Ideas at work

Find initiatives working to strengthen Minnesota's workforce, and learn about proven strategies for action.

Initiatives and collaborations

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. 

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.

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

Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Helps entrepreneurs of color succeed.

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.

Workforce Assessment Initiative
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Workforce Assessment initiative addresses the state’s growing skills gap. The Workforce Assessment will engage employers in developing precise projections for how many workers and professionals, with what kinds of skills, will be needed in our area, for what kinds of jobs.

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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