We believe in bringing you world-class research to provoke your thoughts and inspire you to improve the work you do. 

As part of the University of Minnesota's goals to bring engaged scholarship to the community and in equipping you to do challenging complex work in human services, we want you to have access to relevant research in the human services sector. 

We distill research to a few key actionable points for you to consider as part of your strategic decisions. These research summaries provide a broad snapshot, with a few links for further exploration of the topics, and some questions for reflection.

 

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Improving Workforce Diversity

As Minnesota becomes more diverse, it is important to have the workforce match that. Here are tips on how to hire and retain a more diverse workforce. Diversity is not just in race and ethnicity, but also in gender, sexual orientation and more.

 
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Strengths-based Hiring

Transforming hiring from a focus on technical skills to finding people who have the motivations and strengths to fit the role, and finding people who want the role, not just can do the role.

 

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Poverty Research: Current Trends

This brief summarizes “What do we know about poverty, right now?” This is in response to a need that was identified at the Management Learning Network Retreat, in June 2016, for a better understanding of what is known about poverty. To answer this inquiry, we conducted a comprehensive scan of current research and publications on poverty topics, produced by national and local poverty-focused research and advocacy centers between January 2015 and July 2016. This is a summary of the current conversations about poverty among national research.

 
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SNAP: Is it working?

This brief summarizes the basic research surrounding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest successful anti-hunger program in the U.S., commonly known as food stamps. This brief was prepared from the findings in the book SNAP matters: How food stamps affect health and well-being, published in late 2015. The book covers many topics and its overarching findings contend that SNAP is a reactive to the economy and one of the most effective antipoverty programs.

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How Poverty Effects Children and Development

A summary of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Mediators and Adverse Effects of Child Poverty in the United States,” a technical report on the links between poverty and children’s growth.