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The Benefit Bank: An Aid to Public Benefits in Minnesota. 2009 Henriksen, David

This paper is an extensive analysis regarding The Benefit Bank and the current public benefit application, certification, and outreach processes in Minnesota. In this analysis the existing Minnesota public benefits that would be covered by The Benefit Bank were examined, along with a study of how the current application and certification process in Minnesota is conducted. This study also examined why many public benefits are not being used by the eligible population and how The Benefit Bank can help increase utilization.

Communiversity communities of color, Communiversity, low income, poor
The Institute for Immigrant & Refugee Health and Wellness. 2009 Moe, Karen

West Side Community Health Services is the largest community clinic organization in Minnesota, with multiple locations in the metro area. West Side provides innovative and multicultural/multilingual health care services and education to immigrant and low-income communities. The mission of West Side is 'Caring for the Health of Diverse Communities.' Founded in 1972, West Side Community Health Services is one of the largest and most established community health care organizations.

Communiversity Communiversity, public health, St Paul
Social Capital Database Pilot Project: Results and Recommendations. 2009 Lymburner, Allison

The Social Capital Database, developed and implemented by the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches (SPACC), has been on the organization's mind for several years. The term 'social capital' was used in 2000 by Robert D. Putnam to describe what happens when connections are made between individuals and organizations and these connections build a network of resources and relationships. SPACC wanted to use that idea and apply it to the social outreach work that congregations do for our community; thus, the 'Social Capital Database' was born.

Communiversity Communiversity
PRISM Express Program Evaluation. 2009 Toburen, Matt

Transportation is a necessity that many people take for granted. We live in a mobile society that requires the ability to travel long distances within cities to meet our daily needs. However, there is a portion of the population who are unable to travel because they lack private transportation, and public transportation does not adequately cover their area or they are physically unable to use transportation due to disabilities and health reasons.

Communiversity Communiversity
Family Stabilization Research for Informed Program Implementation and Public Policy Evaluation. 2009 Gardner, Leah

The objective of this research was to better understand the programmatic needs of a newly defined Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) population being served through the Family Stabilization Services (FSS) program, those with diagnosed disabilities impeding their ability to work. In partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) research was conducted to provide current data and findings that will enhance understanding of the root causes of destabilizing issues facing these families and the resulting challenges.

Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, communities of color, Communiversity, jobs, minority, poor
Aligning HIRED Workshops with Work Readiness Standards. 2009 Toburen, Matt

The purpose of the 'Aligning HIRED Workshops with Work Readiness Standards' research study is to help HIRED trainers and managers assess HIRED's current work readiness skills workshops. The goal is to make these workshops consistent with current work readiness standards and meet the needs of HIRED's job-seeking customers. Also, to standardize the training throughout HIRED's many programs and locations.

Communiversity Communiversity, economic development, employment, job seekers
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
Safety on the Streets. 2009 Gun, Yael

SOS is a collaborative pilot project in the 3rd police precinct of Minneapolis to encourage and support women involved in prostitution to file a police report if they have been physically or sexually assaulted by a purchaser ('john,' client, trick, etc.) or a pimp. Our framework, process and activities have been informed the following principles: Do no harm; Respect and non-judgment; Consensus building; Fostering collaboration between stakeholders who are often on different sides of the debate.

Communiversity Communiversity, crime, Minneapolis, prostitutes, prostitution, safety, sex workers
Building a Neighborhood-based Culture of Learning: Evaluating Progress of the East Side Learning Collaborative. 2009 Rana, Sheetal

This evaluation aimed at understanding two important areas related to the establishment and functioning of the East Side Learning Collaborative (ESLC): (1) environment, membership characteristics, structure of the ESLC, and other factors that influence the success of the collaborative, and (2) the process and outcomes of the ESLC, including the accomplishments and challenges. The ESLC is a network of over 25 organizations and residents of the Dayton's Bluff and Payne Phalen neighborhoods in Saint Paul.

Communiversity Communiversity, education, St Paul
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
Hidden Homelessness: Refugees and Housing in the Twin Cities. 2009 Simmelink, Jennifer. Communiversity
Plymouth Youth Center Longitudinal Study Year 3 Report. 2008 Eichers, Catherine.

The purpose of this study is to track the long-term
education and vocational outcomes of Plymouth Youth Center (PYC) high school students. The first
report (Spring 2005) summarized data from 19 former students who left PYC
during the 2003-2004 school year. The second report described educational and
employment trends for 18 former students, including 7 who left PYC during the
2004-2005 academic year and 11 who left during the 2003-2004 year. CURA supported
research on this third report, which summarizes data from two groups of
students: (1) the 25 students who responded to the

Communiversity Communiversity, education, employment, evaluation, high school, Minneapolis
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
College Readiness Center Survey. 2008 Stoffel, Lolyann.

A survey of youth that attend after school programming at Neighborhood House was conducted in February and March of 2008. The survey was conducted to discern the perception of college among these youth. Another purpose was to find out what kind of help the youth need to successfully apply and enroll in college. The report contains a powerpoint presentation summarizing the findings.

Communiversity assessment, 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
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
Post-Employment and Job-Retention Report: Identifying Best Practices to Increasing Participation Rates Through Pre- and Post-Employment Services. 2007 Khoury, Aron.

For the past 13 years Lifetrack Resources has contracted with Ramsey, and more recently (2001) Hennepin County, to provide employment services to approximately 1,400 welfare recipients per year. Lifetrack's welfare-to-work program, called Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), operates with over 30 staff and a budget of approximately $1,700,000 per year. The purpose of this report is to evaluate Lifetrack's current welfare-to-work program and identify best practices that maybe used to increase the participation rate.

Communiversity Communiversity, employment, job training, Ramsey County, social work, survey research, welfare
African Nonprofits: A Report of Financially Active African-led Nonprofit Organizations in Minnesota Serving African Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees. 2007 Fernandes, Omar.

The aim of this study was to investigate the scope and impact of financially active (revenues greater than $25,000 per year) African-led nonprofit organizations in Minnesota whose primary mission is to serve African immigrants. Thirty-two organizations fit within this financially active category, and 18 returned completed surveys by the deadline. Of the 18 organizations, a majority were formed between 2000 and 2006 and are situated in the Twin Cities metro area. All 18 organizations could be described as multi-service.

Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, Communiversity, immigrants, nonprofits, refugees, St Paul
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
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
Communiversity Personnel Grants. 2004 Communiversity Program

A brochure and application form for the Communiversity Program, which provides graduate student assistance to help community-based nonprofit organizations or agencies with a specific project. Priority is given to groups serving diverse communities.

Communiversity brochures, Communiversity, disadvantaged, grants, partnerships, students, underrepresented
Guide to Small-Scale Wind Energy 2004 Wickman, Paul. Communiversity alternative energy, Communiversity, electric power, legislation, Minnesota, renewable energy, utilities, wind generators
Study Area Electric Utilities. 2004 Wickman, Paul. Communiversity alternative energy, Communiversity, cooperatives, electric power, interconnection guidelines, Minnesota, renewable energy, utilities, wind generators
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
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
How Many Liberians Live in Northwest Hennepin? 2002 Sakk, Lori. Communiversity Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, immigrants, Liberians, minorities, population, refugees, surveys
Drained Wealth, Withered Dreams. The Disparate Impact of Predatory Lending in the Twin Cities. 2001 ACORN. Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, homeowners, Latinos, lenders, low-income groups, Minneapolis, minorities, mortgages, predatory lending, refinancing, St Paul, subprime loans
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
Arthritis in Indian Country: Determining the Prevalence and Effects. 2000 Elliott, Barbara A., Karen M. Johnson, Robert D. Leff, and John J. Day. Communiversity American Indians, arthritis, Center for Community and Regional Research (CCRR), Chippewa, focus groups, health risk, interviews, Native Americans, Wisconsin
Current Status of Food Shelf and Soup Kitchen Programs within the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1999 Gartner, Kimberly M. and Rebecca L. Brown. Communiversity Communiversity, food shelves, Minneapolis, Phillips neighborhood, soup kitchens, surveys