ARI & Beacom Research Findings 

Research at Augustana University

The Augustana Research Institute (ARI) provides cross-sector measurement, analysis and knowledge management research for communities and organizations throughout the region.

Beacom Research Fellows Program Findings

Mental Health Needs Assessment of Sioux Falls - 2023

Mental Health Needs Assessment of Sioux Falls - 2023 (Español)

This report presents the results of a study of mental health needs in the Sioux Falls area. Researchers compiled existing data and conducted focus groups and interviews with 89 individuals (both service providers and community members). The purpose of the report is to better understand perceived strengths, barriers and challenges to accessing mental health care.

Sioux Falls Civic Engagement and Voter Registration

This report summarizes measures of civic engagement in Sioux Falls and discusses the connection between civic engagement and voter participation. It includes an analysis of voter registration and participation in Sioux Falls by voting precinct and Census tract, and it compares Census tract demographics with voter activity.

Expensive and Inaccessible - Childcare in Sioux Falls

This report examines the gap between demand and supply for childcare in Sioux Falls. It summarizes findings from a survey of providers and business representatives about barriers to expanding and accessing childcare, and it estimates the effects on workforce of limited access to childcare.

Outcomes Evaluation Toolkit

This toolkit is a brief guide to the principles of outcomes evaluation. It includes tools and templates that mission-driven organizations may find useful in designing and implementing outcomes monitoring.

ARI Findings

Kid Link Terry Redlin

This report summarizes research conducted to inform the expansion of Sioux Falls Thrive’s Kid Link Initiative to the neighborhoods around Terry Redlin Elementary.

Food Security & Food Access in Sioux Falls, SD (2022)

This report is an update to the 2018 “Food Security & Food Systems in Sioux Falls, SD” report by the Augustana Research Institute for Sioux Falls Thrive. It presents the results of updated demographic analysis and identifies Census tracts in Sioux Falls that meet the criteria for low‐income, low‐access areas, commonly referred to as food deserts. It also presents results from a food availability and price survey of 151 retail stores conducted from March 27 through May 7, 2022.

2021 Sioux Falls Housing Needs Assessment

This report is a 5-year update to ARI's 2016 housing needs assessment for Sioux Falls. Commissioned by the City of Sioux Falls, this report provides updated information about population patterns, housing needs, and recommendations for meeting housing needs.

Kid Link Riverside

This report summarizes research conducted to inform the development of Sioux Falls Thrive’s Kid Link Riverside Initiative, which is intended to support children attending Laura B. Anderson Elementary (LBA).

OneRoof Pilot Program

This report presents the results of an evaluation of the OneRoof pilot program. OneRoof is a housing program developed by the Thrive Housing Action Team and the Community Outreach. The program helps families secure housing and resolve financial instability by pairing them with a Genesis mentor (a Community Outreach mentoring program) and offering property owners access to a rent and damage guarantee to cover OneRoof participants.

Mentoring Inventory and Assessment - Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls

This report presents the findings of an inventory and assessment of mentoring programs in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The report was commissioned by the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls and conducted in November and December of 2019.


Community Collaboration to Confront Homelessness

This report presents the results of a study commissioned by Minnehaha County and the City of Sioux Falls to provide information necessary to define the mission and vision of the Homeless Advisory Board (HAB) and to identify key research questions and ongoing needs for data tracking and analysis.

Thrive 2018 Food Security Report

This report documents retail and charitable food assets available in the Sioux Falls community — particularly those serving school-age children and their families — and it describes the ways in which Sioux Falls residents experience food insecurity.

Bright Futures 2018 Program Evaluation

The Bright Futures program is a transitional housing program for homeless families with children and is a joint effort of Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP), Sioux Falls Community Development (City of Sioux Falls) and the Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission.

Sioux Falls Student Safety and Out-of-School Time

Student Safety and Out-of-School Time (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is a study commissioned by Sioux Falls Thrive and conducted by the Augustana Research Institute (ARI).