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This report presents the results of a three-year research study on the impacts of YSE programs on youth. It includes eight YSE programs located in the Twin Cities metro area.
Wilder Research Center;
Significant research has been conducted both locally and nationally documenting the tasks completed by caregivers, the impact of caregiving on health and well-being, and the economic value of this tremendous informal source of support for older adults. Our analysis attempts to build on this existing knowledge with a primary focus on the informal support that surrounds caregivers. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to strengthen the fabric of support for family, friends, and community caregivers, and to do so in ways that are compatible with the values and needs of community residents. First, this report provides an overview of the processes by which one assumes the role of caregiver, the time commitment and responsibilities involved, and the challenges that arise when providing care to a family member, friend, or neighbor. Distinctions between primary and secondary caregivers (i.e., whether or not the caregiver is mainly responsible for the care of the older adult) are discussed whenever relevant. Next, the report presents general findings about the support surrounding caregivers including their use of home-based services, employer-based supports, and informal support. Lastly, we explore caregivers' experiences and levels of informal support through several frameworks.
The Wallace Foundation;
Arts organizations of all kinds recognize that their futures depend on cultivating new audiences who will form long-lasting relationships with them. Perhaps no art form faces a bigger challenge in doing so than opera. Many people who've never been to the opera believe it's stuffy and elitist, and certainly not a place they'd like to spend a Saturday night. They think they'll feel like ignorant outsiders who can't possibly understand, let alone appreciate, what's happening on stage. Minnesota Opera set out to dispel those preconceived notions among women ages 35 to 60 through an unlikely partnership with a local talk-radio host who had a knack for relating to this demographic. An opera buff himself, he made the art form relatable and exciting to women who had never been to a performance, so much so that they jammed the phone lines when he announced ticket giveaways to Minnesota Opera on his radio show. After four seasons of the partnership, 1,114 households new to Minnesota Opera had redeemed their free tickets to attend a performance, and 18 percent had paid to come back. The company found that perceptions of opera as elitist were not insurmountable, but also discovered that one or two positive experiences were not necessarily enough to turn most of these new audience members into frequent attendees. Follow-up research identified barriers to that elusive return purchase, and the company has used these insights to adjust its marketing strategy to bring a number of those new audience members back.
Business Resources Collaborative;
Like any large infrastructure project, the Green Line construction posed considerable risks to businesses operating on the line. To help understand how these changes impacted local businesses, Wilder Research partnered with the CCFC's Business Resources Collaborative to survey more than 200 business representatives along the Green Line. This information provides useful feedback for similar projects, and the findings provide an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes encountered by businesses during and after construction. We would like to share three vital findings from this research.
A study of the impacts of business ownership on owners' children, including changes regarding financial security, education, health, and career skills and interests.
This report presents the results of a 24-month research study on the impacts of Youth Social Entrepreneurship programs on youth, including work readiness skills and interpersonal and social-emotional skills.
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative;
The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative (2007 – 2016) was an innovative partnership supported by 14 local and national foundations seeking to create a "corridor of opportunity" along Minneapolis and Saint Paul's Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT).
Wilder Research Center;
Provides a snapshot of the current status of African-American babies (whose parents were born in the U.S.) relative to other babies in St. Paul and Minneapolis. When data on African-American babies are not available, data on all black babies (including children of African immigrants) are presented.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Twin Cities;
The Twin Cities is recognized across the country as a hotbed for the arts, which not only enhances cultural life but strengthens the region in other ways. Dozens of art galleries, theater companies, music venues, design firms, and other arts organizations attract talented workers, high-paying firms, and growth industries to this area. This natural relationship between cultural abundance and economic prosperity is a cornerstone of the influential "creative class" theory that explains why some cities thrive and others wither. Yet creativity is not limited to privileged, upper-middle class circles. The arts make a substantial impact in low-income and minority communities by knitting community bonds, inspiring young people, animating a new sense of possibility, bolstering economic development, and forging a positive identity for challenged neighborhoods.
In 2011, The McKnight Foundation partnered with a set of districts and schools in the Twin Cities area, all serving high-needs students, on a PreK–3 literacy initiative. The Pathway Schools Initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of students who reach the critical milestone of third-grade reading proficiency, an indicator predictive of later academic outcomes and high school graduation. This report focuses on findings from Phase I of the Pathway Schools Initiative (2011–2015).The McKnight Foundation selected the Urban Education Institute (UEI) at the University of Chicago to serve as the initiative's intermediary. UEI was tasked with providing the intellectual, conceptual, and managerial leadership for the initiative as well as professional development and technical assistance focused on literacy and leadership to the Pathway districts and schools. UEI anchored this support on two, validated diagnostic tools developed at the University of Chicago: the Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress (STEP) developmental literacy assessment and the 5Essentials Survey.Participating Pathway schools and districts carried out the day-to-day work of the initiative. They used grant funds to expand or refine their PreK programs; hire additional staff such as program managers, literacy coaches, classroom aides, and family engagement liaisons; and purchase high-quality instructional materials, such as classroom libraries or tablets.An advisory group, the Education and Learning National Advisory Committee (ELNAC), was established in 2010 to help inform decisions about the initiative. SRI International has served as the initiative's evaluator since 2010.
Jay Walljasper, commissioned by McKnight. In the fourth installment of the Food for Thought Series, Jay Walljasper looks at civic models from around the world that are worth replicating here at home.