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Recent Publications

Making Connections: Evaluation Use by Father-serving Programs.

Cici, Kristen. Published in 2010.

Sabathani Community Center: Transition of Improvement.

Henriksen, Dave. Published in 2010.

LEED for Neighborhood Development and the Loring Park Neighborhood.

DeCoursey, Jillian. Published in 2010.

Community Action Duluth: Measuring the Return on Investment for Participant Outcomes in Three Community Action Duluth Employment Programs.

Acharya, Nikhil. Published in 2010.

The focus of this study was to examine the Return on Investment from Community Action Duluth Programs. The objective was to analyze the three programs; HOPE Program, Bridges to Employment and Jump Start Duluth Program. These Programs create economic value, which is easy to measure, but there are also many social impacts created, which may not be comparatively easy to measure. This report strives to identify such social impacts along with measuring the economic returns generated by these three programs. For the Analysis, a simple Return on Investment Method was used.

Time Banking Feasibility Study and Pilot Project.

Klatt, Kathryn. Published in 2010.

In the fall of 2009, Project for Pride in Living (PPL) began a time banking feasibility and pilot site study. PPL, a nonprofit affordable housing provider and social service agency in Minneapolis, MN was interested in establishing a time bank program for PPL residents and program participants. The study was designed as an outreach process to assess the success and challenges of implementing and operating a time bank program, and to determine PPL resident and program participant interest in a time bank program.

"Assembly and Uses of a Data-Sharing Network in Minneapolis." Chapter in _Putting Data to Work: Data-Driven Approaches to Strengthening Neighborhoods._

Like many cities across the country caught up in the previous decade’s housing boom and bust, Minneapolis is experiencing mortgage-default problems on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. Foreclosed properties and vacant homes are dotted across the city, with concentrations in some particularly hard-hit lower income areas. In dealing with the slew of direct and indirect consequences, Minneapolis has benefited from a history of openness and information sharing among local nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, city and county agencies, and academic institutions.

Minnesota Population Change, 2000-2010 [dot map].

This four-color, 17.5 x 20 inch dot map shows population change (gains and losses) in Minnesota at the county level based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The map includes major water features and selected major roads and highways.

Racially Concentrated Areas of Affluence: A Preliminary Investigation - DRAFT REPORT

Goetz, Edward G., Tony Damiano, and Jason Hicks Published in .

Racial segregation continues to be a significant problem in American cities despite passage of the Fair Housing Act 46 years ago. Since the 1980s, concentrations of poverty have combined with racial segregation to produce conditions that have been the target of urban and housing policy for 25 years. Recent federal housing policy has consciously acknowledged this phenomenon, with the federal government requiring local municipalities to undertake studies of “Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty” (RCAPs) in order to inform local efforts to further fair housing goals.

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