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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. We use this research to modify existing programs or develop new ones that better meet the needs of Minnesota communities.

We share these articles and reports in the hope they can benefit the field of community development, community leaders, business people and anyone interested in improving the health and vitality of our state.

For reports about Economic Impact Analysis, Retail Trade Analysis, and Business Retention and Expansion, please see below. All other research reports are searchable by author, date, title, and topic in the table beneath.

Title Topic 1 Topic 2 Type Date Lead Authors Sponsors
Assessing the Potential Farm-to-Institution Market in Central and Northeast Minnesota (1.06MB PDF) Community Economics Local Foods Research 2014 Pesch, Ryan Center for Small Towns,
University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development
Room for More: A study of Minnesota retail and service businesses that open or expand after the opening of Walmart Supercenters (1.06MB PDF) Community Economics Research 2014 Schwartau, Bruce EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston
Retail and Service Business Mix of Minnesota's Downtowns (3.56MB PDF) Community Economics Research 2014 Li, Yiwen
Pesch, Ryan
CURA, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
State of Sustainable Tourism in Minnesota: Changes from 2007-2013 (976K PDF) Tourism Research 2014 Qian, Xinyi (Lisa)
Schneider, Ingrid E.
Simmons, Patrick
University of Minnesota Tourism Center; Explore Minnesota
State of Sustainable Tourism in Minnesota 2013 (1.4MB PDF) Tourism Research 2014 Qian, Xinyi (Lisa)
Schneider, Ingrid E.
Simmons, Patrick
University of Minnesota Tourism Center; Explore Minnesota
Assessing the Potential Northwest Minnesota Farm-to-Institution Market (682K PDF) Community Economics Local Foods Research 2014 Pesch, Ryan
Bhattacharyya, Rani
North Country SHIP; Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Developing and Validating University of Minnesota Extension's Social Capital Model and Survey (363K PDF)
Methodological Appendix: Steps Before Confirmatory Factor Analysis (183K PDF)
Social Capital Community Assessment Research 2013 Chazdon, Scott
Allen, Ryan
Horntvedt, Jody
Scheffert, Donna Rae
Murray County Lodging Report (947K PDF) Community Economics Tourism Research 2013 Linscheid, Neil
Pesch, Ryan
Murray County Economic Development Authority
Retail Trade Analysis reports Retail trade analysis Research 2008 - Present Schwartau, Bruce and others The Blandin Foundation
Economic Impact Analysis reports Economic Impact Research 2008 - Present Linscheid, Neil
Tuck, Brigid and others
U of M Tourism Center
U of M Dept. of Applied Economics
eMarketing: Practical and Useful Research Technology Retail Development Educational research 2013 Ahmed, Adeel
Pesch, Ryan and others
The EDA Center
Institutional Healthcare Market for Local Produce (466K PDF) Community Economics Local Foods Research 2012 Pesch, Ryan The EDA Center
Willmar Area Minority Business Report (348K PDF)
Appendix to Willmar Area Minority Business Report (289K PDF)
Community Economics Research 2012 Ahmed, Adeel The EDA Center
Who Lives in Minnesota? The 2010 Census Shows Us How Our State is Changing Rural Demographics Research 2012 Winchester, Ben Center for Rural Policy and Development
The Power of Invitation: The West Central Leadership Academy Leadership Education Program Evaluation 2012 Hoelting, Joyce
Caldwell, Peter
Hennen, Mary Ann
Food Access in Duluth's Lincoln Park/West End Neighborhood (2.2MB PDF) Community Economics Local Foods Research 2011 Pine, Adam
Bennett, John
University of MN Extension
Chisago County Lodging Study (1.6MB PDF) Tourism Community Economics Research 2012 Pesch, Ryan Chisago County Economic Development Authority
Renville County Local Foods and Farmers Market Survey (282K PDF)
Appendix to Renville County Local Foods and Farmers Market Survey (333K PDF)
Community Economics Local Foods Research 2012 Pesch, Ryan USDA Farmers Market Promotion Grant
Community Leadership: What Does It Take to See Results? (133K PDF) Leadership Education   Program Evaluation 2007 Scheffert, Donna Rae
(690K PDF) Leadership Education   Program Evaluation 2009 Lott, Stephanie
Chazdon, Scott
Community Readiness Social Capital Research 2010 Chazdon, Scott
Lott, Stephanie
University of Minnesota Extension
(1.2MB PDF) Social Capital Rural Poverty Social Analysis 2008 Scheffert, Donna Rae
(101K PDF) Leadership Education   Program Development 2006 Boyce, Kim
Technology   Case Study 2003 Montgomery, Rae
Community Economics   Case Study 2006 Various
Community Economics   Program Evaluation 2001 Various
(1.47MB PDF) Rural Demographics
(Brain Gain)
  Research 2012 Winchester, Ben University of Minnesota Extension
(600K PDF) Rural Demographics
(Brain Gain)
  Research 2009 Winchester, Ben University of Minnesota Extension
(755K PDF)     Research 2012 Daun, Tara R.
Muessig, Hans
(1.58MB PDF) Leadership Education Social Capital Case Study 2006 Brandt, Erin
(984K PDF) Leadership Education Social Capital Program Development 2011 Rasmussen, Catherine
Chazdon, Scott
Armstrong, Jessica
Public Finance Public Policy Research 2010 Kalambokidis, Laura
Hansen, Tonya J.
University of Minnesota Extension
Public Finance Public Value Program Evaluation 2011 Kalambokidis, Laura
Public Finance Public Value Program Development 2004 Kalambokidis, Laura
Technology Adoption Community Development Program Development 2011 Ahmed, Adeel
Tourism Research 2007-2012 Various
Tourism Research 2012 Mykerezi, Elton
Nash, Arthur
Carlson Chair for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
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