All students should have the opportunities to develop the core academic and 21st century skills that will equip them to graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and training, make a living, and be productive citizens. Our work focuses on addressing opportunity and achievement gaps for students who are most vulnerable: low-income students, students of color, students whose primary language is not English, and first-generation college students.
We offer a range of research services, including program evaluation, evaluation capacity building, survey development, audience research, and a variety of applied research methods tailored to individual study goals.

PreK-12 Education

Research is clear that a high-quality, rigorous, and relevant education is essential to prepare students for an increasingly complex and global economy. Wilder Research supports students’ academic success and addresses educational disparities through our work with school districts, public schools including charter schools, private schools, school-wide initiatives, and state-level initiatives.
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Postsecondary and Higher Education

Within the next five years, it is expected that most jobs in Minnesota and nationwide will require postsecondary education. Wilder Research provides research and evaluation services to higher education institutions and programs serving those institutions, including Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, private colleges, scholarship programs, and initiatives addressing college enrollment and success.

Cradle-to-Career Systems Change

Systems change efforts require credible, continually updated data to understand needs, target resources, and track progress. Wilder Research offers comprehensive research and evaluation services as the data partner for cradle-to-career community initiatives. We support data-based decision-making and evaluative thinking throughout the design and implementation of complex initiatives.
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STEM Education

Opportunities to acquire science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills can open doors for students, facilitate learning in other areas, and strengthen the future workforce. We work with school districts implementing STEM initiatives as well as out-of-school programs providing experiential and hands-on learning opportunities. Through our Minnesota Compass community indicators project, we are also working with a diverse group of STEM stakeholders to track STEM indicators of progress.

Out-of-School Education and Informal Education

Students do not stop learning when the school day ends. Wilder Research works closely with community organizations providing educational programs during out-of-school time as well as informal learning opportunities. Informal educators provide places and spaces with opportunities and information available to the learner who then chooses what, when, and how to learn. We work closely with museums, libraries, theaters, zoos, parks, and other nonprofits. 

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​Visit the Wilder Research early childhood section or see how Wilder programs address early childhood education.