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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Health Care Enrollment
Summarizes the results of a Minneapolis Public Schools and Wilder Research event organized to discuss the challenges of enrolling individuals in health care and explore strategies for increasing enrollment, with a focus on those groups that have traditionally been hardest to enroll.
Topic: Health
Most recent report: December 2014
Northside Achievement Zone
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a collaboration of community organizations whose mission is to build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis to assure all youth graduate from high school college-ready. Community surveys were conducted in 2010 and 2013 to measure the progress of the initiative.
Topic: Education
Most recent report: December 2014
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
Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant
Statewide, multi-year, cross-site evaluation of a federal grant received by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to prevent substance abuse and build capacity and infrastructure for prevention. 
Topic: Substance Abuse Prevention
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
Pathways to Performance
The Pathways to Performance program at the MacPhail Center for Music works to create a complete music education experience to support every student's highest level of artistic and academic achievement. The program works closely with school community partners to ensure that students receive high quality, intensive and specialized music education and instruction beyond general music education. Evaluation reports describe program activities and assess the impact of the program on students' music skills and academic performance
Topic: Education
Most recent report: October 2014
School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SW PBIS) program is managed by the Minnesota Department of Education and is  implemented in hundreds of Minnesota schools. PBIS is an evidence-based model that attempts to develop a school-wide positive behavior culture. The school status reports provide a summary of the status of PBIS implementation in Minnesota schools.
Topic: Education
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
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