Topic: Education

Click on the Study links below to view all reports available for each.

Plus Program
The Plus program provides a mix of supports to youth and young adults who are involved in county services such as juvenile probation, truancy intervention, and foster care, or who are pregnant or parenting. The program aims to boost attendance, increase high school graduation, and help secure job placements. Plus is available in 11 schools in Hennepin County.
Most recent report: May 2018

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.
Most recent report: April 2018

Achievement Plus
Achievement Plus is a partnership between the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and the Saint Paul Public Schools to improve the academic achievement of low-income children in Saint Paul urban schools.
Most recent report: March 2018

MacPhail Center for Music
MacPhail Center for Music has programs for students with limited access to music education and older adults. The evaluations look at program implementation and outcomes. See Pathways to Performance for evaluation reports for another MacPhail program:
Most recent report: September 2017

SMART Nations
The SMART Nations program served American Indian students at Anishinabe Academy in Minneapolis. The goals of the afterschool program included increasing academic achievement and school connectedness using culturally relevant afterschool and family activities. Evaluation results show the impact of the program.
Most recent report: September 2017

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. The evaluation includes community surveys, year-end reports, and a prospective return on investment study. In addition, Wilder Research evaluates specific components of NAZ strategies, as part of their continuous process improvement. Find more reports on NAZ's site:
Most recent report: April 2017

STEM Pathways
STEM Pathways aims to increase youths' long-term interest, learning, and achievement in STEM through a deliberate and interconnected system of STEM learning opportunities. The evaluation assesses the implementation and outcomes of the project.
Most recent report: December 2016

Statewide Census of Private Education
A study of the reach and impact of private K-12 education in Minnesota for the Minnesota Independent School Forum.
Most recent report: October 2016

United Way of Steele County Career Center Initiative
The Initiative aims to build interest and awareness about careers in the Owatonna area that pay a living wage. Wilder Research conducted an evaluation of the two main components of the Initiative: the Career Center at Owatonna Senior High School and Made In Owatonna tours that allowed students to learn from professionals at local businesses.
Most recent report: October 2016

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.
Most recent report: September 2016

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