Trends, insights and thought leadership on community matters by Wilder staff, volunteers, supporters and partners


Paul Mattessich Reflects on Milestone Wilder Research Projects

June 22, 2022
Longtime Wilder Research Executive Director Paul Mattessich is retiring from his position this month. Paul has been with Wilder Research since 1978 and has served as its executive director for the… Read more »

Thai Representative Keng Yang Visits Wilder

May 27, 2022
On Wednesday, May 25, Wilder hosted special visitor Keng Yang, the first and only member of Thailand’s Parliament who is of Hmong descent. Representative Yang took a tour of Wilder’s mental health… Read more »

Public Policy Update: 2022 End of Session Preview

May 19, 2022 by Adrián Rafael Magaña
The last week of the 2022 Minnesota Legislative session is upon us, and with it comes the conference committee process. In this process, the Senate and House appoint conferees to meet and reconcile… Read more »

Elevating Youth Voice through the Minnesota Student Survey

March 22, 2022 by Edith Gozali-Lee, Melissa Adolfson
The Minnesota Student Survey provides an opportunity for young people to tell us what they are experiencing and feeling—at home, in school and in the community.

Program Evaluation: Gathering Good Data to Increase Positive Impacts

January 31, 2022 by Paul Mattessich
A community group wants to improve its food distribution program and seeks to understand how best to increase the accessibility of food that has high nutritional value and meets varied cultural… Read more »

2021 Year-End Research Highlights

December 22, 2021 by Wendy Huckaby
The end of the year provides a great opportunity to reflect. Wilder Research staff conducted research and evaluation for 156 nonprofits, government agencies, foundations and community organizations… Read more »

How Wilder Meals on Wheels increased support for Saint Paul community members during the pandemic

December 3, 2021 by Christine Miller
Wilder Meals on Wheels provides affordable, nutritious hot or frozen meals to adults, older adults, and seniors living in Saint Paul neighborhoods. Pre-pandemic, our volunteers delivered about 2,000… Read more »

What Keeps us Safe? How Social Conditions Create Community Safety

November 30, 2021
Two years ago, my cyclist father was enjoying the last downhill mile of a long training ride. He was wearing a helmet and flashing LED taillight, and he trains yearly in urban bike safety courses.… Read more »