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


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

May 26, 2023 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

February 15, 2023 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

January 9, 2023 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

September 23, 2022 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

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 »

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 »