Wilder Research: 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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Home Visiting Engagement and Retention
Wilder Research conducted a qualitative exploration of parent retention and engagement in early childhood home visiting for the Minnesota Department of Health. Over 300 semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents from 19 home visiting sites across Minnesota.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: December 2017
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: November 2017
Safe Harbor
With the support of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health, Wilder Research evaluated the implementation of the Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door model, which address how children who are exploited for commercial sex are treated.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: November 2017
Bush Foundation Community Innovation
The Bush Prize for Community Innovation is an annual award that honors and supports innovative organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. Reports provide information to support community innovation, including a review of Bush Prize winners and the elements that helped them pursue community innovation.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: October 2017
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 2017
MacPhail Center for Music
MacPhail Center for Music has programs for students with limited access to music education and older adults. The evaluations look 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: September 2017
Screening for Trauma in the Child Welfare System
Wilder Research worked with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to determine if a trauma pre-screen tool accurately identifies children who have experienced trauma.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: September 2017
SMART Nations
The SMART Nations program served American Indian students at Anishinabe Academy in Minneapolis. The goals of the afterschool program included increasing academic achievement and school connectedness using culturally relevant afterschool and family activities. Evaluation results show the impact of the program.
Topic: Education
Most recent report: September 2017
Southwest Health and Human Services Community Health Needs Assessment
Southwest Health and Human Services worked with Wilder Research to conduct a community health needs assessment to identify the health needs and assets of prominent cultural groups in their six-county region.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: September 2017
Speaking for Ourselves
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. This study builds on a previous study conducted by Wilder Research in 2000.
Topic: Immigration
Most recent report: September 2017
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