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Have questions that you need help answering? CURA can help

Apply today - Deadline October 30

Apply today - Deadline October 30

September 18, 2017

Is your organization working to address community issues?
Have questions you need help answering?

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds the power and capacity of community-based organizations or government agencies to create social change through partnerships with the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects. The projects will run from January-June 2018. 

Apply today - Deadline October 30

Before applying review the Community Based Research Application Guide which is available here.

More details on submitting your proposal:

The Nelson Program is generously funded by the McKnight Foundation.

Fall 2017 Project Highlights

The Fall 2017 Community Based Research projects are currently being conducted. Below is a sampling of the projects. 

Blue Line Coalition (Nexus Community Partners)
Financing Equitable Transit Oriented Development
The Blue Line Coalition’s mission is to build community-based power to advance local and regional equity and community health by securing community benefits, changing policies and systems to support the creation of wealth and well-being of communities of color, immigrant/refugees, migrants, people living with disabilities and low-income communities along the Blue Line Corridor. The research project will provide the coalition a tool that includes key development/financing concepts, 3-4 examples of successful Equitable Transit Oriented Development funding initiatives applicable to the Blue Line Corridor, and if appropriate – financial projections of revenue generated. The research will inform advocacy efforts for dedicated resources to support Equitable Transit Oriented Development.

Women Venture
Pathway to Co-operative Childcare
The mission of Women Venture is to help women attain economic self-sufficiency through the creation and growth of profitable and sustainable businesses. Women Venture is currently developing a training program for women who are interested in creating a child care business and being part of a co-operative business model. The goal is to create profitable child care businesses that offer higher wages for the providers and high quality of care for children. This project will inform an evaluation system that will measure the relevance and impact of both the cooperative model utilized within child care, as well as a shared services entity and how they contribute towards increasing provider wages, improving overall child care businesses profitability, maintaining or strengthening the quality of care, and increasing leadership capacity among participants. 

New American Development CenterThe Financial and Economic Challenges of Somalis
New American Development Center is a resident and constituent-driven nonprofit organization that works with African/Somali community in Minnesota. Its programs and services are a direct response to the needs, concerns, and changing circumstances in the lives of the East African/immigrant community in Minnesota. This research focuses specifically on the economic challenges, barriers, and institutional roadblocks that Somalis experience. The research will be used to authentically communicate the needs of the Somali community to public officials and institutions.

Neighborhood House
Juvenile Justice-Involved Girls Research Project
The Neighborhood House mission is to help people gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. It achieves this mission by meeting basic needs and offering lifelong learning opportunities to people of all ages that create pathways out of poverty. Currently, through their GROW (Girls Realizing Our Worth) initiative, they offer programs that address immediate basic needs while also building on the strengths, abilities, and assets of the participants. The project will examine existing programs, policies and practices aimed at supporting and providing basic needs of justice-involved females.