About Wilder Research

Wilder Research is a nationally respected nonprofit research and evaluation group. We work with nonprofits, community leaders, government agencies, foundations and policymakers throughout Minnesota and the country to gather and interpret facts and trends, help them uncover and understand issues affecting their communities and how best to address them, and inform action that improves lives and communities. 

Mission
To improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities through research and evaluation.

Values

  • Objective
  • Culturally responsive 
  • Collaborative
  • Community-engaged

Meet Our Team

Our Team

Learn about our researchers, and data collection and analysis, web and application development, and communications and graphic design specialists.

Executive Summary

Read Wilder Research Executive Director Paul Mattessich’s blog on current issues & events 

Wilder Research helped us wade through the world of data so we have a clear path to real results. With Wilder at our side, the Northside community will one day share in the prosperity of our state and region.

Sondra Samuels, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northside Achievement Zone

A Great Place to Work

The people who come to work at Wilder Research want to change the world.

Our “people first” approach means we work hard to create a supportive, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. We strive to empower all of our staff in helping us achieve that goal. We support our staff in their professional development by providing opportunities to build their skills and portfolio, and explore areas of interest in their work. 

Wilder Research Information Session

Learn more about working at Wilder Research.  Date and Time:  Thursday, December 20 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: Free Register by contacting… More about this event »

Our History

1910s  In 1917, the Amherst H. Wilder Charity conducted its first research project, surveying housing conditions in the city of St. Paul. The findings describe sections of the city unsuited for human habitation, prompt public outrage, and result in the first St. Paul housing ordinance.


1940s  Wilder's Board of Directors authorizes a formal Research and Statistics division, which uses census data to monitor trends and needs of the metro, and assists nonprofits with evaluations of their programs and services.


1970s  Wilder Research Center develops a client record system for the Wilder Foundation and conducts needs assessment studies of specific populations including the elderly, single parents, and young adults living in the East Metro area.


1980s  Wilder Research expands its reach with a statewide study examining issues affecting older adults, and conducts its first homeless study uncovering the plight of homeless families, youth, and children living in Saint Paul. 


1990s  Wilder Research develops the Metro Trend Watch, developing and maintaining a set of indicators to track the health of the East Metro.


Today  Wilder Research works with hundreds of organizations to assess the impact and economic value of their programs, improve their operations and outcomes, plan for the future, allocate funds, revise policies, and increase public awareness of important issues affecting our communities. Our triennial statewide Minnesota Homeless Study receives national recognition for its critical role in providing data used by state and local planners, policy makers and service providers. Minnesota Compass, expanded from Metro Trend Watch, provides trend data on issues affecting the state's well-being.