The reports and publications linked below
highlight the process and evaluation results of the 10 years of the Backyard
2018 10-Year Summary Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
Assessment, evaluation, and research within the BYI was a
collaborative effort where all participating members were acknowledged as
having knowledge, experience and commitment that was relevant to the scope of
the project. Given these principles, dissemination of research was considered
both an opportunity and a responsibility of project participants.
Community at the Core:
The Backyard Initiative Evaluation Findings (2018): The results of the 2018 BYI
evaluation reveal important considerations for an effective community health
improvement effort that enables participants to engage, to build systems of support,
and to better take care of their health.
at the Core: The Backyard Initiative Evaluation Findings (2016): This
report describes the process and results of a survey conducted from June
through September 2016 to better understand the impact of the Backyard
Initiative's Community Health
Action Teams' activities on participants' health as defined by the health
priorities of the BYI.
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
Benefits 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
the BYI approach changed Backyard residents' ability to take care of their own
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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