Research and education are central to MINCAVA’s mission. Our goal is to develop and disseminate information that is focused on the most relevant issues in the field.
Current Research Projects
Finding cost-effective ways to reduce truancy and crime: An evaluation of the Ramsey County Truancy Intervention Programs
Team: Lynette M. Renner (PI), Clea McNeely (co-PI; University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Public Health), Won Lee (Graduate Research Assistant), and Sheryl Lazarus (Consultant; National Center on Educational Outcomes)
Funder: National Institute of Justice
Project Period: 01/01/2015-12/31/2017
- Conduct a longitudinal individual-level outcome study of children in grades K-12 who participated in SAM (Student Attendance Matters) between 2004-2015;
- Determine whether implementation of the SAM program demonstrates high economic benefits relative to costs; and
- Disseminate study findings to education and legal professionals and policy makers working to reduce the incidence and impact of truancy at individual and community levels.
Siblings of children who have been maltreated: An examination of developmental outcomes and child welfare practice
Team: Lynette M. Renner (PI), Lindsay Anderson (Graduate Research Assistant), and Kristine L. Piescher (Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare)
Funder: University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
Project period: 10/1/2014-09/30/2017
- Determine the policies of Minnesota counties with respect to the identification of siblings and the inclusion of siblings in family assessments;
- Explore how siblings are included in family assessments and the extent that services are provided to the siblings of a child who is maltreated;
- Explore how IPV is included in family assessments and the extent that services are provided to children exposed to IPV; and
- Explore differential education and health outcomes for children who are maltreated, siblings of children who are maltreated, and children exposed to IPV.
Coordinated Care for IPV Survivors through the M Health Community Network
Team: Lynette M. Renner (PI), Cari J. Clark (co-PI; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health), Mary Logeais, (co-I; University of Minnesota, Department of Medicine), and Stephanie Trudeau (Graduate Research Assistant)
Funder: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health
Project period: 08/15/2015-07/31/2018
- Train all University of Minnesota Clinic and Surgery Center (CSC) providers on IPV identification, consequences, and culturally-competent prevention and intervention approaches;
- Routinize evidence-based IPV screening within the CSC clinics;
- Expand and standardize existing counseling and referral strategies for IPV, both within the clinics and across the community network;
- Operationalize and standardize documentation and communication across healthcare providers and network of IPV affiliates; and,
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the Network project on IPV-related outcomes for women, including, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, substance use and physical health, along with a decrease in re-victimization and emergency room and hospital utilization.