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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.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation;
"The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Twin Cities" was commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to ask a very important question: "Is there a connection between socioeconomic status and health in the Twin Cities?" The results of the study show that here, as elsewhere across the country, health is connected to median area income, education, race and neighborhood conditions.The study revealed that an increase of $10,000 in an area's median income "buys" its residents an additional year of life. Children born into the highest income/lowest poverty areas can expect to live 8 years longer than those born into the lowest income/highest poverty areas. Life expectancy varies greatly by race in the Twin Cities, ranging from a high of 83 years for Asians to 61.5 years for American Indians.
Phillips Community Television;
In spring 2004, PCTV embarked upon an ambitious evaluation project aimed at exploring the meaning of youths' engagement in the media arts program. Fifteen youth and eight adults were interviewed in small groups and individually during the September 2004 - June 2005 program year. It became evident during this process that the program successfully teaches media while creatively emphasizing positive youth development that ultimately impacts participants in numerous ways.
In collaboration with longtime partners, The McKnight Foundation developed an evaluation framework in 2007 designed to measure outcomes and to foster mutual accountability for results. The first baseline housing measures report was released in early 2008. The release of the 2009 Minnesota Baseline Housing Measures report represents the first view of a three-year trend in affordable housing activity. The past three years have been eventful, with an historic economic and housing downturn. McKnight and its key partners in housing have engaged a broader "Re-thinking Housing" discussion to consider how we as a community approach housing in terms of buildings, places, and systems. Rethinking Housing is a continuing conversation to identify and develop innovation in buildings, places, and systems throughout the Twin Cities region.
Saint Paul Foundation;
Reports on the pilot phase (2000-2002) of the Arts LAB program, which was designed to strengthen organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement;
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.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement;
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;
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.
The 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.
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.
Central Corridor Design Center;
A reference tool including key business tips, guiding plans, and design development principles for the Central Corridor in Saint Paul.
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.