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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
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
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
Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Community. 2011 Glass, Kaela . Communiversity
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
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
Rental Licensing to Achieve Compliance. 2012 Hackett, Silvana.

This report provides background information on policy options used by suburban cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to address issues of non‐compliance with city property maintenance code and geographically concentrated criminal activity. It focuses primarily on rental licensing programs as a policy response and analyzes the experiences of cities with universal and targeted rental licensing programs. This study includes a literature review and a summary of the interviews conducted with surrounding cities and with Roseville Inspections Department staff.

Summary Report on the Bus Mediation Program at Olson Contemporary School. 1993 Hahn, Debra. Communiversity Communiversity, conflict resolution, Minneapolis, neighborhoods, school buses, schools, students
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
Production, Yield, and Market Analysis of Produce Raised by Minnesota Hmong American / Immigrant Farmers. 2011 Heilmann, Katherine.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), is a 25--‐year--‐old nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help support family farmers’ livelihoods and keep them on the land. Hmong American and other immigrant farmers have a prominent presence in the Twin Cities Metro Area’s markets and local foods production.

Sabathani Community Center: Transition of Improvement. 2010 Henriksen, Dave. Communiversity
The Minnesota Benefit Bank: Piloting Tax Preparation and Tax Credits. 2009 Henriksen, David

The Minnesota Council of Churches is providing leadership to implement The Minnesota Benefit Bank pilot with hopeful assistance from multiple community partners. The pilot is aimed at providing a resource for individuals to complete their tax returns, while becoming familiar with The Minnesota Benefit Bank. Should the tax pilot prove to be successful, it is the hope of The Minnesota Benefit Bank Civic Infrastructure Working Group that there will be a growing desire and recognition of need for a more comprehensive implementation of all public benefit and tax credit programs.

Communiversity Communiversity, economic development
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
Refugee Mental Health Project. 2011 Jennifer Simmelink. Communiversity
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
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
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
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
Time Banking Feasibility Study and Pilot Project. 2010 Klatt, Kathryn.

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.

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
Reality Based Research Study of American Indians in the Frogtown and Summit/University Neighborhoods. 1996 Kramer, Jessica. Communiversity Communiversity, Frogtown neighborhood, low-income groups, social services, St Paul, Summit neighborhood, Summit-University neighborhood, surveys, University neighborhood
Minnesota Hispanic Education Program Parental Involvement Survey: Project Update, August 1994. 1994 LaFianza, Javier. Communiversity Communiversity, education, Hispanics, Latinos, minorities, parents, students, surveys
American Indian Culturally-Specific Juvenile Programming Survey: Summary Report. 1996 Lauer, Tammy. Communiversity American Indians, Communiversity, criminal justice, juvenile justice, minorities, Native Americans, surveys, youth
When the Poor Face Housing Court. 1993 Lipkin, Rachel S.

Tenants are often evicted from rental units in bad repair. They are unaware that the bad conditions in their unit might have provided a defense against their landlord. Many tenants feel they do not have a chance to be heard in court. Advocates for low income people at Lutheran Social Service's Housing Resource Center were able to survey tenants in housing court through one of CURA's Communiversity Personnel Grants. In 1993 a graduate student in the School of Social Work conducted the survey and presented the results to the Hennepin County Housing Court Advisory Committee.

Communiversity Communiversity, courts, Hennepin County, housing, legislation, Minneapolis, public policy, surveys, tenants, unlawful detainer
Unlawful Detainer Court Study. State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, Fourth Judicial District Court, First Division, Minneapolis. 1993 Lipkin, Rachel. Communiversity Communiversity, courts, Hennepin County, housing, legislation, Minneapolis, public policy, tenants, unlawful detainer
Unlawful Detainer Court Study. State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, Fourth Judicial District Court, First Division, Minneapolis. 1993 Lipkin, Rachel. Communiversity courts, Hennepin County, housing, legislation, Minneapolis, public policy, tenants, unlawful detainer
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
Characteristics of Hispanic Students in Minnesota Public Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions: A Look at Demographics, Graduation, Attrition, Retention and Participation. 1993 Maland, Jane. Communiversity colleges, Communiversity, dropouts, education, elementary schools, enrollment, high school students, higher education, Hispanics, Latinos, minorities, students
Review of Use of Restrictive Procedures in Minnesota Schools. 2012 Markanda, Sonal.

Project Goals:
The purpose of this project was to assess the statewide implementation of existing Minnesota Laws (Appendix A) regarding the use of seclusion and restraints with special education students. The following information provides insight into compliance with the
current law, barriers and strengths in implementing the law, and will serve to inform future policy. The role of the National Alliance on Mental Alliance (NAMI) Minnesota has been to bring together various organizations and schools, which have a vested interest

Program Evaluation of the Intervention Program of the Women's Coalition, Duluth, MN. 1993 Mayer, Teresa. Communiversity advocates, battered women, children, Communiversity, courts, criminal justice, Duluth, intervention programs, minorities, mothers, shelters, surveys