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Homelessness in Minnesota 2015 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.
Topic: Homelessness and Housing
Most recent report: November 2016
 
Rochester Public Library
Wilder Research worked with the Rochester Public Library to create a logic model that outlines library activities, outputs, and outcomes.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: November 2016
 
Incredible Years
The Wilder Foundation's Incredible Years program promotes social and emotional competence and works to prevent, reduce, and treat children’s behavioral and emotional problems. It includes a classroom component for young children, a children’s therapy group, and a parent education group. The most recent report provides information about the program's work with Cummins Power Generation in which they implemented the Six Sigma business process to develop a sustainability plan for Incredible Years.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: October 2016
 
MacPhail Center for Music
MacPhail Center for Music's School Partnerships Department offers the Afterschool Intensive Strings Program to students with limited access to music education at three schools. The evaluation looks at program implementation and outcomes. See Pathways to Performance for evaluation reports for another MacPhail program: http://www.wilder.org/studies/Pathways%20to%20Performance/941
Topic: Education
Most recent report: October 2016
 
Prenatal to Age 3 Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development
Presents a policy plan that offers a fresh approach to early childhood policies that addresses the roots of racial equity. It is based on scientific literature, applied research, and analysis of population and economic trends and is informed by advice from more than 400 community members and early childhood stakeholders.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: October 2016
 
Children's Theatre Company
Children's Theatre Company developed a series of trauma-informed creative arts workshops to help children experiencing toxic stress develop social emotional skills and resilience. They worked with early childhood organizations to implement the workshops with young children. The evaluation looks at early impacts of the program, promising practices, and lessons learned.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: September 2016
 
Hennepin County Children's Mental Health Collaborative
The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) focuses on juvenile justice, uninsured/underinsured youth, primary care, school-based mental health services, parent involvement, culturally-responsive initiatives, early childhood, and parent leadership.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: September 2016
 
Kid City
Kid City is a partnership between the City of Maplewood Parks and Recreation and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, with the goal of bringing people together through theater, puppetry, and interactive art installations. The evaluation included getting feedback on events, the progress made on program goals, and the impact on the community.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: September 2016
 
Minnesota's Short-Stayers
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Safety and Permanency Division wanted to gain insight into children placed in out-of-home care for 30 days or less. With support from Casey Family Programs, Wilder Research conducted a study of the “short-stayer” population to paint a clearer picture of these children in the child welfare system.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: September 2016
 
Lifetrack - Families with Young Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Minnesota
Lifetrack provides Deaf Mentor and Role Model programs for families with deaf or hard of hearing children. This mixed method study examines the kinds of mentoring and supports needed by Minnesota families with young D/HH children and assesses program outcomes.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: August 2016
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