Research on Worker Cooperative Development
We have a 3-year grant from the Kauffman Foundation to compare entrepreneur support organizations that help worker cooperatives and single founder businesses to identify the most effective approaches to aiding the firms and what they might learn from one another. We have been interested in doing this research to help answer questions about what the best models are for the development of new worker cooperatives.
Strategic Corporate Research and Campaign Planning
We are working with the environmental group Earthworks to train them and partners groups on strategic corporate research and campaign planning.
Georgia Cooperative Development
The Georgia Cooperative Development Center (GCDC) provides assistance to startup and existing cooperative businesses across the state of Georgia. Research Action has been working with GCDC to evaluate and improve their cooperative training academy.
Central Brooklyn Food Democracy Project
The Central Brooklyn Food Democracy Project seeks to create good jobs, access to healthy, sustainably created food, and support for healthy food preparation rooted in the diverse cultures of Central Brooklyn residents through a consumer owned, black-led grocery store and worker owned food enterprises. Research Action is serving as project evaluators and contributing collaboratively developed research that creates opportunities for organizational learning.
We support the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative’s Economic Democracy Learning Center’s planning of a network of youth, educators, schools and school leaders who will co-create a curriculum and approach to nurturing cooperative values in schools and youth groups. The community-based nonprofit sees education at all levels as an essential part of the movement to build an equitable, sustainable, and democratic local economy that creates wealth and ownership for low-income people of color.
Organization Project Evaluation
We worked on a three year project with a cooperative legal group to evaluate a number of their key programs.
Food Justice Research
We conducted research to help a food justice organization develop new strategies to grow in the future as they reassess their mission. This involved interviews with stakeholders, outreach to community capital groups, and food justice sector research.
Working with community groups, we provided background research on the history and budget of the Atlanta jail to inform a campaign arguing for alternatives uses for the facility. Read our report.
We worked with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) – Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee to survey over 100 prisoners about serious food and health care problems in prisons. Read the report.
- Rotten and Rat-Infested: The Appalling Food and Healthcare Conditions Facing Inmates in U.S. Prisons
- This report was added to the Prison Policy Initiative Research Clearinghouse.
New York State Cooperatives
We worked with the Cooperative Development Institute, the Data Commons Cooperative and the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City to create a directory of cooperatives and other solidarity economy entities throughout the state.
We produced this report with the Housing Justice League of Atlanta that involved a large-scale participatory action research project and an analysis of census demographic data to determine the effects of the Atlanta Beltline development on housing affordability and neighborhood cultural and social identity. We determined that the Beltline is bringing gentrification to historically Black neighborhoods and displacement of long-term, low-income residents.
- Read the Executive Summary.
- Read the Full Report.
- See the Beltline Map.
- See the Data Visualization.
- Profile of Sohna Harneez.
- Profile of Alison Johnson.
- Profile of May Helen Johnson.
- Profile of Rakia Reeves.
We worked with the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC), CUNY’s Murphy Institute and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) to promote alliances between labor unions and worker-owned coops. See our original informational brochure on union coops, and the newer updated version.
We worked on a report in collaboration with the Food Chain Workers Alliance on wages and working conditions for 22 million workers in the low-wage food industry, using government data and worker interviews. Read the report.
- The People Behind Your Food Are More Vulnerable Than Ever
- How a Trump Presidency Might Affect Restaurant Workers
- Food Workers Scramble to Put Food on Their Tables
- How Food-Labor Activists Are Preparing for President Trump
- No Piece of the Pie: New Report Paints Bleak Picture of Food Industry Labor Conditions
- The Industry Where Black Women Earn 42 Cents for Every Dollar Earned by a White Man
Union Membership Survey
We worked with a professors’ union on a survey of their adjunct members to learn about their health care needs in preparation for upcoming collective bargaining. We obtained a high response rate and found actionable information for the union.
This report describes an investigation into how well the State University of New York (SUNY) is enforcing its five year old anti-sweatshop policy which is meant to deal with working conditions in the supply chain of its licensed apparel. Read the report.
The Crisis in Our Schools: A Report on Working and Learning Conditions in New York City’s Public Schools
This report discusses a survey done by the Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE) caucus of United Federation of Teachers members in New York City to find out more about their working conditions and students’ learning conditions. Read the report.
- If Students’ Learning Conditions Are Teachers’ Working Conditions, These Students Are in Trouble
- Poll of NYC teachers reveals tough conditions, unpaid overtime
The online exhibit focuses on two of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods, English Avenue and Vine City, over a hundred year period, with special attention paid to the last twenty-five years, and includes oral history interviews, recent and historical media, and other archival items. Visit the exhibit.