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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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: April 2016
Camp Noah
Camp Noah, a program offered by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, is a locally hosted event for elementary-age children whose communities have been impacted by disasters such as floods or tornadoes. The evaluation collects information about the impact of camp on campers, families, staff and volunteers, and local communities and explores the way camp is implemented and opportunities to strengthen it.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: April 2016
Healthy Food Access
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research conducted a mixed-methods study to provide information to those interested in improving Minnesota's food retail environment.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: April 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: April 2016
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.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: March 2016
Southwest Initiative Foundation - Age-Friendly Communities
An assessment of the needs of aging residents in southwest Minnesota. A multi-method data collection approach was used, including: literature review, analysis of demographic and resident health data, an online survey of professionals and community residents, and interviews with key stakeholders.
Topic: Older Adults
Most recent report: March 2016
Strengthening Families Impacted by Incarceration - Evaluation of Volunteers of America Programs
These reports focus on Volunteers of America's work in strengthening families impacted by incarceration, including maternal incarceration. It includes evaluations of initiatives such as the Look Up and Hope program and research into promising program models for organizations seeking to implement family-centered re-entry programs. Look Up and Hope is cited in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2014 KIDS COUNT report as a promising practice. Read a 2-page summary with key findings:
Topic: Criminal Justice
Most recent report: March 2016
360 Degree Center of Excellence
The 360 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Regional Center works to expose people to and increase enthusiasm for STEM-related careers. The evaluation looked at the impact of a technology and manufacturing summer camp for youth, tours of manufacturing facilities across Minnesota, and other program activities.
Topic: Education
Most recent report: February 2016
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: February 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: February 2016
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