Research

Intercultural Adaptation of Refugees and Rural Communities: From Burma to Minnesota

Between February 18 and September 17, 2011 Lifetrack assisted 63 Karen, 20 Karenni, and 7 Chin refugees from Burma to find employment and social service support in Austin, Minnesota. Results of in-depth, ethnographically inspired interviews with Karen and Karenni refugees assisted by Lifetrack as well as interviews with the receiving Austin community leaders are analyzed to present critical factors contributing to resettlement adaptation and satisfaction. View/Download:
 

Community Health Worker Needs Assessment

In 2015 Lifetrack began developing a staff position for a comprehensive System Navigator, also known as a Community Health Worker (CHW), to support families participating in the Lifetrack Families Together program. To inform the development of this position, Lifetrack contracted with the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (MCHWA) and Wilder Research to conduct a needs assessment to better understand the primary needs of families, the type of CHW role that would most benefit families, and how the CHW could be best incorporated into the Lifetrack organization. View/Download:
 

Lifetrack's Deaf Mentor Family Program - An Evaluation of the Experiences and Outcomes for Participating Families

In 2015, Wilder Research was contracted by Lifetrack to evaluate the Deaf Mentor Family Program. The program matches families with young children who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) with an adult who is Deaf (called a “Deaf Mentor”). The purpose of this evaluation is to assess program outcomes and to help Lifetrack understand how to best meet the needs of these families. This evaluation will also inform Lifetrack as they expand programming to include the D/HH Role Model Program, which will serve families with children ages birth to 21 with priority placed on families with young children who are newly identified as deaf or hard of hearing. View/Download:
 

Families with Young Children who are Deaf and Heard of Hearing in Minnesota

Wilder Research was contracted by Lifetrack to conduct a study to better understand the needs and preferences of families with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) related to its family mentoring programs. View/Download:
 

Unleashing Innovation: Using Everyday Technology to Improve Nonprofit Services

See how our programs and other Nonprofits throughout Minnesota have innovated through everyday technology. View/Download:
 

eWorkPlace: Exceeding Expectations! Report

Read how Lifetrack Resources is increasing staff retention and lowering staff mileage by participating as an eWorkPlace Employer in the June 2011 Exceeding Expectations report. View/Download:
 

A Rural Community's Response to its Changing Demography: Welcome to Worthington

This study is a companion study to: An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in a Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota: Nine Rays of Light Reach the Star of the North. 'Welcome to Worthington' evaluates the new communitys' capacity to provide a welcoming environment for refugees. The purpose of this study is to determine key factors in communities that lead to resettlement success. View/Download:
 

United Way: Parent Education Initiative

Lifetrack Resources was one of the 14 Greater Twin Cities United Way funded parent education programs in 2009 to serve low-income and/or culturally diverse parents and their families in order to increase the number of children who are ready to enter kindergarten. This report documents progress on program implementation and participation during the first year of the two-year Parent Education Initiative. Participant-level outcomes will be reported in the final report in February 2011. View/Download:
 

An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota

An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in a Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota: Nine Rays of Light Reach the Star of the North View/Download:
 

Minnesota Family Investment Program and Children’s Mental Health Pilot Evaluation

The Minnesota State Legislature appropriated funds to implement children’s mental health screening programs for children in families served by the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) at two pilot sites. The aim of this appropriation was to identify and address the mental health needs of children in MFIP families and modify MFIP Employment Plans to include children’s mental health activities. Screening children and referring the children to services if indicated was hypothesized to improve the parent’s getting or keeping a job. View/Download: