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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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Active Living for All
Active Living for All (ALfA) is an initiative funded by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Wilder Research worked with initiative grantees to evaluate their work in promoting active living in their communities.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: December 2016
 
Health Equity in Prevention
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota provided funding to organizations through the Health Equity in Prevention initiative to advance health equity through policy, systems, and environmental changes. Wilder Research conducted a review of tools than can assess organizational capacity to advance health equity. Evaluation work included conducting ripple effect mapping discussions with HEiP-funded organizations to understand project impacts. Reports also highlight policy work and lessons learned.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: December 2016
 
Home Renovation Needs of Older Adults
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, with support from the McKnight Foundation, worked with Wilder Research to conduct a study to identify the home improvement needs, and associated costs, of extremely low-income older adult homeowners in Minnesota.
Topic: Older Adults
Most recent report: December 2016
 
MacPhail Center for Music
MacPhail Center for Music has programs for students with limited access to music education. 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: December 2016
 
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
 
Itasca County Workforce Streams Study
Itasca County leaders were interested in a deeper understanding of the complex issues affecting the workforce and employment in the county, where unemployment has hovered above the state average. This report is a compilation of data and interviews with Itasca County professionals and residents facing employment challenges.
Topic: Communities
Most recent report: November 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: 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
 
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: November 2016
 
Allina Health Neighborhood Health Connection
The Neighborhood Health Connection program is an Allina Health initiative to increase social connections and healthy behaviors across the state. The evaluation looked at the impact of the program on grantees and participants.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: October 2016
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