Top 10: Most-Viewed Studies in 2016

Each year we highlight the year's most-read studies from our website so you can find out what you might have missed.

1. Homelessness in Minnesota 2015

Initial results from the triennial Minnesota Homeless Study drew a lot of attention in 2016. The one-night statewide survey showed that homelessness went down for the first time since 2006. Conducted every three years since 1991, the study provides the most comprehensive information available about people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.

2. Collaboration Factors Inventory

A perennial favorite, this tool includes 20 research-tested success factors to help you measure the success of your collaboration. The free online version of the tool is popular, too. Wilder Research Executive Director Paul Mattessich is currently updating and expanding his book Collaboration: What Makes it Work for a third edition, due out soon.

3. Speaking for Ourselves

In this study, we surveyed immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities area about their perceptions and experiences related to education, housing, health, employment, finances, and more. Learn more about Speaking for Ourselves and innovative strategies organizations are using to address issues participants identified in the study. Related: Foundation Support of Immigrant Communities published in The Foundation Review.

4. Healthy Food Access

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research conducted a mixed-methods study to provide information to those interested in improving Minnesota's food retail environment.

5. Program Evaluation and Research Tips

This series of tip sheets written by Wilder Research staff explain the what, why, and how of program evaluation. Most recent tip sheets address evaluating prevention programs and information about return on investment (ROI) studies. Also, check out this Evaluation Basics e-learning course and the recently updated evaluATOD website.

6. Health Equity in Prevention

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota provided funding to organizations through the Health Equity in Prevention initiative to advance health equity through policy, systems, and environmental changes. In 2016, Wilder Research prepared a series of Promising Practices briefs related to grantees’ work to advance health equity, from food systems to tobacco-free policies.

7. Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach

How well is Minnesota serving its youngest children? This study provides the first county-by-county look at risks to the healthy development of young children and the coverage of publicly funded services to meet children’s needs. Minnesota Compass recently launched a Risk and Reach section, giving users the opportunity to examine the data interactively. 

8. Safe Harbor

The implementation of a law designed to identify and serve children who are exploited for commercial sex in Minnesota drew great interest this year. Results from an evaluation of the Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door model show that youth throughout the state are affected.

9. Supportive Housing Outcomes in Minnesota

A study of supportive housing in Minnesota, including time-limited transitional housing and permanent supportive housing. The study looked at the characteristics of the programs and the populations they serve, outcomes achieved by participants over time, and the program models that appear to work best for participants.

10. Health Inequities in the Twin Cities

See how neighborhood, income, education, and race all influence health outcomes in the Twin Cities. The most recent study also includes a supplement on three “upstream” factors that contribute to health inequities: access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity, and social connectedness. Related: Check out the Metrics for Healthy Communities website, which provides tools and measures to help evaluate community health improvement initiatives, especially across sectors.

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