Education and Youth Development
Youth who have opportunities to develop core academic and 21st century skills are better equipped to graduate from high school, pursue postsecondary education and training, earn a living wage, and be civically engaged.
Wilder Research studies pre-K-12 education, post-secondary education, cradle-to-career systems change, career pathways programs, STEM education, and afterschool and informal learning, particularly to address opportunity and achievement gaps for students who are most vulnerable: low-income students, students of color, students whose primary language is not English, and first-generation college students.
We have expertise in:
- Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes (SAYO), Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), and Youth-led Participatory Action Research
- Database management to track youth demographics and outcomes
- Needs assessment to determine needs of youth and families
- Measurement of youth social-emotional skills through new and existing survey tools
- Youth and parent focus groups
- Measurement of academic outcomes using school data
- Tracking youth outcomes for specific funders (e.g., 21st Century Community Learning Centers)