Top 10: Most-Viewed Studies of 2017

What research studies were people reading in the last year? See what you missed in 2017.
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; the new edition will be released in 2018.

2. Homelessness in Minnesota 2015

Analysis on youth, older adults, and homelessness on six Minnesota American Indian Reservations were all released this year, based on data from the most recent Minnesota Homeless Study and a companion study. Conducted every three years since 1991, the study provides the most comprehensive information available about people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. The next study will take place October 25, 2018.

Wilder evaluated the implementation of a law designed to identify and serve children who are commercially sexually exploited in Minnesota. Results showed that because of Safe Harbor, youth and young adult victims feel more hopeful and better prepared for the future. Related: read Laura Schauben’s deeply personal blog post, 5 Facts That Can Help You Save a Life.

4. 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. Earlier this year, Anna Bartholomay and Paul Mattessich traveled to the Netherlands to present their research on developing effective services and supports for immigrants and refugees at The International Metropolis Conference. 

5. Delta Dental – Dental Therapy Case Studies

With support from Delta Dental of Minnesota, two Minnesota dental clinics added a dental therapist to increase access to oral health care. Wilder conducted case studies at each clinic that showed the roles increased access to oral health care and increased revenue. Dental therapists are primary oral health professionals that can practice in settings with underserved patients. Related: Melanie Ferris explores what they learned from the case studies in her Community Matters blog post.

Timeless tips and guides explain the what, why, and how of program evaluation. Written by Wilder Research staff, these tips help you get started. Topics range from effectively using qualitative data to evaluation on a shoestring budget.
 
7. Northside Achievement Zone

NAZ is a collaboration of community organizations whose mission is to build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis to assure all youth graduate from high school college-ready. The evaluation includes community surveys, year-end reports, and a prospective return on investment study. In addition, Wilder Research evaluates specific components of NAZ strategies, as part of their continuous process improvement.

8. Itasca Project

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Workforce Dashboards provide data on disparities in employment and the benefits of a diverse workforce. This project is for The Itasca Project, an employer-led civic alliance focused on building a thriving economy and improved quality of life.

9. 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. The information is available on Minnesota Compass, where users can examine the data interactively.

10. 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.
 
 

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