The Future Services Institute introduces the FSI Briefs, our collection of practice-minded short papers featuring what we have learned from research, sector observation, and current trends impacting the future of human services. 

 
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The Changing Composition of Minnesota's Safety Net

Written by Weston Merrick, Robin Phinney, Colleen Heflin, and Yumiko Aratani
August 2017

This brief shares trends in Minnesota, where participants of federal welfare, food assistance, and disability programs became increasingly diverse. In addition, although educational attainment increased among program recipients, trends in employment were similar and many participants remained in deep poverty. These trends suggest the need for new approaches that align with changing participant needs. Read this brief >>

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Service Organization and Data Use: Learnings from the Workforce Development Field

Written by Weston Merrick
January 2018

Nonprofits understand that data can help allocate resources, improve service quality, and communicate impact. In practice, however, collecting, aligning, and deploying data across multi-level organizations is difficult. Participating organizations had a range of expertise and experience in using data. Organizations furthest along the data use continuum tended to share a collective understanding of the purpose of data and knew the appropriate actions to take when presented with information. Read this brief >>