The Future Services Institute is born from our belief in order to truly advance human services to improve the lives of all Minnesotans, we need to come together in partnership to do this courageous and important work. This is why we took this bold move forward, building this initiative from scratch. 

As part of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, we believe in creating and nurturing excellence in leadership and management in various ways, be it research, teaching, professional development, consulting, and outreach.


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Employers - we need your voice.

The Future Services Institute, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Greater Twin Cities United Way, is surveying employers across Minnesota to better understand how employers hire and retain workers in jobs that do not require college degrees. If you are an employer who hires workers for such positions, we want to hear from you.

Your participation involves filling out an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey should be completed by the person who is most knowledgeable about hiring employees into positions that require a high school degree or less, such as a human resources department official. The survey will remain open until September 8, 2017.

To take the survey, go to this link:
If you would like a copy of the press release, click here


Equity Works Connect

A gathering of the collective entities invested in a thriving and equitable Minnesota workforce.

Equity Works Connect will take place on September 25, 2017 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  For parking information, please click here.

To learn more, click here!


SAVE THE DATE: Redesign for Whole Families

Redesign for Whole Families: 1st Annual Research, Policy & Practice Summit
May 24 & 25, 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

In May 2018, the Future Services Institute at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will host a 1.5 day Summit that highlights relevant research for policy makers and program leaders committed to integrating publicly funded human services to better serve whole families.

While the needs are clear – persistent challenges experienced by some families, siloed categorical funding, systemic racial inequalities, under-resourced and resistant public institutions – there are rarely opportunities for national researchers and program managers to engage in dialogue about the insights uncovered from research and practice.

We invite you to join us in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Keep an eye out for future announcements on this summit. You can join our Update list below to be kept in the loop for registration and details. 

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The Future Services Institute

Who we are

Our organization aspires to advance human services into the 21st century. Our team of committed staff believes in pushing boundaries for a more equitable and strong Minnesota. 

Our organization and the team


What we do

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Our broad range of programmatic areas span the needs that we see in the human services sector. Click on the links below to find out what we can do for you. 

To encourage cross-collaboration and learning among those of us working in human services and workforce development, we create Peer Learning Networks ›

Need help on organizational change and innovation support for specific projects? Look no further than our Innovation Labs ›

Want to know how well your projects are going? We use cutting-edge practices to do Program Evaluation

We care about your professional and leadership development. Discover how you can go further with our Leadership Development programs 

We want to hear from you

We understand that the work we do in the human services sector cannot be done in isolation. That is why we would love to hear from you.

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