Family Development Research
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 Research and Evaluation Team, along with faculty and Extension Educators, utilize 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 Extension Center.
Does Parents Forever™ Work? — Parents Forever™ is an educational program designed for parents with contested custody and visitation issues. Learn more about the related research that has been published on this program.
Research on the Factors for School Success: Introduction — A summary of the empirical support for the six factors that emerged from a comprehensive literature review of the effect of family, school, and community influences on children's learning.
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.
Health and Nutrition Programs
Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies! Research — Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies! is an educational program that encourages students in grades 3-5 to eat more fruits and vegetables and become more physically active. Learn more about the research behind the Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies program.
I CAN Prevent Diabetes® — This lifestyle change program is designed for people with prediabetes.
Impact Study of Minnesota SNAP-Ed Health and Nutrition Education Programs — This study will determine the effectiveness of Extension's nutrition education programs and assess sustained changes of participants and their families. Read the latest update: Understanding the Ways We Are Making a Difference.
Learning Gardens — Learn more about the research supporting garden programs.
Nutrition for the Underserved: The Implications — These white papers summarize the results of focus groups with four different audiences: Somali, African America, Latino, and Caucasian.
Children, Youth & Family Consortium
Children, Youth & Family Consortium: Our Research — Children, Youth, & Family Consortium provides assistance to academic and community researchers and other stakeholders conducting research. CYFC also generates and disseminates its own research to practitioners, policymakers, and academic audiences.
Other Signature Initiatives
After the Flood: Rushford's New Chapter — Beautifully illustrated summary of the research conducted after the 2007 Rushford, MN flood. Hear words of wisdom and "what worked" from those who know — disaster survivors.
Environmental Scan — This project was an effort to gather information about the current and future issues affecting families in Minnesota.
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.