Top 10 Most-Viewed Studies of 2014

1. Homelessness in Minnesota 2012 Study
Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness. New reports released in 2014 focused on adults 55 and older in Minnesota and homeless children and their families. On any given night, more than 3,500 children in Minnesota are homeless. Half are age 5 or younger.
 
Neighborhood, income, education, and race all influence health outcomes, according to this study examining the economic and social factors that influence health in the Twin Cities. Commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, reports are available from 2010 and 2012. Related: In early 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health released a legislative report calling for the state to address health inequities.
 
This study of supportive housing in Minnesota looked at the characteristics of programs and the populations they serve, outcomes achieved by participants over time, and the program models that appear to work best for participants. Another take on the study findings comes from Patrick Troska of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.
 
This series of research papers presents data and strategies for addressing racial, income, and gender gaps in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) achievement, college readiness, interest, degree completion, and workforce participation. Can’t get enough STEM? Check out the STEM section of Minnesota Compass.
 
The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood is an initiative to ensure all children have the resources they need to succeed. The Promise Neighborhood encompasses a 250-block area in the Summit-University and Frogtown neighborhoods. The most recent reports from this study examine the Freedom School summer learning program. Related: Access neighborhood profiles for all of Minneapolis and Saint Paul neighborhoods.
 
Tip sheets prepared by Wilder Research staff to help educate users on the ins and outs of evaluation for your organization. Recent tip sheets address evaluating prevention programs and information about return on investment (ROI) studies. Related: Check out this Evaluation Basics e-learning course.
 
The 2010 Minnesota Legislature directed Minnesota’s Early Childhood Advisory Council to make recommendations on the creation and implementation of a statewide School Readiness Report Card to monitor the state’s progress toward the goal of having all children ready for kindergarten by the year 2020. Check out related early childhood research.
 
Trying to find a way to measure the success of your collaboration? This tool includes 20 research-tested success factors to help you. The free online version of the tool is popular, too. All of this comes from Wilder Research’s Paul Mattessich, whose book Collaboration: What Makes it Work is currently being updated (new edition to be published in 2015).
 
Project Early Kindergarten is a pre-kindergarten program at elementary schools, child care centers, and family child care homes aligned with the Saint Paul Public School’s K-12 curriculum model. PEK aims to bolster the school success of children at risk of poor academic performance. Two recent reports address the potential return on investment and results of a longitudinal study of the program.
 
Annual reports from Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Data describe shelter stay patterns and demographic characteristics of those served by HMIS programs, including emergency shelters and transitional housing. 
 

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