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


Music for Life Connects Older Adults with Music and Community

by Ryan Ander-Evans
Learn how evaluation partner MacPhail Center for Music connects older adults through music classes and ensembles. Hear participants in their own words and learn about the program's impact.

Turning data into action: What’s next for the Minnesota Homelessness Study?

by Stephanie Nelson-Dusek
Find out how thousands of interviews with people experiencing homelessness are turned into information that improves policies and programs.

Survey Shows Minnesotans Value the Arts and Opportunities Remain to Improve Access

by Ryan Ander-Evans
Research shows that arts and creative experiences are important for people’s quality of life. The arts can impact personal health and well-being, contribute to academic achievement in children and… Read more »

Community Survey is Guiding Libraries to Meet Community Needs for Digital Access

by Anna Granias, Jennifer Valorose
Understanding the needs of residents is essential for libraries to equitably provide services. This regional library system is using results from a community survey to meet technology and digital… Read more »

Evaluation Conference Takeaways: What We Learned

by Jackie Aman, Sera Kinoglu, Alissa Jones
In late 2022, three Wilder Research staff attended the American Evaluation Association annual conference in New Orleans. Sera Kinoglu, Jackie Aman, and Alissa Jones all embraced the chance to build… Read more »

Suicide Prevention Month: Spotlight on Clay County

by Melissa Serafin, Melissa Adolfson
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention month, Wilder Research and Clay County highlight the county's spectrum of prevention efforts and some of the key findings from this work so far.

What We’re Reading: Research Edition

We asked Wilder Research staff to share what they’re reading, watching, or listening to right now and why it resonates with them. Find out what they said.

Paul Mattessich Reflects on Milestone Wilder Research Projects

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 »