Our research equips communities with tools for transformative change

Our Work
What does this look like in practice? 

Our partnership and evaluation research is responsive to community needs and the critical direct service and programmatic work happening locally here in Minnesota.


We work in partnership with organizations and agencies to evaluate programs and processes, and provide recommendations for meaningful change. 

Research Projects
Our Partners Include
MN Second Chance Coalition • City of Saint Paul
MN Asset Building Coalition • Transform Justice for All 
Who does our research?

Our research program is led by our Research Director in partnership with a Research Steering Committee. Our growing team of Research Managers and Research Assistants are on-the-ground designing evaluations, collecting data, working with partners, and contributing to research products and the creation of educational tools and policies.

Our research is guided by five core values:


We view knowledge as co-created and generate our research ideas with and in community. 


We strive for rigorous high standards for data collection and analysis, understanding the myth of pure objectivity while seeking balance and openness to learn and shift what we believe.


We seek diverse life experiences, expertise, and perspectives. 


We require commitment from community members to deeply engage with our work and use our research to hold hard conversations. 


We strive to push our research to meaningfully affect change.

Support Our Work
A gift to MNJRC enables us to continue our research, education, and policy development that directly impact and create a criminal justice system that aligns with our commonly held-values.

The Minnesota Justice Research Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The work of MNJRC is made possible by the generous support of local organizations and community members who believe that practical, high-impact research and policy development can help to create a more effective, humane and equitable justice system for all Minnesotans.​

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