2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
Research, evaluation and assessment within the BYI are a collaborative effort where all participating members are acknowledged as having knowledge, experience and commitment that is relevant to the scope of the project. Given these principles, dissemination of research is considered both an opportunity and a responsibility of project participants.
The publications below were co-created by the
Allina Health Division of Applied Research and the Backyard community.
Community at the Core: Backyard Initiative Assessment Report (2009): This report describes the Backyard Initiative's community needs assessment process, and summarizes the findings and recommendations from 21 listening circles and 677 walk-around interviews.
Community at the Core: The Backyard Initiative Community Health Survey: Summary of the Findings (2013): This report describes the Backyard Initiative's 2013 community health survey that collected information on five health-related areas: (1) social support, (2) social cohesion, (3) health literacy, (4) perceived stress, and (5) patient activation. A total of 206 people completed the survey.
Backyard Initiative Community Health Survey: Assessing Social Cohesion and
General Health Status (2015): This poster describes how data from the Community Health Survey was used to assess the relationship between social cohesion and general health status in the Backyard. It was presented at the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting.
Community at the Core: The Backyard Initiative Evaluation Findings (2016): 2016 Allina Health Backyard Initiative Evaluation Findings Booklet.
The Backyard Initiative Evaluation Findings (2016)
to Backyard Residents (2015): This report describes the Backyard Initiative's initial assessment of the benefits of the BYI to Backyard residents. This stage of the evaluation sought to answer the question "Has the BYI approach changed Backyard
residents' ability to take care of their own health?"
Initiative Evaluation Report: Development of CHAT Capacity for Health Promotion (2014): This report describes the Backyard Initiative's assessment of CHATs' ability to implement health promotion activities and impact community health.
Leadership and Management of the Backyard Initiative Partnership (2012): This report describes the Backyard Initiative's initial input evaluation which asked whether the "right people" and the "right process" were in place to achieve the initiative's short and long-term goals.
The Alley, the community newspaper of the Phillips Community in Minneapolis, regularly reports on the Backyard Initiative.
What is the Backyard Initiative?: The March 2016 issue of The Alley included a detailed description of the history and work of the Backyard Initiative.
Backyard Initiative Community Health Action Teams: Achievements in 2013: The December 2013 issue of The Alley included a three-page insert detailing the Backyard Initiative’s process and describing CHAT achievements in 2013.
Presenting to You: The Faces, Voices and Work of the Backyard Initiative: The July 2012 issue of The Alley was largely dedicated to reflecting the voices and activities over the past year of the Backyard Initiative.
The Backyard Initiative: Strengthening Community Health Improvement: The August 2011 issue of The Alley included a four-page insert with updates on what's happening in the Backyard, details about Community Health Action Teams (CHATs) and a focus on mental health improvement.
A Community-Corporate Partnership to Improve Health: The May 2010 issue featured a four-page insert on the community needs assessment with insights from Allina Health staff and community residents.
A Minneapolis neighborhood improves health from grassroots up