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This paper blends the results of a meta-analysis of research literature which identifies key ingredients for the success of inter-organizational collaboration with empirical data on the experience of recent immigrants and refugees in a region of Minnesota, U.S.A.
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota;
Opportunities for integrated transit planning and workforce development. Report by Yingling Fan, Andrew Guthrie, and Kirti Vardhan Das, produced at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, with support from Hennepin County, the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, and The McKnight Foundation.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance;
This report examines the heart of the nonprofit cultural sector across 11 of the country's major metropolitan regions. Using Cultural Data Project (CDP) information, we examined 5,502 organizations, which collectively have 906,000 paid and volunteer positions and spend $13 billion annually. The communities examined had a collective population of over 75 million residents, 23.7% of the total population of the country. Our goal was to understand the distinctive and shared attributes of the cultural communities across every metro region and 11 distinct disciplines. What are the underlying trends running across all metro regions and disciplines?
Are communities recovering from the Great Recession? Where are the pressure points for the sector? What are the challenges and opportunities for specific disciplines? What trends are impacting the long-term health of all cultural nonprofits?
Keeping in mind that all data has limitations and that our snapshot represents only a portion of the full scope of creative activity across the country, our analysis nonetheless revealed both expected and surprising findings.
Wilder Research Center;
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. This summary highlights what Speaking for Ourselves participants said about transportation, housing, and safety perceptions.
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota;
The Twin Cities arts and culture scene is rich and expansive. It exists strongly in small places and in large institutions, in places easily seen and places more hidden. Yet at the same time as we acknowledge the artistic strength of our region, we are aware of the ways in which not everyone benefits from the cultural assets and thriving cultural economy of our region.
Too often our approaches to understanding or addressing these complicated realities take a universal approach rather than a targeted approach to inquiry and analysis. This project was created specifically to hear from working artists of color directly on important questions related to their well being as artists, individuals and community.
Mt. Auburn Associates;
A new report represents the culmination of the first three years of Living Cities' Integration Initiative, supporting approaches with the potential to transform the lives of low-income communities.
This report offers valuable findings from the Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Families (AEMCF) project, one of the first large-scale efforts to provide mentoring to military-connected children across multiple states. This report examines how AEMCF served these children and illuminates strategies for reaching and serving military-connected youth and their families more effectively.
Good Jobs First;
A new report by DC-based nonprofit Good Jobs First reveals how crafts of every kind will benefit from the private reinvestment stimulated by the Depot in Lowertown and the Green Line.
The goals of The McKnight Foundation's Education and Learning (E&L) Program are "to increase the percentage of students reading at grade level by the end of third grade and to increase access to high quality learning beyond the classroom so that all Minnesota's youth thrive."
For this work, McKnight formed strategic partnerships with seven grantee schools in the Twin Cities:
* Andersen United Community School, Minneapolis Public Schools
* Jefferson Community School , Minneapolis Public Schools
* Saint Paul Music Academy, Saint Paul Public Schools
* Wellstone Elementary School, Saint Paul Public Schools
* Earle Brown Elementary School, Brooklyn Center Community Schools
* Academia Cesar Chavez, independent charter school
* Community of Peace Academy, independent charter school
Each school is focused on dramatically improving results for readers across the PreK-3 continuum. The schools first received a one-year planning grant before submitting a three-year proposal to implement their plans to improve PreK -- 3 literacy outcomes. All seven schools are now in the implementation phase.
The McKnight Foundation hired SRI International (SRI) and the Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota to evaluate the E&L Program in the grantee schools. The evaluation included only the grantee schools from Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Brooklyn Center Community Schools. The charter school grantees are not included in the evaluation.
The key purposes of the evaluation are (1) to inform internal stakeholders of the successes and challenges of the work as it is under way so that adjustments can be made and (2) to share lessons learned from implementation with others working to improve the PreK -- 3 continuum and literacy outcomes for students. The evaluation team is collecting and analyzing data on teacher practice and on children's early literacy skills and third-grade reading achievement to assess improvements associated with the initiative.
Evaluation brief about professional development in McKnight's early literacy grantee school sites. Researched and prepared under contract by SRI International and the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the U of M; part of McKnight's efforts to use research, field-building, and advocacy to increase the percentage of Twin Cities students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Wilder Research Center;
Commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, this study examines the economic and social factors that influence health outcomes in the Twin Cities region, and finds that neighborhood, income, education, and race all matter. Opportunities and challenges in reducing health inequities are also discussed. The original study looked at 2000 census data; it was updated in 2012 using 2010 census data or the most recent data available. The update also includes a supplement on three "upstream" factors that contribute to health inequities: access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity and social connectedness.
Wallace Foundation, The;
Summarizes a June 2011 Wallace-sponsored conference of arts groups, marketing experts, and researchers that explored ways to build arts audiences: what works, what doesn't, and how to sustain success, including encouraging organization-wide learning.