned Realities, Esau A. Greene Sr.

A Comprehensive Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, Yazmin Gutierrez

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ENGAGING MEN IN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMING: AN APPROACH TO MONITORING AND EVALUATION, Todd Hadley

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Women's Entrepreneurship Development In Ethiopia A Case Study Of Women in Self Employment (WISE), Melat Tekletsadik Haile Ms

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Designing U.S. Policy To Achieve Inclusive Agricultural Development And Food Systems, Marissa L. Henderson

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Climate Change and Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program in Northern Vietnam: An Approach to Evaluation, Phuong Vu Quynh Hoang

ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUE CREATION: TRANSFORMING A COLLECTIVE OF INFLUENTIAL DIGITAL NATIVES INTO A SOCIAL VENTURE OPPORTUNITY, Mariel M. Kanene

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Assessing Organizational Data Culture to Create an Ideal Data Ecosystem, Lauren M. Leary

Maturity Models for Development: Institutionalizing an ICT4D Approach, Miguel Martin V. Menez

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Somali Remittances Campaign, Ammar Mohammed

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Mitigating Constraints in Resource Access: The Design and Delivery of a Sustainable Livelihood and Human Rights Project in Big Babanki, Cameroon, Robert V. Muluh

From MDGs to SDGs: Women and Girls' Voices On The Global Development Agenda, Cleopatra Ndlovu

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Policy Recommendations for Alleviating Homelessness in Chittenden County, Vermont, Brittany E. Nevins