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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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.  Detailed homeless counts are available by region here:
Topic: Homelessness and Housing
Most recent report: September 2014
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.
Topic: Homelessness and Housing
Most recent report: September 2014
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention
These evaluations are part of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division’s statewide youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention initiative. The reports address a range of activities, including trainings and conferences, needs assessments, community coalition development, and prevention program implementation.
Topic: Substance Abuse Prevention
Most recent report: July 2014
Youth Leadership Initiative
The Youth Leadership Initiative is a multicultural program designed to help youth develop strong, effective leadership skills to work in diverse community settings. The program assists youth in learning about themselves, working with others, and engaging in meaningful action.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: July 2014
Corridors of Opportunity
This is a Twin Cities regional project to ensure that transit lines are planned with related developments (including jobs and affordable housing) so as to benefit low-income residents equitably as part of the overall economic development of the region.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: June 2014
Big Picture Project
The Big Picture Project developed a plan to create and preserve affordable housing along the Central Corridor. This report tracks key indicators of progress. Wilder Research assisted with the data analysis; the report was written by the oversight committee.
Topic: Homelessness and Housing
Most recent report: May 2014
Blue Earth County Public Health SHIP
Blue Earth County Public Health used funding from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for multiple initiatives in their service area. Efforts included a worksite wellness initiative; work with child care facilities and schools to increase physical activity among children; and building partnerships among health care providers and community leaders to facilitate active referrals of patients to local resources that increase access to nutritious foods, opportunities for physical activity, and tobacco use cessation. Reports provide information on the impacts of the initiatives. Wilder Research worked with multiple SHIP grantees across the state of Minnesota.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: May 2014
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
The purpose of this study is to help the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe better understand population trends, and specifically understand the tribe's population trajectory under different enrollment scenarios.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: May 2014
Ujamaa Place
Ujamaa Place serves primarily African American men who have multiple barriers to becoming stable, productive members of the community. Wilder Research looked at the impact of the program and conducted a return on investment analysis.
Topic: Criminal Justice
Most recent report: May 2014
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: April 2014
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