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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Equity Works Leadership Institute Cohort 2 applications are now open!

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The Equity Works Leadership Institute (EWLI) serves to build leadership capacity for racial equity across Minnesota’s workforce development sector. EWLI will begin its second cohort December 2017 with seven day-long sessions which will convene on a 3-week cycle.  This 7-session leadership program is designed to engage individuals providing training, development, funding, and employment to minimally skilled and credentialed adults workers.
Core Program Components Aim to:

  • Identify, investigate and disseminate workforce development practices that address the equity crisis impacting communities of color and American Indians.
  • Develop program adaptation and implementation methods across the sector.  
  • Examine policy and program guidelines through the lens of equity.

Session Dates: 12/1/17, 12/15/17, 1/5/18, 1/26/18, 2/16/18, 3/9/18, and 3/30/18

APPLY HERE! Last day to apply is October 20, 2017

About Equity Works
Equity Works is a peer learning network that seeks to build capacity and cultivate best practices in Minnesota’s workforce development system. We do this by engaging workforce development service organizations and individual stakeholders across sectors, around effective program practices that lead to results. The purpose of Equity Works is to cultivate workforce development practices and systems that lead to outcomes which address the equity crisis impacting communities of color and American Indians in Minnesota. Visit HERE for detailed information about Equity Works.


SAVE THE DATE: Redesign for Whole Families

Redesign for Whole Families: 1st Annual Research, Policy & Practice Series & Summit
May 14 & 15, 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

In May 2018, the Future Services Institute 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. Come engage in days of rich dialogue. Rarely there are opportunities for national researchers and program managers to engage in mutual dialogue about the insights uncovered from research and practice. We need to consider: what needs to be taken into account to design more effective programs and systems to support families?

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. If you are local to Minnesota, join us throughout December 2017 to April 2018 for our series of pre-summit brown bags!

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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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