ACE Interface Evaluation Project

Over the past three years we have trained more than 130 diverse Minnesotans to present this curriculum and share this information with their families and communities. This summer Maxine Freedman interviewed 29 members of our ACE Interface network this summer. She and MCCC were interested in what the impact of learning about the ACE study has been for individuals and their communities. More specifically, we wanted to know:

  • What was the value of this curriculum for the presenters?
  • What were the presenters able to do with the knowledge about ACEs that they couldn't do before?

The goal of these interviews was to determine the value of the curriculum for interview participants and the ripple effects beginning to happen in their communities because of their work with the ACE Interface curriculum.This research was conducted by Maxine Freedman, a student at Macalester College, who is the recipient of a Chuck Green Fellowship. The fellowship trains participants on how to analyze and address community-based issues.  Participants, then go on to implement these recommendations at a community-based organization. Maxine choose MCCC to invest her energy and time into because of our work around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs.) Corelle Nakamura, an evaluation intern from the  University of Minnesota in Community Health Promotion, assisted with the analysis of the interview data.

To read the full report please click The Value of Understanding ACEs Project Report or to get a quick summary of the project check out the The Value of Understanding ACEs Map that Maxine created. Also head on over to MCCC's youtube channel to check out the The Value of Understanding ACEs Video.