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)
Related Blog Posts
Youth Social Entrepreneurship: Equipping Youth with Critical Job SkillsThe YSE model contributes to youth developing work readiness, interpersonal and social-emotional skills, according to research on 11 programs serving almost 900 youth. Read the article »
Academic Outcomes of Undergraduate Student ParentsResults from this analysis suggest that undergraduate student parents who interact with the U of M's Student Parent Help Center staff and access its referrals and programs are significantly more likely to graduate, remain enrolled each semester, and have a higher cumulative GPA than student parents who completed a SPHC intake but never used these services. Read the report »
Enriching Children through a Culturally Specific Summer Learning ProgramEvaluation results from a summer program combining a literacy curriculum and cultural enrichment activities. Read the report »
Youth Participatory Evaluation: Practice GuideThis guide is a practical overview for doing YPE, an approach that engages young people in evaluating the programs, organizations, and systems designed to serve them. Read the report »
Key Findings from Ripple Effects Mapping Discussions among Sprockets StakeholdersFindings from three Ripple Effects Mapping sessions with Sprockets stakeholders designed to understand the impacts of this 10-year-old network of after-school and summer programs for youth in Saint Paul. Read the report »
Data to inform decisions
STEM education is critical to Minnesota's prosperity, equipping people with skills needed to meet the demands of a 21st century economy. But is Minnesota preparing its residents with the STEM competencies they need to succeed?
Minnesota Compass and Boston Scientific teamed up to provide a framework for tracking STEM growth in our state.
See how our state is performing across critical components of comprehensive STEM growth: identity, achievement, and interest.