The Indigenous Youth Research and Development Center (IYRDC) is an effort to bring Indigenous knowledge and culture into the forefront of dialogue and decisions that affect Indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally, starting with a focus around water and the environment. The IYRDC will sponsor Indigenous-initiated Youth Participatory Action Research using the Lakota traditional research approach called Wopasi. The IYRDC will initially be housed in Wilder Research to provide organizational infrastructure and applied research expertise.
Wilder Research operates as an independent research unit of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. As one of the nation’s largest nonprofit research and evaluation groups, we work with nonprofits, foundations, and government entities to inform decisions and improve lives.