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Focusing Our Vision: American Indian Urban Higher Education Initiative. Symposium Report, May 7-8, 1997. 1997 Klopotek, Brian.

For complete report, see Needs Assessment Survey Study: American Indian Higher Education Initiative.

Communiversity American Indians, colleges, Communiversity, higher education, minorities, Native Americans, surveys, tribal colleges
Gauging Program Services: Present and Future Payne-Phalen Living At Home/Block Nurse Program. 2008 Johansen, Lindsey.

The Payne-Phalen Living at Home/Block Nurse Program (LAH/BNP) serves the diverse community of the District 5 Planning Area on St. Paul's East Side. The program's mission is 'to build a circle of care around the diverse elders of St. Paul's East Side keeping them healthy and safe in their homes.' The purpose of this study was to evaluate the services provided to seniors by the Payne-Phalen LAH/BNP. A 20-question survey was developed and conducted one-on-one with 50 randomly selected seniors from the program, 43 in English and 7 in Spanish.

Communiversity aging, Communiversity, elderly, evaluations, seniors
GIFT Project-Phase I. 2009 Gun, Yael

The Goal of GIFT is to reduce recidivism of women on probation for prostitution using evidence-based best practices to remediate the issues leading women to involvement in prostitution. The purpose of the CURA funded GIFT Project - Phase I was to finalize the design of the GIFT Project in order to measure the degree to which all planned project components are currently being executed.

Communiversity Communiversity, Minneapolis, Powderhorn Park neighborhood, prostitutes, prostitution, sex workers
GMCC Community Justice Project Evaluation. 2009 Cici, Kristin

The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) has operated since 1905 to battle poverty in Minneapolis. GMCC operates a successful family of social service programs and recruits support across denominational lines to help struggling Minnesota families remain self-reliant.

Communiversity Communiversity
Guide to Small-Scale Wind Energy 2004 Wickman, Paul. Communiversity alternative energy, Communiversity, electric power, legislation, Minnesota, renewable energy, utilities, wind generators
Gun Violence Reduction Study: Minneapolis Youth Speak on Selected Strategies. 1997 Andrusesky, Dimitri. Communiversity Communiversity, focus groups, guns, mentoring, prevention programs, violence, youth
Hidden Homelessness: Refugees and Housing in the Twin Cities. 2009 Simmelink, Jennifer. Communiversity
Hispanic Education Career Fair Planning and Implementation Manual. 1992 Schryver, Robert. Communiversity career development, Communiversity, education, Hispanics, Latinos, manuals, minorities, students
History of the Vento Village Partnership & Community-Based Participatory Evaluation Model for the Vento Village Partnership. 2009 Champe, John

This is a history of Vento Village Partnership (VVP), written for the Evaluation Unit of Ramsey County Community Human Services (RCCHS), in St. Paul, Minnesota. The VVP is a trial social-work program started in 2006, in which a social workers from the County and a social worker from a local non-profit were placed directly in an inner-city school to serve the community.

Communiversity Communiversity
How Many Liberians Live in Northwest Hennepin? 2002 Sakk, Lori. Communiversity Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, immigrants, Liberians, minorities, population, refugees, surveys
Identifying Barriers in Graduation for Latinos in the South Hennepin Region. 2003 Hastings, Sara. Communiversity Bloomington, Communiversity, dropouts, Eden Prairie, education, focus groups, graduation, high school students, Hispanics, Latinos, parents, Richfield
Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis and Housing Development on Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color. 2001 Couvrette, Rebecca. Communiversity affordable housing, literature reviews, low-income groups, Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Minneapolis, minorities, segregation, St Paul, tax increment financing (TIF), Twin Cities
Impact Study of Community Development Block Grant/Financial Management Education Program. 1994 Kennedy, Marilyn J.

A two-year pilot project in financial management education, specifically adapted for individuals and families with limited incomes by the Minnesota Extension Service in Ramsey County, is the subject of this 1994 evaluation report. The program reached a total of 1,843 individuals and families of which 290 families received the full financial education program.f The effectiveness of the intervention and the subsequent impact on the lives of the program participants are presented in the report, as well as recommendations for curriculum changes.

Communiversity Communiversity, Extension Service, financial management, intervention programs, low-income groups, Ramsey County, St Paul, surveys, University of Minnesota
Improving Access to Care for Traumatized Children: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Collaborations for Child Witnesses to Violence. 2006 Gewirtz, Abigail, Donald Harris, and Mary Jo Avendano.

Each year, an estimated 3.3 to 10 million children are witnesses to and victims of violence in the home. In one study of children living in low-income neighborhoods, 75% reported having witnessed community violence. Children exposed to violence are at heightened risk for behavioral and emotional problems, social and interpersonal difficulties, child maltreatment, and later perpetration of violence. The majority of children involved in violent events are witnesses who suffer psychological, rather than physical, harm and thus are less likely to come to the attention of service providers.

Communiversity abuse, child welfare, children, Communiversity, domestic violence, eyewitnesses, law enforcement, mental health, Minneapolis, social services, social workers
Literature Review: The Development of Culturally Appropriate Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for the Ojibwe School. Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, Duluth, MN. 1993 Roth, Monica. Communiversity American Indians, child abuse, Communiversity, curriculum, literature reviews, minorities, Native Americans, Ojibwe School, prevention programs, Red Lake, sexual abuse
Logic Models for Major Programs of the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center. 2007 Eichers, Catherine.

This is a project summary about the creation of logic models for each of the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center's (PWCC) major programs, and to gain insight into the data collected and evaluation tools currently in use. After learning about logic model content and process, the Research Assistant worked with PWCC staff to create the models, which will help illustrate to funders and other stakeholders the impact of PWCC's work with children, families, and the North Minneapolis community, as well as inform PWCC's internal program evaluation and improvement work.

Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, Communiversity, disadvantaged, evaluations, interviews, North Minneapolis, social work, surveys
Making Connections: Evaluation Use by Father-serving Programs. 2010 Cici, Kristen. Communiversity
Managing on a Limited Income. 1996 Kennedy, Marilyn J.

CURA evaluated a pioneering 1996 project developed by the Ramsey County Extension Service to teach financial management to poor families. The goal was to teach families how to work with the resources available to them and help them gain a sense of control over their financial affairs. There were numerous signs that the project was successful in doing this. Many also gained hope by participating in the project. Support from other participants and from staff reduced their isolation and knowing that a public agency cared enough to create such a project lifted their spirits.

Communiversity Communiversity, education, Extension Service, financial management, low-income groups, Ramsey County, University of Minnesota
Many Faces of Mexico. 1995 Ruiz, Octavio Madigan, Amy Sanders, and Meredith Sommers. Communiversity Communiversity, curriculum, education, history, Mexico, study guides
Mapping Child Care Equity and School Readiness Disparities. 2007 Tabbut, Julia.

Nearly 70 percent of parents with young children in Minnesota are in the workforce and rely on child care programs to provide their children with safe, healthy environments, nurturing, and early learningラthe foundations for school readiness. Research shows that all children can benefit from quality child care, but when parents who earn low wages or have little formal education can access quality child care, their children get a boost and can 'catch up' to their more advantaged peers.

Communiversity Communiversity, early childhood development, education, geographic information systems (GIS), Hennepin County, Minneapolis
Medical Needs and Healthcare Services for the Somali Community in the Twin Cities. 2011 Mohamed, Ifrah Y. and Abdul Wahab Warsame. Communiversity
Mental Health Crisis Services Monograph: Examining the Condition of Mental Health Crisis Services in Minnesota and Beyond. 2008 Wolff, Jason.

Occurring in all age groups and populations, mental illness remains among the most frequent health concerns in the United States. In recent years, emergency mental health service provision has evolved beyond traditional hospital and police based intervention and assessment to include more comprehensive and tailored systems of care. Prime among this evolved system of care are mobile mental health crisis services. These services seek to address a wide variety of consumer needs, from initial assessment and referral to stabilization and after-care.

Communiversity Communiversity, public health
Minnesota Community Blueprint to Asian/American and Pacific Islander Health Equity: Indicators for Success. 2011 Pham, Joseph B. Communiversity
Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Evaluation Use by Father-serving Programs. 2010 Cici, Kristen.

The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network’s mission is to enhance healthy father-child relationships by promoting initiatives that inform public policy and further develop the field of fatherhood practitioners statewide.

The key objective of this project was to determine how Minnesota's father-serving programs are utilizing program assessments, outcome data, evaluations, and evidence-based practices to support and improve their ongoing work with fathers.

Minnesota Governments: Human Rights and Diversity Survey. Statewide Report. 1992 Niziolik, Dan. Communiversity cities, Communiversity, diversity, equal opportunity, human rights, local governments, minorities, nonmetropolitan areas, surveys
Minnesota Governments: Human Rights and Diversity Survey. Suburban Hennepin Report. 1992 Niziolik, Dan. Communiversity Communiversity, diversity, equal opportunity, Hennepin County, human rights, local governments, minorities, suburbs, surveys
Minnesota Hispanic Education Program Parental Involvement Survey: Project Update, August 1994. 1994 LaFianza, Javier. Communiversity Communiversity, education, Hispanics, Latinos, minorities, parents, students, surveys
MN Child Response Initiative Community Needs Assessment Results. 2003 Gewirtz, Abigail, with Lacey Hartmann.

A community needs assessment conducted on behalf of the Minnesota Child Response Initiative (MCRI) to gain information about how particular communities perceive the problems of violence and how these perceptions relate to the needs of children. Specifically, the needs assessments attempt to identify what barriers exist in terms of service delivery and collaboration with mental health workers.

Communiversity abuse, child welfare, domestic violence, Minnesota, needs assessment, survey research, surveys
New Village: A Housing Cooperative of Cambodian and Laotian Refugees. 1993 Powderhorn Residents Group. Communiversity Cambodian, Communiversity, cooperative housing, housing, Lao, Minneapolis, minorities, Powderhorn Park neighborhood, Southeast Asians
No Magic Bullet: What Minneapolis Youth Say About Gun Violence. 1997 Andrusesky, Dimitri and Mei Ding. Communiversity Communiversity, focus groups, guns, prevention programs, violence, youth