A program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, HUP's mission is to to improve the well-being of our community by fostering innovative and mutually-beneficial county-university collaborations.
HUP was established in 2004 as a jointly funded program between Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota. A master cooperative agreement (MCA) was established in 2007 to reduce administrative barriers to collaborative work between the institutions. From 2012 to 2021, HUP catalyzed more than 200 projects totaling over $3.7 million in funding. Since its inception, HUP has become a nationally recognized model of collaboration between academia and local government.
Research & Evaluation Collaborations
- Making Connections | We establish initial connections between faculty and county staff. These connections may lead to a collaboration, or simply be an opportunity to learn from each other.
- Supporting Research | We work closely with county staff and UMN faculty to facilitate high-impact research and evaluation projects that support county priorities.
- Mixers | County staff and faculty work together to identify and propose collaborative projects, which are then reviewed and selected for funding.
Graduate Student Research
- Capstones & Class Projects | Students work on county-identified projects over a semester, providing students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real-world challenges.
- HUP Evaluation Assistantship | Students develop and launch evaluation plans for select county programs. Learn more
- HUP Collaborative Research Assistantship | Students conduct applied research while partaking in development opportunities. Learn more
- Newsletters | Bi-weekly emails outline relevant UMN and HUP events and opportunities for county staff, and quarterly emails provide updates on the impact of HUP projects.
- Webinars | Prominent faculty present monthly to county staff on relevant topics, such as child well-being, green energy, and housing policy.