We are working with the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) to gain a deeper understanding of what has historically worked and not worked in engaging Arctic communities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Through multiple Listen & Learn Sessions and a 2-day workshop with educators, youth, agency representatives, and Tribal liaisons, we are facilitating the co-creation of principles to inform how to best work with the next generation of Arctic-focused science and engineering leaders.
USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA):
Working with our partner Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, we administer a USDA energy efficiency program that offers low-cost energy audits to small businesses in Southwest Alaska, including commercial fishers. Now we've expanded this to provide hands-on assistance to small businesses applying for USDA's companion program, the USDA Rural Energy for America Program upgrade grant, to help small businesses access federal funds to help pay for the efficiency upgrades recommended in their audits. As of January 2020, 45 audits have been completed on buildings and commercial fishing vessels. Thirteen of these businesses have applied and eight have been awarded REAP grants totaling $54,000, with more awards expected.
King County Judicial Evaluation Survey:
In fall 2020, Information Insights surveyed 8,000 attorneys in King County, Washington, on their experiences and interactions with over 60 judges and other judicial officers. The final report to the King County Bar Association evaluated judicial performance related to a range of criteria individually and for different groupings of judicial officers based on results of the online survey.
IRHA Salary & Benefits Study:
We recently worked with the Interior Regional Housing Authority to survey Regional Housing Authorities as well as other Alaska organizations and businesses that have housing- and construction-related positions. Using the wage and benefit data from IRHA and the similar employers in Alaska, we developed median and mean salary benchmarks to help IRHA determine how well their salaries, wages and benefits align with the market.