2019–2020 Partner Communities

Students participating in RCP

This year, the Resilient Communities Project introduced a new Small-Scale RCP Partnership option, designed for communities that want to collaborate with University of Minnesota faculty and students on 1–5 projects. Below are some of the projects that will be under way this year with our partner communities—Scott County, St. Anthony Village, Ramsey, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), and League of Minnesota Cities

Do you have a project idea that could benefit from research or technical assistance? It's not too late to apply for a Small-Scale RCP Partnership!


Strengthening Community Engagement to Move Public Health Equity Data to Action (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: Engage a broad and diverse range of county residents to support a community-led initiative around healthy eating and physical activity. 
Partner: Scott County
Project Lead: Lindsay Aijala, Scott County Public Health Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) Coordinator

PA 5041: Qualitative Methods (Instructor: Dr. Greta Friedemann-Sanchez) Fall 2019 | Final Report
PA 8081: Public Engagement Capstone
(Instructor: Lisa Barajas) Spring 2020 Final Report | Final Presentation


Creating Mobility Hubs to Connect Transportation Modes (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: Envision the design of suburban mobility hubs, using the Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee as an example case. 
Partner: Scott County 
Project Lead: Alan Herrmann, SmartLink Transit Supervisor

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2019
PA 8991: Independent Study (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Spring 2020 | Final Presentation


Driving toward an Electric Future: Policy and Research for Electric Vehicles (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: Explore the feasibility of an electric vehicle–charging infrastructure network and multimodal transportation system in St. Anthony Village using community feedback, education, and case-study research.
Partner: City of St. Anthony Village
Project Lead: Jay Hartman, Public Works Director

PA 8991: Independent Study (Student: Kim Napoline, Faculty Adviser: Frank Douma) Fall 2019 | Final Report


Seeking a Sustainable Model to Fund the Maintenance and Reconstruction of Local Roads (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: Identify alternatives for providing a stable and sustainable funding source for local road maintenance and reconstruction projects, informed by case-study and best-practices analysis of comparable cold-climate cities in Minnesota and other states  
Partner: City of Ramsey
Project Lead: Kurt Ulrich, City Administrator

PA 5041: Qualitative Methods (Instructor: Dr. Greta Friedemann-Sanchez) Spring 2020 Final Report | Final Presentation


Evaluating Stable Homes, Stable Schools (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: Evaluate the effectiveness of the Stable Homes, Stable Schools pilot program.
Partner: Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA)
Project Lead: Alyssa Erickson, Director of Research & Analytics

Program Evaluation Internship


Responding to the Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota: Researching the National Response (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalResearch how cities in other states have developed formal programs and partnerships to address the opioid epidemic and develop recommendations and best practices to be included in an online Opioid Toolkit.
Partner: League of Minnesota Cities
Project Lead: Luke Fischer, Deputy Director and Patricia Beety, General Counsel

PA 8081: Planning and Public Affairs Capstone (Instructor: Dr. Greg Lindsay) Spring 2020 Final Report | Final Presentation


Responding to the Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota: Researching the Statewide Response (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalIdentify cities in Minnesota that have developed formal programs, partnerships, policies, or ordinances to address the opioid epidemic and develop recommendations and best practices to be included in an online Opioid Toolkit.
Partner: League of Minnesota Cities
Project Leads: Rachel Walker, Policy Analysis Manager and Luke Fischer, Deputy Director

RCP Fellows Team: Spring 2020 Final Report Final Presentation


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