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Applied Research and Evaluation

Family Development Research

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Extension Center for Family Development regularly conducts applied research and program evaluation to ensure we are making a difference in critical issues facing Minnesota families and communities. The Applied Research and Evaluation Team, along with faculty and Extension educators, uses systematic inquiry methods to discover knowledge, understand family realities, and explore innovative ways to working with partners to address critical issues.

We share our findings in the hope they can benefit the field of family development, leaders, educators, and anyone interested in strengthening families in Minnesota and beyond.

The following highlights research conducted by our center.

Family Resiliency

Parents Forever™ Research — Learn how research supports Parents Forever™ and what research we have done, are doing, and will embark on in the future.

Co-Parent Court — Find out about this innovative problem solving model aimed at better supporting parents establishing paternity.

Research on School Success — Review the research on factors for school success and more, including our CYFAR-funded and other grant-related projects.

Dollar Works 2: Program Impact and Feedback — Dollar Works 2 is a personal finance education program that teaches basic economic concepts to strengthen people’s skills in managing their personal finances and making sound decisions with money. Learn more about the impact evaluation that was conducted to test the effectiveness of the curriculum.

Recovery After Disaster Video Series: Impact Evaluation Results (PDF) — View the infographic summary of an impact evaluation conducted Fall 2015.

Community Mentorship Program 2014 Annual Report (PDF) — Find out about our 2014 efforts to help community agencies develop content expertise and skills in personal financial educational program delivery.

Latino Financial Literacy Team 2015 Annual Report (PDF) — Get an overview about the Latino Financial Literacy Program's work in 2015. We help Minnesota's Latinos navigate financial systems.

Health and Nutrition

Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors — This AFRI grant-funded project to prevent obesity among Latino adolescents includes a multidisciplinary team and community-based participatory research.

Cross-Sector Collaboration: A Report from the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team — This report documents the processes and outcomes of the Farm to School Leadership Team over the past five years. It includes the dynamic tensions inherent in cross-sector collaborations, success stories, and the history of farm to school in Minnesota.

Healthy Food, Safe Food — This partnership between Extension and Minnesota Department of Health conducted a formative evaluation to aid in developing a plan of action to address regulatory barriers to improve access to healthy foods, while simultaneously maintaining and enhancing food safety.

Impact Study of Minnesota SNAP-Ed Health and Nutrition Education Programs — This study's goals were to determine the effectiveness of Extension's nutrition education programs and assess sustained changes of participants and their families. Read the latest update: SNAP-Ed Instruction Helps Kids Eat Healthier

SNAP-Ed Implementation Evaluation (934 K PDF) — This six-page community report summarizes the 2011 study of health and nutrition education in low-income Minnesota communities.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes® — This lifestyle change program is designed for people with prediabetes. For a summary of the results from our 2013 our pilot project in Western Minnesota, read the WMICPD September Research Update (913 K PDF).

Children, Youth & Family Consortium

Building Collaborations Across Child Welfare and Education Systems — CYFC led the Minnesota contingent of practitioners and policymakers to find strategies for collaboration, data sharing, and systems changes for social services.

Children’s Mental Health eReview — This unique online publication reviews research and how it’s used in practice to promote children’s mental health.

Other Signature Efforts

One Message, Many Voices: Inter-Disciplinary Partnerships for Resilience Communication — Results of preliminary research conducted after the 2009 Red River flood. Read how Red River Resilience developed and spread a simple, clear, and consistent message through multiple communication channels.

After the Flood: Rushford's New Chapter — View a beautifully illustrated summary of the research conducted after the 2007 Rushford, MN flood. Read words of wisdom and "what worked" from those who know, disaster survivors.

Got Program? Seamlessly Answer Basic Questions About Your Program Through Evaluation (530 K PDF) — A model of seamlessly integrating evaluation into the program life-cycle, as presented at the 2013 University of Minnesota Extension Annual Program Conference, Duluth, MN.

Related Resources

Community: Research and Evaluation — Staff and consultants to the Extension Center for Community Vitality regularly conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and to explore issues related to community development.

Youth: Research — The Extension Center for Youth Development conducts and shares out-of-school time research and evaluation with policy makers, stakeholders, program leaders, youth work practitioners, decision makers and researchers to address important issues related to the field of youth development.

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