Ideas at work

Find initiatives working to improve Minnesota's economy and learn about proven strategies for action.

Initiatives and collaborations

Governor's Workforce Development Council
The GWDC works with local workforce councils throughout the state to develop policies for the Governor and the Legislature that ensure a globally-competitive workforce for Minnesota. See also the Minnesota Workforce Council Association.

Minnesota Budget Project
An initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Promotes tax fairness and a balanced approach to the state budget.

Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers
Directs economic and social resources toward underserved communities.

The Mineapolis Saint Paul Workforce Innovation Network is a philanthropic collaborative formed in 2013 to strengthen the workforce in the region, and promote economic opportunity for all.

Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Helps entrepreneurs of color succeed.

Minnesota Taxpayers Association
A nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to the advancement of efficient, economic government.

Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) - A reference for effective child and youth programs. It organizes the programs by outcome, age, and developmental stage.

Promising Practices Network - Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

Healthy San Bernardino County & Healthy Communities Institute- Promising practices database for multiple topic areas.

Social Programs that Work - Includes information about social program interventions across an array of topics, including early childhood through postsecondary education, housing, employment, crime, and health and mental health. Sponsored by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

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