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Science Undergraduate Society : Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation of Inventory and Waste Management Coronel, Samantha; Cruz, Citali Cruz; Ojo, Eseohe; Rodriguez, Alessia; Tafel, Joshua


This report presents the research and policy proposal of the Inventory and Waste Management Science Sustainability group towards completing the UBC SEEDS project for the GPP 504 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation course. It includes an overview of the project and client, providing the context, and background information on the problem and previous efforts to solve it. It thereafter explains the project problem - the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) is unable to properly organise, store and manage its resources, which generates unnecessary waste. The research methodology for the project is outlined, spelling out the use of primary and secondary methods such as interviews, survey, onsite evaluations and data analysis that contributed to our policy recommendation. Some key findings of the research were difficulty in finding things, accessing the room, and accumulation of materials was consistent across the course of a month’s monitoring of the site. This means that items were either never removed or organised, and if they were, they were quickly replaced by others. The report details the criteria and alternatives utilised in designing the policy solutions and highlights the three-step proposal to the SUS; namely an initial organisational strategy in the immediate, followed by the implementation of procedural check in/check out system and behavioural interventions – Goal Gradient and Specific Tasks in the mid and long term respectively. It concludes by detailing areas for future research and knowledge dissemination activities to be carried out by the group. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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