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Family Development Research and Evaluation

Environmental Scan Project

In 2010, the Extension Center for Family Development launched an environmental scan project to learn more about the current and future issues affecting families in Minnesota. Interviews were conducted with "key informants" throughout the state.

We hope the reports contained on this web page will jump start discussions throughout the state about critical issues affecting families.

Regions in Minnesota

For the purpose of this environmental scan project, Minnesota was divided into 11 regions. An independent environmental scan was completed in each of these regions.

Click on a region on the map to see the related environmental scan report.

Northwest Regional Report

Download Northwest Regional Report (760 K PDF)

Contact:

Deeann Leines
Email: leine001@umn.edu; 218-281-8699

West Regional Report

Download West Regional Report (803 K PDF)

Contact:

Sara Van Offelen
vanof001@umn.edu; 218-236-2007

East Central Regional Report

Download East Central Regional Report (776 K PDF)

Contact:

Rebecca Hagen Jokela
hagen022@umn.edu; 218-726-6477

Metro Regional Report

Metro Regional Report (745 K PDF)

Contact:

Rosemary Heins
heins002@umn.edu; 763-767-3879

Southeast Regional Report

Download Southeast Regional Report (815 K PDF)

Contact:

Kay Lovett
klovett@umn.edu; 507-280-2871

Southwest Regional Report

Southwest Regional Report (906 K PDF)

Contact:

Mary Schroeder
hedin007@umn.edu; 507-337-2817

Northeast Regional Report

Download Northeast Regional Report (665 K PDF)

Contact:

Lori Hendrickson
lhend@umn.edu; 218-327-5961

North Central Regional Report

Download North Central Regional Report (743 K PDF)

Contact:

Jill May
mayxx011@umn.edu; 218-616-0362

South Central Regional Report

Download South Central Regional Report (822 K PDF)

Contact:

Kelly Kunkel
Email: kunke003@umn.edu; 507-389-6721

Central Regional Report

Download Central Regional Report (784 K PDF)

Contact:

Mary Caskey
Email: caske002@umn.edu; 320-203-6102

West Central Regional Report

Download West Central Regional Report (582 K PDF)

Contact:

Sara Croymans
Email: croym001@umn.edu; 320-589-1711

West Regional Report

Download West Regional Report (803 K PDF)

Contact:

Sara Van Offelen
vanof001@umn.edu; 218-236-2007

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Summary

The themes that emerged from the Minnesota environmental scan cover a broad range of issues affecting families. At the time of our 273 interviews, families were impacted the most by:

The issues affecting Minnesota families are layered and complex. They call for integrated, collaborative approaches by organizations in order to foster changes that will better support families and help them thrive as they face today's challenges.

See our reports:

For more information on the environmental scans, contact Karen Shirer (shire008@umn.edu; 612-626-3971).

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