Humphrey School Announces Annual Local Government Innovation Awards
Cities, counties, townships, schools and Native nations invited to submit their creative solutions for serving the public
Minneapolis, MN -- August 23, 2018 - – The University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC), in collaboration with The Bush Foundation, announces its 12th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA) to recognize innovation, impact, sustainability, and potential for growth for cities, counties, townships, schools and Native nations in Minnesota.
Partners in the awards program include the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Boards Association. “Their involvement in the program ensures the integrity of review and serves as a way to gain ongoing feedback on the challenges local governments face,” says Jay Kiedrowski, Humphrey School senior fellow and LGIA program lead. “As we determined last year, the gaps in resources look vastly different among the categories, and it reconfirmed the need for LGIA as a means to track, understand and innovate to solve these challenges.”
In 2017, LGIA created a new category to recognize the innovative work and collaboration of Native nations and local government. Kiedrowski says, “We are pleased to enter into year two of our Native nation category award after receiving an impressive quality of 2017 entries detailing the significance of the Native nation work and partnerships at the local government level. We look forward to bringing more visibility to the work and its impact again this year.”
The Bush Foundation continues to support the LGIA and this spring announced a similar Native nation award at the Minnesota state government level, for the State Government Innovation Awards (SGIA). Eileen Briggs, who leads the Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Building Initiative, says, “We are excited to recognize Native nations at the local and state government levels through each award program. Through these efforts, we can forge new paths, projects, and programs that support co-created solutions in Minnesota.”
The Local Government Innovation Awards evaluate how the submissions create greater accountability; use incentives, charges, and targeting to meet those in need; orchestrate competitive contracting; fund consumers; manage collaboration or consolidation; deploy prevention strategies that eliminate the need for a service or divest current services to the community.
The judges, representing PNLC and the program’s partners, will consider innovation, impact and sustainability of projects. Up to 25 local government entities will be recognized. One project in each category will be recognized as a Leading Innovator and receive a professional video highlighting their work in addition to a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation. The Native nation category requires a collaborative submission between a Native nation and a city, county, township or school.
2017 LGIA winners included The City of Saint Paul, Equity Strategic Action Planning for Neighborhoods; Blue Earth County Human Services, Sheriff's Department, and Mankato Department of Public Safety, Yellow Line Project; Sunrise Township, Broadband Initiative; Pillager Public Schools, Metier; and Redwood Area School District with the Lower Sioux Indian Community, Creating Effective Culturally-Based Resources and Results for American Indian Students.
The call for entries for the 2018 LGIA runs September 17 through October 5. Winners will be recognized at a public awards celebration on December 13.
Humphrey School Recognizes 25 Local Government Projects that Demonstrate Innovation and Collaboration
Announcing the Program’s First Local Government and Native Nations Collaboration Award Winner
Minneapolis, MN - November 15, 2017— Across the state of Minnesota, local governments are finding creative ways to deliver services to their residents with greater impact and at lower cost. Examples include expanding broadband access in Greater Minnesota communities, improving educational outcomes for Native students, and enhancing emergency response to people with mental health issues.
Those projects and nearly two dozen others are being recognized by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, as recipients of its 11th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA).
The awards program is organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and its Native Nation Building Initiative; and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Association of Townships and the Minnesota School Boards Association. The awards recognize projects in five different categories, and name one overall award winner in each: cities, counties, schools, townships and new this year, Native Nations.
“In our 11th year of this program, we are encouraged to see expansive ideas about collaboration at the core of so much innovation,” said Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center. “Collaboration was readily apparent in the majority of the projects we reviewed in all categories. In particular, we saw a great deal of innovation due to collaboration in our new Native Nations category, which specifically celebrates cities, counties, townships and schools working together with at least one of Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized tribes.”
A panel of judges considered over 100 submissions for their creativity, sustainability, and collaboration. The overall winners of the five categories will receive a grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work, and a professionally produced video to use for marketing and awareness. The winners in the city, county, township and school categories will receive a $5,000 grant. The Local Government and Native Nations Collaboration Award winner will receive a $10,000 grant.
All 25 awardees will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception December 7 at 5 p.m. at the Humphrey School. To register for the event, visit http://lgia.umn.edu/
Overall category winners of the 2017 Local Government Innovation Awards are:
City Category: The City of St. Paul: Equity Strategic Action Planning for Neighborhoods
In 2017, The City of St. Paul developed Equity Strategic Action Planning for Neighborhoods to support six of its 17 district councils whose role is to ensure inclusive representation of its residents. In recognition of the challenging racial equity work necessary to achieve this, the city worked with a cohort of organizations, staff, community members and an outside advisor. The result is a disciplined approach that now guides community work in inclusive ways that reach racial parity in civic decision-making.
County Category: Blue Earth County Human Services, Sheriff's Department, and Mankato Department of Public Safety: Yellow Line Project
The Yellow Line Project (YLP) provides the earliest response possible when individuals with acute or chronic mental or chemical health problems come in contact with law enforcement. Funded by the Department of Human Services, YLP supports law enforcement and human services negotiations that provide the right services to these individuals at the right time, not after they’ve crossed “the yellow line” into jail. Results include direct savings in hospitalization and detox costs, reduced reliance on corrections and court services and more.
Township Category: Sunrise Township: Broadband Initiative
Sunrise Township spearheaded an extensive effort consisting of community meetings, required notices and securing buy-in from 50 percent of property owners to bring broadband infrastructure to their residents. In a collaborative effort between residents and the township board, they created a Subordinate Service District (SSD) to help facilitate the installation and financing of high-speed internet through Century Link. The township received a grant and began acquiring a bond while Century Link assists with funding and works to install fiber optics to SDD area residents by December 2018.
School Category: Pillager Public Schools: Metier
Metier, pronounced meteor, is an experiential learning program that teaches students in grades 5-8 to build a life and a career around flow, the happiest state wherein you feel and perform your best. It achieves significant impact by bringing in community, colleges, organizations, and individuals to share education and career paths so students can sample 15 career fields over two years. Metier, supported by the National Joint Powers Alliance and 3M’s Bush Foundation, will meet with 15+ schools in November 2017 to encourage replication.
Native Nations Category: Lower Sioux Indian Community + Redwood Area School District: Creating Effective Culturally-Based Resources and Results for American Indian Students
Lower Sioux and the Redwood Area School District’s partnership creates cultural resources and improves educational outcomes for Native students. Native students at Redwood have higher proficiencies in state math and reading assessments, and their graduation rate is above the state’s rate. This partnership led to the recent election of the first Lower Sioux tribal member to the Redwood Area School Board in over 20 years, and the district’s adoption of an unprecedented credit-bearing Dakota language class.
Here is the complete list of 2017 Local Government Innovation Awardees:
- Equity Strategic Action Planning for Neighborhoods—City of St. Paul (overall category winner)
- Recovery Assistance Program (RAP) —Shakopee Police Department
- Water Treatment Backwash Reclamation—City of Mankato
- Chatfield Wellhead Protection—City of Chatfield
- The Morris Model —City of Morris
- Yellow Line Projecct: Blue Earth County Human Services, Sheriff's Department, and Mankato Department of Public Safety (overall category winner)
- Broadband Wireless—Traverse County
- Chisago County Regulatory Approach to Solar—Chisago County
- Child Care Licensing Online Orientation—Anoka County
- Adult Shelter Connect—Hennepin County
- Broadband Initiative—Sunrise Township (overall category winner) (located in Chisago County)
- Oxford Township Water Monitoring Project—Oxford Township (located in Isanti County)
- Township Maintenance Association—Townships Working Together (located in Renville County)
- Mission Township Park Expansion—Mission Township (located in Crow Wing County)
- 2016 Gravel Road Improvement Project—Clearwater Township (located in Wright County)
- Metier—Pillager Public Schools (overall category winner)
- Minnetonka Academic Success Time (MAST)—Minnetonka High School
- Shaping Success for All Students: Financial Literacy, Career Pathways, and Business Partnerships—Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public School District
- The TigerPath Initiative—Hutchinson
- Senior Internship Program—Little Falls Community High School
Native Nations Category
- Creating Effective Culturally-Based Resources and Results for American Indian Students--Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota + Redwood Area School District (overall category winner)
- Itasca County/Leech Lake Wellness Court—Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe + Itasca County
- Rainbow Theatre Mural Project—White Earth RTC Gizhiigin Arts Incubator + City of Mahnomen
- C5 Juvenile Restorative Justice Program—Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe + Pine County
- Keeping Children Safe Through Collaboration—Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa + Carlton County Public Health and Human Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs Announces its Annual
Local Government Innovation Awards for Cities, Counties, Townships, Schools and its New Native Nations Collaboration
Minneapolis, MN -- August 17, 2017 – The University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC), in collaboration with The Bush Foundation, announces its 11th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA) to recognize innovation, impact, sustainability, and potential for growth for cities, counties, townships, schools and native nations in Minnesota.
“As we continue to work with the Bush Foundation and bring our partners together each year for review of our awards program criteria, our conversations about the innovation and collaborative nature of projects also expand,” says LGIA Program Lead and Humphrey Fellow Jay Kiedrowski. LGIA’s partners include the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, the Association of Minnesota Counties, and the Minnesota School Boards Association.
LGIA and The Bush Foundation discussions focused on Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized tribes, whose cultures and voices fulfill a distinctive role with local government in the state. “In an effort to seek more detail and heighten awareness about Native nations and the role they play in Minnesota, we are adding a fifth award category entitled Local Government and Native Nation Collaboration Award. We will be intentionally asking applicants to describe those relationships and impact as they relate to their co-created project,” notes Kiedrowski.
This new category requires a collaborative submission between a Native nation and a city, county, township or school. The Native nation recognized will receive $5,000 and the local government entity will also receive $5,000. The four original categories will all continue to individually submit their projects and award recipients will each receive $5,000. Awarded grants must be used exclusively for charitable, public purposes and cannot be used for direct or grassroots lobbying efforts.
Eileen Briggs, who leads the Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Building Initiative, says, “We are excited to be adding a specific award to recognize Native nations in the context of local government. The Bush Foundation has a history of close-knit relationships with tribal nations and LGIA is interested in elevating collaborations in the same geography. It just made sense to establish an award to encourage more work in a similar spirit.”
The award program mission to recognize excellence to drive continuing improvements in local government programs and services considers how submissions create greater accountability; use incentives, charges, and targeting to meet those in need; orchestrate competitive contracting; fund consumers; manage collaboration or consolidation; deploy prevention strategies that eliminate the need for a service or divest current services to the community.
The LGIA jury, culled from PNLC and the program’s partners, will consider innovation, impact and sustainability of projects when determining the award winners. Up to 20 local government entities will be recognized. The winner in each of the five categories will receive a professional video highlighting their work in addition to their grant.
2016 LGIA winners included City of Eden Prairie, Vacuum Dredge Box (category: city); Cormorant Township, Cormorant Township and the Cormorant Community Center (category: township); Arrowhead Health Alliance, Arrowhead Region's Telehealth Initiative (category: county); and Sioux Trail Elementary, Cultural Proficiency: Translating Beliefs and Actions into Student Success (category: schools).
Entries for the 2017 LGIA will be accepted from September 18, 2017 to 4 p.m. CST on October 6, 2017. Award winners will be recognized at the LGIA Awards Celebration 4 -6 p.m. on December 7, 2017.
Southeast Minnesota's Mobile Science Lab Program Earns LGIA's Top Innovator Award
December 1, 2016
For the past seven years, a collaborative team of hands-on learners has been going about education in science-related fields in an innovative way. It’s just the type of program prime for recognition by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA).
The Mobile Science Lab Program, a collaboration of the Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC), Mayo Clinic, and Rochester Area Math Science Partnership (RAMSP) in Rochester, MN, creates a connection between classrooms and science-related careers. Traveling trailers filled with the equipment and supplies to conduct science experiments in high school classrooms support the training that teachers receive during an intensive professional development experience. The program first received an LGIA in 2011, two years into their mobile lab program. In 2016 as LGIA celebrates its tenth annual awards, the program is receiving LGIA’s Top Innovator Award for their continued innovation, increasing reach and meaningful impact.
In a conversation with SCC’s Amy Grover, LGIA learned more about the labs. The concept to create them arose from looking at data that indicated Mayo Clinic’s teacher professional development program’s were not translating into area high school students seeking a career in the medical field upon graduation.
Ross Aleff, a Mayo Clinic research technologist and instrumental leader in the lab’s evolution since the beginning, pinpointed the missing link: access to equipment and consumables needed for experiments. “When the lab began in 2009, teachers who completed the training at Mayo were the first to test out the concept,” says Grover. “The teachers could do much more with access to the labs than they could in the classroom alone. It was so positively received by teachers and students alike that we knew we wanted to do more. The need was there.”
In the United States and around the world, similar lab concepts in Texas, West Virginia and India have popped up, but Amy says the lab size, program and experiment flexibility, teacher-led instruction, minimal cost and length of time for student interaction, are all advantages that contribute to the continued success and growth of the Mobile Science Lab Program.
“The lab is compact and its mobility is appealing so we’re finding that teachers rent it two times a year for a week at a time,” says Amy. “We’re working toward integrating more levels so teachers working with beginner to advanced students have options.”
With two existing trailers focused on molecular biology and agricultural science and the recent addition of a food sciences lab, the program has the potential to connect with more students to provide them with real-world experiences. The current list of participating teachers has now exceeded 145 from 54 school districts. Teachers from districts in Southeastern Minnesota are the primary users of the labs, but the labs have also make the trek to visit students in Iowa and Wisconsin.
Over 92% of students surveyed indicated that the experience personally impacted them in a positive way by increasing engagement in their learning, teaching them new skills, and/or increasing awareness of scientific careers. What could be cooler than hands-on learning about BioRad pGLO systems, DNA necklaces, mitochondrial DNA purifications, sub-cloning, DNA sequencing and genetically modified organisms (GMO)? And that’s just the microbiology track.
Students surveyed said things like:
It showed me how scientists work and made me feel like one.
It made science more interesting and made me want to learn more
It led to a new interest in science and I am now thinking about a career in this field.
The lab’s overarching goal is to positively impact students’ attitude towards science education as well as their understanding of the relevance of science education for their future. Since the first classroom visit in 2009, over 10,000 students have been impacted! Surveys completed following the labs show that of 18 career paths the top three selected by students include a health science career (28%), a career in the STEM field (24%) and a career in agriculture or food science (17%).
The LGIA panel of Humphrey Fellows reviewing the application was impressed with the impact and growth the program has experienced since originally winning an award in 2011. They agreed that the Mobile Science Lab Program is an innovative and impactful way to ensure that students can see themselves as real scientists and catch a glimpse of their future.
The LGIA Award Celebration will be held December 8th: REGISTER HERE.
Celebrating 10 Years of Government Innovation, Humphrey School Recognizes 19 Local Government Projects
November 18, 2016
From an environmental vacuum and a virtual health network, to reimagined community centers and culturally proficient schools, Minnesota governments are redesigning products, processes, and experiences in ways that are making an impact.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota today named 19 such projects as recipients of its tenth annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA), organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, MN Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Boards Association. The awards recognize projects in four different categories, and name one overall award winner in each: cities, counties, schools, and townships.
As a highlight this year, a Top Innovator will be selected by an esteemed jury of Humphrey School faculty and fellows and announced at a public awards celebration next month. The Top Innovator must be a past LGIA winner that has shown continued impact and demonstrated sustainability and replication over time.
"Through this program, we continue to see innovation as governments push themselves to creatively do more with less and provide members of their community with thoughtful, connected, high-caliber services," said Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School's Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center. "In our tenth year of this program, we're able to recognize programs as part of our annual process and additionally recognize a Top Innovator that has had a long-term, sustainable impact."
A panel of judges considered nearly 80 submissions for their creativity, sustainability, and collaboration. The overall winners of the four categories will receive a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work and a professionally produced video to use for marketing and awareness.
Overall category winners of the 2016 Local Government Innovation Awards include:
City Category: Innovation in Water Resource Management—Vacuum Dredge Box for Sediment Removal
The City of Eden Prairie's Utilities Division developed a system to efficiently remove sediment and other materials carried by the storm sewer system from streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. The heart of the system—a Vacuum Dredge Box (VDB)—makes it possible to perform this work in areas that are inaccessible by large equipment due to adjacent buildings, steep terrain, or limited working space.
County Category: Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition—Collaborative Integration in Person-Centered Services for Integrated Behavioral Health
Arrowhead Health Alliance, a joint-powers entity representing the Minnesota counties of Carlton, Cook, Lake, Koochiching and St. Louis, helped create The Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition (ATC). The ATC is a virtual collaborative focused on developing and expanding an integrated behavioral health network that connects community behavioral health providers with schools, jails, rural hospitals, law enforcement, tribal providers, and others to better serve its community members.
Township Category: Cormorant Township and the Cormorant Community Center
Cormorant Community Center (CCC), formerly a one-room school, has been developed into a public gathering space for social events, meetings, and family recreation. Residents use the space—which includes a workout facility, new park, and playground—for free or for a very low cost. The project has helped residents feel more socially connected, and improved their overall feeling of health and livelihood.
School Category: Cultural Proficiency—Translating Beliefs and Actions into Student Success
Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville is forging new pathways by examining beliefs, values, and assumptions to guide them in daily interactions. This model, Culturally Proficient School Systems (CPSS), expands diversity practices and equity initiatives to honor students' traditions, beliefs, and practices (culture). By re-examining the key elements of cultural competency, this model has helped create an environment of inclusion, collaboration, and healthy practices.
Here is the complete list of 2016 Local Government Innovation Awardees:
Innovation in Water Resource Management-Vacuum Dredge Box for Sediment Removal (overall category winner)
Transforming Snow Plowing Operations—City of Saint Paul Public Works
Minneapolis Organics Recycling Education and Outreach—City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste & Recycling
The Missing Link: A Complete Streets Demonstration Project—City of Alexandria
Blue Zones Project Albert Lea—City of Albert Lea
Arrowhead Region's Telehealth Initiative—Arrowhead Health Alliance (overall category winner)
St. Louis County Embedded Social Worker in Duluth Police Department Program—St. Louis County
Washington County Child Support Service Delivery Redesign—Washington County Community Services, Child Support Unit
Community Services Time and Activity—Crow Wing Community Services
Anoka SMART—Anoka County Community Social Services and Behavioral Health
Cormorant Township and the Cormorant Community Center—Cormorant Township (overall category winner)
Township Forum Mentorship Program—Irving Township, Kandiyohi County
Workman Township Service Day—Workman Township
Ambulance Station Miracle—Eyota Volunteer Ambulance Service
Cultural Proficiency:Translating Beliefs and Actions into Student Success—Sioux Trail Elementary, Burnsville (overall category winner)
Webster's Family-Style Dining—Webster Elementary, Minneapolis Public Schools
PAKRAT: Partners and Kids Reading A lot Together—St. Cloud Area School District, ISD 742
South St. Paul School and WIC Release of Information Referral Partnership—South St. Paul Public Schools
Alternative Career Pathways—Little Falls Community Schools
All 19 awardees will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception Thursday, December 8, at 4 p.m. at the Humphrey School. To register for the event, click here.
Humphrey School celebrates 10 years of government innovation
September 1, 2016
The call for entries for the 2016 LGIA runs September 19 through October 12. Winners will be recognized at a public celebration Thursday, December 8. For more information, visitlgia.umn.edu.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces a call for entries for its 10th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA) to recognize the creative and innovative ways that cities, counties, townships and schools are serving Minnesotans. Through their decade-long history, the awards—hosted in partnership with the Bush Foundation—are credited with setting a ‘gold standard’ and helping to improve the way local government entities deliver services.
Like other states, Minnesota faces an aging population, rising health care costs, and increasing demand for government services with reduced revenue. Many counties, cities, townships and schools have refused to let traditional approaches of either increasing taxes or cutting spending dictate their responses to these challenges and instead have found innovative ways to redesign their work.
“These awards bring much-needed attention to the positive efforts and impact that often happen unbeknownst to the public and largely even among government entities,” said Jay Kiedrowski, Humphrey School senior fellow and LGIA program lead. “They celebrate the full host of stakeholders involved in a project and demonstrate the level and continuum of impact that is essential to share.”
The Local Government Innovation Awards have gained traction as a meaningful way for these entities to analyze their projects each year, and share their successes and challenges with others. Winners often inspire other cities, counties, townships and schools to replicate programs or projects, helping to create a ripple effect that benefits service recipients throughout Minnesota.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary and support the program’s longevity, this year’s competition includes a new award to recognize projects that demonstrate a long-lasting impact. To be eligible, entrants must be previous LGIA winners and submit a progress report that conveys the long-term impact.
“We want to create an inspiring way to share the core learning that encourages innovation and cross collaboration for local entities,” said Kiedrowski. “This new award will help achieve that goal and ensure long-lasting commitments to these types of efforts.”
What makes the LGIA program unique is the opportunity for local government entities to submit projects for a juried review. Judges include faculty and staff from the Humphrey School's Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, the Association of Minnesota Counties, and the Minnesota School Boards Association.
Submissions are accepted in four categories: counties, cities, townships and schools. They are evaluated on how they create greater accountability; use incentives, targeting and funding to meet those in need; orchestrate competitive contracting; manage collaboration or consolidation; deploy prevention strategies that eliminate the need for a service or divest current services to the community.
Up to 20 local government entities will be recognized with 2016 awards. The winner in each of the main categories (counties, cities, townships and schools) will receive a professional video highlighting their work and a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue local government innovation and redesign.
The call for entries for the 2016 LGIA runs September 19 through October 12. Winners will be recognized at a public celebration Thursday, December 8.
The Local Government Innovation Awards, celebrating 10 years in 2016, recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships and schools are making Minnesota better by pursuing innovation and service redesign. Created by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the awards are supported by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, the Association of Minnesota Counties, and the Minnesota School Boards Association.
About The Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is ranked as one of the country’s top 10 professional public policy and planning schools. The School is long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global level and offers six distinctive master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and five certificate programs.