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What Keeps us Safe? How Social Conditions Create Community Safety

November 30, 2021 by Lindsay Turner
Two years ago, my cyclist father was enjoying the last downhill mile of a long training ride. He was wearing a helmet and flashing LED taillight, and he trains yearly in urban bike safety courses.… Read more »

Investing in Moms: 10 Years of Women’s Recovery Services

October 21, 2021 by Jackie Aman
Caregiving is a beautiful and humbling thing. Those that provide care, especially parents, need support. Yet it can be hard to garner support for caregivers who struggle with alcohol and other drugs… Read more »

Managing Evaluation from the Program Manager’s Point of View

October 14, 2021 by Paul Mattessich
Much interest exists in evaluating and improving programs that serve our communities. Staff in nonprofit organizations and government agencies of all types want to know which services work and which… Read more »

4 Practical Steps to Creating a Logic Model

August 18, 2021 by Anna Granias
A logic model is a useful tool to present your organization’s or program’s activities and expected outcomes. Learn tips for creating your own.

Storytelling With Data: Where Do I Begin?

July 13, 2021 by Allison Liuzzi
A short primer on telling stories with data, courtesy of the data pros at Minnesota Compass.

Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Needs: How Do We Measure Improvement?

March 22, 2021 by Melissa Serafin
Both law enforcement and mental health advocates have long identified issues with how individuals with mental health and substance use needs are served. Sometimes called “social workers of last… Read more »

Therapy by Video: What Works in Telehealth?

January 25, 2021 by Melissa Serafin
Mental health service providers have overwhelmingly shifted to providing services by video, allowing clients to receive services while following social distancing recommendations. Research suggests… Read more »

Transportation is a Key Component of Equitable Food Access

November 30, 2020 by Alice Lubeck
Minnesotans deserve access to affordable and healthy food regardless of where they live. Alice Lubeck explores ways communities are reducing transportation barriers to food access and the need for… Read more »
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