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Summer 2017 Community Based Research Request for Proposals

January 24, 2017

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program (Nelson Program) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds partnerships between community-based organizations or government agencies and the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects. The projects will run from June-August 2017. Applications are due March 6. 

Before applying review the Community Based Research Application Guide which is available here.

More details on submitting your RFP:

The Nelson Program is generously funded by the McKnight Foundation.

Spring 2017 Project Highlights

The Spring 2017 Community Based Research projects are just ramping up. Below are a sample of the projects. Read all of the Spring 2017 Community Based Research Projects summaries here.

East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC)
Access to and Affordability of St. Paul Rec Centers for Low Income FamiliesESNDC’s mission is to foster a safe, diverse and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create healthy, affordable housing and commercial development. They are interested in understanding the barriers for families in low income neighborhoods accessing recreational facilities, their amenities and activities. This research project will be used to support ESNDC’s organizing activities on the accessibility of recreation centers in St. Paul. Specifically, the research will identify the amenities and activities of recreational facilities as it relates to socioeconomic characteristics of five low income neighborhoods in St. Paul. 

Hmong American Partnership (HAP)
Integrating Cultural Competency into new Little Mekong Community Health Center
Hmong American Partnership’s mission is to empower the community to embrace the strengths of their cultures while achieving their potential. HAP achieves this mission by: improving the lives of individuals and families in their diverse communities through culturally sensitive social services; strengthening neighborhoods through housing, community and economic development opportunities; and promoting the rich heritage of their ethnic communities. The purpose of this project is to develop a plan to fully integrate cultural competency into all aspects of patient care in a new community health center that will serve Southeast Asians and new immigrants in St. Paul. The research will be used to guide the planning committee in decision making, planning and implementation of a cultural competency plan for the new clinic. This project will also assist community partners who are involved with the planning or be referring for services because they will know that patients are receiving good care.

SEWA-Asian Indian Family Wellness (AIFW)
Exploring Domestic Violence and Service Needs Among South-Asian Victims and Survivors
The Mission of SEWA-AIFW is to provide total family wellness for underserved and vulnerable populations of South Asians. SEWA-AIFW also trains a corps of volunteer advocates and builds resources to connect to the main stream in a culturally specific way. This project examines the social service needs, issues and barriers faced by South Asian women who are survivors of domestic violence. The project also provides an understanding of the extent of service needs so that partnerships with other governmental and non-governmental agencies can be established.

NeighborWorks Home Partners (NWHP)
Alternative Building Materials and Strategies for Vacant Lots in St. Paul
The Mission of NeighborWorks Home Partners is to revitalize neighborhoods by creating and supporting successful home-ownership. NWHP helps prepare potential homebuyers through financial capabilities education, one-on-one pre-purchase mortgage counseling and homebuyer education workshops. NWHP also offers down payment assistance to assist low/moderate income households in purchasing a home. The goal of this project is to create more affordable housing in neighborhoods with available vacant lots in older and more diverse St. Paul neighborhoods by understanding alternative building options and possibilities for vacant lots.