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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
Parent Engagement in Education: Minneapolis Public Schools. 2010 Shkolnik, Anna. Communiversity
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.

Making Connections: Evaluation Use by Father-serving Programs. 2010 Cici, Kristen. Communiversity
Sabathani Community Center: Transition of Improvement. 2010 Henriksen, Dave. 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.

Quality of Life Change and Immigration Legal Benefits:Documenting Outcomes of Status Change for Immigrants and Refugees. 2010 Rechitsky, Raphi. Communiversity
An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in a Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota: Nine Rays of Light Reach the Star of the North. 2010 Stone, Barbara.

Between October 1998 and June 2010, 2,792 refugees from Burma, mostly via Thai refugee camps, arrived in Minnesota (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010). The highest number of refugees, 667, from Burma came in DHS grant year 2006 (October 2006 through September 2007). In the first three quarters of the current grant year (GY 2009), 595 refugees arrived in Minnesota from Burma (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010).

Communiversity employment, migration, refugees, relocation, Worthington
Emergency Shelter Evaluation Guide 2012. 2011 Cici Kristen.

An evaluation guide is an operating manual for an evaluation incorporating its design, research questions, methods as well as data collection and analysis protocols. The Emergency Shelter Evaluation Guide is the foundation for evaluation of the Emergency Shelter. The Emergency Shelter Evaluation Guide is divided into seven core sections, including

Cimarron Needs Assessment. 2011 Cici, Kristen.

In 2011 FamilyMeans received funding from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota to conduct a survey of Cimarron, a mobile home community in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, to determine programming and service needs of the community. The focus of the project was to determine what activities and services were most needed in Cimarron for both adults and youth. A survey was developed and English and Spanish surveys were mailed to all 382 homes in Cimarron.

Medical Needs and Healthcare Services for the Somali Community in the Twin Cities. 2011 Mohamed, Ifrah Y. and Abdul Wahab Warsame. Communiversity
Social Media Evaluation: A Survey of Minnesota Nonprofit Organizations. 2011 Cici, Kristen. Communiversity
Minnesota Community Blueprint to Asian/American and Pacific Islander Health Equity: Indicators for Success. 2011 Pham, Joseph B. Communiversity
Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Community. 2011 Glass, Kaela . Communiversity
Envisioning an Internet Center for Homeless Individuals: One Group’s Quest to Reduce the Digital Divide. 2011 Orrick, Rebecca. Communiversity
A Rural Community’s Response to its Changing Demography: Welcome to Worthington. 2011 Stone, Barbara.

Worthington, Minnesota, has provided employment for Karen refugees from Burma since 2007 due to the availability of positions where English language was not a prerequisite for employment. Many of the refugees were assisted in resettlement by non-profit refugee employment service agencies located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In 2010, Karen refugees were interviewed to determine their satisfaction with the move to Worthington.

Communiversity Communiversity, cultural differences, immigrants, immigration, refugees, Worthington
Ending Long-Term Homelessness: Housing Stability for Adults in a Scattered-Site Housing First Program. 2011 Stone, Barbara.

Using the "Housing First/Harm Reduction" model (getting people into affordable housing first, and then addressing other issues they may have, such as mental illness, chemical dependency, or other barriers to stable housing) St. Stephen’s Human Services runs five programs to End Long-Term Homelessness.

Communiversity affordable housing, Hennepin County, homeless, homelessness, Minneapolis
Refugee Mental Health Project. 2011 Jennifer Simmelink. Communiversity
Developing an Achievement and Educational Equity Gap Library Resource for the Twin Cities. 2011 Manganaro, Christine.

Minnesota policymakers, teachers and community members have known about the achievement gap for decades, and despite their best efforts it continues to exist. The challenge has launched numerous initiatives, reports, pilot projects, and task forces, from school-specific solutions to broader community-based solutions. School districts, state and local governments, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and others have all worked on the problem. A review of the historical record shows a long list of well intentioned but inadequate efforts to close the gap.

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.

An Assessment of Current Trends in Injection Drug Use in the Twin Cities Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Population. 2012 Flunker, Dylan.

The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition (MTHC) is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by transgender and gender-nonconforming people through education, resources, and advocacy.

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

Economic Justice Monitoring Project. 2012 Ngyuen, Thao Phuony.

The Central Corridor also known as the Green Line stretching between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul crossing University of Minnesota covers 11 miles area with many businesses and residential houses. The Green Line is expected to make commuting easier to support the development of the Twin cities.

PPL Resident Services Assessment. 2012 Caulum, Libby. Communiversity