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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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
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: May 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
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: 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
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: April 2014
Benton County SHIP
A Benton County community assessment that looks at the needs and strengths of the community related to nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: April 2014
Family and Community Knowledge Systems Project
Funded with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this project emphasizes the role of family and community knowledge systems in whole-child development and formal early childhood programs. Two tools were developed: one for parents to assess healthy early childhood development and a second for providers and program staff to asses program quality.
Topic: Early Learning
Most recent report: April 2014
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 and culturally-responsive trainings. Evaluation reports present data collected by the projects, including characteristics of youth served, changes in outcomes, and lessons learned. A 2008 report explored the Collaborative’s operations and functioning from the perspective of its key stakeholders; and a 2010 report assessed the quality of the Hennepin County mental health system for children and the Collaborative’s readiness for system of care funding.
Topic: Mental Health
Most recent report: April 2014
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