Studies and Reports

Our most recent studies are listed first. You can also browse by topic or use our search tools to find a particular study by title or author. Many studies include a variety of publications, including summaries, snapshots and briefs.​


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Central Corridor Funders Collaborative
Data to inform the impacts of the Central Corridor light rail transit line on the regional economy and adjacent neighborhoods.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: June 2015
Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Inequities
In response to the 2015 Minnesota legislative debate focused on increasing access to early education, this brief proposes a new policy approach that would prevent opportunity and achievement gaps and social, economic, and educational inequities.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: May 2015
Invest Early - Early Childhood Initiative
A multi-year evaluation of Invest Early, a community collaboration to improve children’s school readiness by improving the system of early childhood screening, care, and education; strengthening and empowering families; and promoting healthy child development.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: May 2015
Veterans' Needs in Northeastern Minnesota
United Way of Northeastern Minnesota and Wilder Research conducted an assessment to determine the greatest needs for veterans and their families in northeastern Minnesota.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: May 2015
East Metro Mental Health Roundtable
The East Metro Mental Health Roundtable aims to accelerate improvements in the Twin Cities east metro mental health system through partnerships that deliver high quality mental health services.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: April 2015
Hennepin County Children's Mental Health Collaborative
In 2007, the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) issued five Solicitations of Interest that were developed to address key concerns regarding the existing children’s mental health system. The SOIs focused on juvenile justice, uninsured/underinsured youth, primary care, school-based mental health services, and, later, parent involvement, culturally-responsive initiatives, early childhood, and parent leadership. Evaluation reports present data collected by the projects, including characteristics of youth served, changes in outcomes, and lessons learned. A 2008 report explored the Collaborative’s operations and functioning from the perspective of its key stakeholders; and a 2010 report assessed the quality of the Hennepin County mental health system for children and the Collaborative’s readiness for system of care funding.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: April 2015
Minnesota Department of Human Services - SNAP for Adults Without Dependents
Research study to understand the impact of the ABAWD (able-bodied adult without dependents) waiver expiration on Minnesota SNAP recipients. Wilder Research interviewed community experts who are familiar with SNAP (previously known as "food stamps") and analyzed information collected through listening sessions with homeless adults to gain their insight on the reinstatement of work provisions for SNAP ABAWDs, the process used to communicate the policy change, and barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.
Topic: Homelessness and Housing
Most recent report: March 2015
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - Graduate Minnesota
The goal of Graduate Minnesota is to increase the rate of degree completion for former students who left without a degree. Funded by a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, MnSCU focused on outreach, recruitment, and development of the system's capacity and resources to support the needs of adult learners. The evaluation report looks at the effectiveness of the initiative in the re-enrollment and success of students.
Topic: Education
Most recent report: March 2015
Program Evaluation and Research Tips
Fact Sheets and Presentations providing tips on evaluation and research, including data collection and analysis, surveys, logic models, return on investment studies, and more.
Topic: Capacity Building
Most recent report: March 2015
Strengthening Families Affected By Incarceration
A series of infographics that looks at the impacts of having an incarcerated parent. Minnesota Student Survey data were analyzed to learn more about chemical use and academic outcomes of children.
Topic: Criminal Justice
Most recent report: March 2015
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