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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 »

Investing in Moms: 10 Years of Women’s Recovery Services

October 21, 2021 by Jackie Aman
Caregiving is a beautiful and humbling thing. Those that provide care, especially parents, need support. Yet it can be hard to garner support for caregivers who struggle with alcohol and other drugs… Read more »

Managing Evaluation from the Program Manager’s Point of View

October 14, 2021 by Paul Mattessich
Much interest exists in evaluating and improving programs that serve our communities. Staff in nonprofit organizations and government agencies of all types want to know which services work and which… Read more »

Building a Stronger, More Diverse Mental Health Workforce

September 9, 2021 by Pahoua Yang
This past legislative session, Wilder partnered with NAMI Minnesota to advocate for legislation to strengthen our mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs) treatment system. Our goal is to… Read more »
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