Putting Research into Practice

AmeriCorps is a Proven Solution

ServeMinnesota’s research and innovation team drives data gathering and analysis to improve our programs and better serve communities.

Published Research Studies

The following publications validate the impact of ServeMinnesota programs, including Reading Corps and Math Corps:

Center for Advancing Research to Practice​

National service has the potential to close the research-to-practice gap. Each year, individuals commit billions of hours toward improving their communities. This is a massive resource that can be aligned with best practices from research to make a real, profound impact.  

ServeMinnesota’s Center for Advancing Research to Practice is dedicated to closing the gap — using research to identify what works best in communities and applying those findings in practice through national service programs.  

The Center for Advancing Research to Practice is uniquely positioned at the nexus of research and service. Its mission is to ensure national service is an effective solution to complex social problems. 

 

Blending Science with Service

Our Funding
Partners

Brady Education Foundation

The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement gap for children living in poverty by promoting collaboration between researchers and educators to assist children who are at risk of poor school outcomes.

In 2015, the Brady Education Foundation awarded ServeMinnesota a two-year grant to design and complete a randomized, controlled trial of Minnesota Math Corps. The results validate that combining the people power of AmeriCorps with effective math instruction puts students on the path to algebra proficiency. Math Corps students in grades 4-8 made gains in math skills that were significantly larger than students who did not participate. At the end of the study, Math Corps students were an average of 2-3 months ahead of their expected trajectory, narrowing or closing the gap between their beginning skill level and grade level goals. 

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports governments and nonprofit organizations in building the evidence base for social interventions and using reliable data to make decisions.

The Foundation has provided funding to continue rigorous evaluation of Math Corps. This study, conducted during the 2016-17 school year, will allow us to determine the impact of Math Corps on the probability of students’ attaining proficiency on the state test. Further, this year-long study will result in a more comprehensive understanding of the degree to which Math Corps contributes to closing the achievement gap. 

U.S. Dept. of Education Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, invests in evidence-based programs and evaluations to find what works to solve problems in economic opportunity, health, and youth development.

SIF supported the pilot of a vocabulary intervention, MAVRIC. Evidence shows that students from lower-income families arrive at Kindergarten with a significant vocabulary gap. MAVRIC was designed to help close the gap through targeted intervention in K-1st grade. 

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Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, invests in evidence-based programs and evaluations to find what works to solve problems in economic opportunity, health, and youth development.

SIF supported the pilot of a vocabulary intervention, MAVRIC. Evidence shows that students from lower-income families arrive at Kindergarten with a significant vocabulary gap. MAVRIC was designed to help close the gap through targeted intervention in K-1st grade. 

Corporation for National and Community Service Planning Grant

ServeMinnesota was given an exciting opportunity to build out a component of Math Corps to expose students to STEM careers thanks to a planning grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Through this grant, we will partner with local businesses in STEM fields of study to adopt a more comprehensive approach to generating student interest during the 2017-18 school year. Specifically, professionals from the field will share their experiences (current and past) with youth in the Math Corps program to expose students to STEM careers and create excitement about how math is used to solve real world problems.

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W. K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides support for programs promoting the health, happiness, and well-being of children, particularly vulnerable populations, so that they can reach their full potential.

In 2014, the foundation provided funding for a pilot to bring the proven Reading Corps program into Licensed Family Child Care centers. The program engages tutors, providers, and families in supporting the learning needs of each child. Tutors model interventions for providers, who also receive professional development to improve their caregiving. Families receive literacy activities and guidance to advocate for their children within the school system. Results from the first few years of implementation are impressive: 97% of children have shown growth in three of five literacy measures, indicating readiness for Kindergarten! Learn more about Licensed Family Child Care Reading Corps.

 

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