Marlie Ball Davis (’21) has joined the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service as a Center on Community Philanthropy Fellow.
A recent graduate of the Clinton School, Ball Davis' work as a student included a Practicum project with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension. Ball and a team of first-year students researched innovative solutions for maintaining and developing infrastructure in rural areas of Arkansas.
She partnered with Heifer International on her International Public Service Project, assisting the global nonprofit with the launch of its Virtual Indicator Library. She collected feedback from 19 different partner countries and assisted in the creation of VIL usage guidelines, project-specific indicator development guidelines, and the standardization protocol for new indicators.
For her final Capstone project, Ball Davis completed an evaluation of cooking program designed for youth, crEATe Lab. She completed a two-part evaluation of the program’s longitudinal implementation. The evaluation reviewed the program’s implementation and impact, specifically the effects of program changes caused by COVID-19 safety protocol and if the program was able to reach its three intended goals.
In addition to her Master of Public Service, Ball Davis graduated from Arkansas Tech University with degrees in psychology and sociology.
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