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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 »

Public Policy Update: 2022 End of Session Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »
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