Exploring what works for programs serving youth and adults
Wilder Research explores how best to meet the needs of youth, adults and elders from prevention to intervention and recovery.
Using multiple methods, our work explores what works for programs serving individuals, now and for the long term. Our studies explore:
- Successful prevention programs for youth and adults
- Characteristics and causes of substance misuse and addiction
- Effectiveness of programs that serve individuals and families throughout their treatment and recovery journeys
- Culturally and gender-specific services and community-based efforts
Much of our research and evaluation focuses on the intersection between mental health and substance use, and their associated social determinants and risk and resilience factors. Throughout this work, we understand that various approaches are necessary to meet individual and community needs, including harm reduction, culturally relevant practices and an understanding of how trauma affects addiction.
As part of an operating foundation, we are also in the unique position to partner with direct service providers to develop and measure the effectiveness of research-supported services.