The Future Services Institute introduces our collection of learning materials to enrich and grow the field of human services. Here, we have 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. Don't miss out on our longer papers, the FSI Reports, showcasing deep dives into specific topics that are at the cutting edge of our sector.

 

FSI Briefs

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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 >> 

 
 

FSI Reports

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Developing a Two-Generational Policy Network in Minnesota: 2017 State Level Developments

Written by Rachel Kutcher and Jodi Sandfort
January 2018

This descriptive report highlights the activities of the Minnesota 2-Gen Policy Network in 2017. This includes the concept of a two-generational approach, examples of local sites doing work with this approach, and some implications for ways forward in Minnesota. Read this report >>

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Supporting Workers without College Degrees in Minnesota: Lessons for the Workforce Development Field

Written by Robin Phinney
March 2018

This report describes the key findings from the Minnesota Employer Survey, a statewide survey focused on employer activity related to less-skilled workers and engagement with the publicly-funded workforce development system. In addition to presenting key findings from the survey, the report situates the survey findings within existing social science research to provide context for understandinghow employer practices matter for the employment and career advancement of less-skilled workers.  Read this report >>