Social connectedness and health: A resource for the Connect for Health Challenge
Wilder Research, March 2012, 8 pp.
This summary piece includes key measures of social connectedness in Minnesota, including its influence on health outcomes. Suggestions for ways that communities can promote greater levels of social connectedness are also introduced. more info >
Soul of the Community: Grand Forks
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, February 2011, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there. more info >
A tale of two cities: Civic health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul
National Conference on Citizenship, January 2011, 39 pp.
Compares civic engagement in the Twin Cities compared to Miami, the highest and lowest ranked areas in the nation. It provides data on volunteering, voting, membership in voluntary groups, helping neighbors, use of the news media, and discussion of current events. more info >
The 2007 Minnesota Internet Survey: Tracking the progress of broadband
Center for Rural Policy and Development, June 2008, 8 pp.
Major findings from an annual survey about computer, Internet and braodband adoption throughout Minnesota. Results include comparisons between rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities. more info >
Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement
Harvard School of Public Health - MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement, January 2004
Examines the possibility and potential impact of a national effort to mobilize Baby Boomers to contribute their time, skills and experience to address community problems. more info >
Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, December 2001, 100 pp.
Discusses social capital and principles for social capital building in the workplace; arts; politics and government; religion; and schools, youth organizations and families. more info >