Ideas at work

Learn about collaborations and initiatives working to better serve Minnesota's students, and find proven strategies for action.

initiatives and collaborations

College Readiness Consortium
Helps students master the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education.

Generation Next Partnership
A broad partnership of organizations and leaders from across the Twin Cities to ensure that children of all socio-economic backgrounds are well prepared for success in the 21st century. It is modeled on the national Strive Initiative.

Minnesota Independent School Forum
Informs lawmakers, policy makers, and the general public about the contributions independent education makes, increases the sector's capacity for collective action, and advances positions of common interest on behalf of K-12 independent schools.

Minnesota Minority Education Partnership
Seeks to increase success of students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and Universities.

Minnesota P-20 Partnership
Works to improve the student transition to postsecondary education.

Minnesota Reading Corps
A statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of 3rd grade. The program places AmeriCorps members in sites to implement a researched-based early-literacy effort to help struggling readers.

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

The NAZ Promise Neighborhood is a collaboration of organizations and schools partnering with families in a geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis to prepare children to graduate from high school ready for college.

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) is a community-wide initiative to provide the academic and social supports children need to succeed in school and in life.

Schools for Equity in Education (SEE)
Works to ensure that all schools funding is as equal as possible. 

A network of after-school and summer programs that connects youth to activities and programs that match their interests and also helps those programs succeed. Sprocketst is a collaboration of many community organizations, the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Public Schools.

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."

Best Evidence Encyclopedia - Presents reviews of research-proven education programs in math, reading, science, early childhood, and comprehensive school reform. From Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research and Reform in Education.

The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews - Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions on education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre - Systematic reviews in multiple areas, including education, health, and social welfare. Part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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

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.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) - Searchable registry of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide - A database of scientifically-proven programs that address the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.

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

Results First Clearinghouse Database - Provides information on the effectiveness of interventions as rated by eight national evidence-based databases. Topics include: criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, mental health, education, substance abuse, and youth development.

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.

What Works Clearinghouse - Central source for identifying education programs that work. From the Institute of Education Sciences.

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