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.​


Studies by most recent

Minnesota Historical Society - Native American Artists in Residence Evaluation
Wilder Research is assisting the Minnesota Historical Society to develop a culturally responsive evaluation plan and providing technical assistance for their Native American Artists in Residence program.
Topic: Capacity Building
Most recent report: November 2014
The Cookie Cart
The Cookie Cart, a youth employment program in North Minneapolis provides quality, paid, first- time employment training for neighborhood teens. Through the retail bakery, youth age 14-17, get hands-on job training and learn basic employment skills such as appropriate work behavior, time management and problem-solving.  The multi-year evaluation looks at the effectiveness of the program in helping youth gain employment skills.
Topic: Youth and Family
Most recent report: November 2014
Trauma and Resilience
This snapshot provides a basic overview of trauma and its impact, principles of trauma-informed care or support, and effective approaches to promote recovery.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: October 2014
Invest Early - Early Childhood Initiative
A multi-year evaluation of Invest Early, a community collaboration to improve children’s school readiness by improving the system of early childhood screening, care, and education; strengthening and empowering families; and promoting healthy child development.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: October 2014
Applied Learning Institute
The Applied Learning Institute (ALI) works to support industrial technology education in Northeastern Minnesota by funding the purchase of equipment, instructor training, and activities that connect high school students to local colleges and employers. The evaluation sought perspectives from key stakeholders to identify successes, challenges, and directions for the future of the program.
Topic: Education
Most recent report: September 2014
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
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