Online Research

Help UMFS conduct research on a particular topic or question.
Richmond, VA, USA
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Posted January 18th

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What We Need
  • A compilation of research on a specific topic (e.g. industry best practices, literature review, media contacts, industry trends, etc.) including a list of sources
  • Recommendations on areas for further exploration/research
  • Note: This project is not designed to be used for prospect or grant research
Additional Details

We are looking to build up our online learning library of sorts for adoptive/foster parents and kinship caregivers. Volunteers would help research online trainings and resources in a variety of topics. The deliverable does not necessarily need to be a written document; it can simply be a list of the online resources, and if time allows, helping us put those resources into the Learning Management System we use.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a good sense of where to find the desired content, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have an easy-to-use LMS, an dedicated agency trainer, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $3,409 , allowing us to focus on problem solving other challenges like short-staffedness, re-designing program structures, training staff in evidence-based models, running parent groups, and much more.

We have traditionally used in-person gatherings to provide our foster/adoptive parents and kinship caregivers with ongoing training and support. This is both best practice and also required by licensure. During the pandemic, it has been hard to offer this. Our families need ongoing training in certain topics to meet licensure standards. While we have an excellent LMS to organize the trainings, we have not had staff to manage finding resources.

Project Plan

Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss specific topic(s) of interest, research objectives and information needs, as well as preferred sources/databases (if any)
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional create research questions and agree on key terms
Milestone 1: Preliminary Research Outline
  • Professional conducts preliminary online research and creates an outline
  • Professional shares outline with Volunteer Manager for feedback
Milestone 2: Research & Analysis
  • Professional conducts online research and analyzes information
  • Professional drafts a research report and creates a list of sources
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which Professional incorporates
  • Professional conducts an additional round of research (if necessary)
Milestone 3: Report Findings
  • Professional delivers research and shares findings with Volunteer Manager
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About The Org

Posted by
Carmen D.

Org. Learning Manager

Our Mission

UMFS is unwavering champions for high risk children and families, collaborating with communities, to help them reach their full potential.


Shellie was awesome, and delivered just what we needed for this assignment. I know our foster parents will be thrilled with the resources she found. Shellie was timely, enthusiastic and easy to work with. We're very grateful for her help with this project!
Carmen D.

Org. Learning Manager

Online Research Project

This is a great organization! Carmen provided excellent guidance that made my part easy to finish.
Shellie B.
Shellie B.