Minnesota Compass tracks and analyzes trends in topics that affect our quality of life. Compass gives everyone in our state a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities. Get the latest data and trends on education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and more.
Collaboration Factors Inventory
A free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 22 research-tested success factors. The inventory takes about 15 minutes to complete. Distribute the inventory to a small group of leaders in your collaborative, during a general meeting, or via mail to all members; tally your score manually or online.
Read the RAND study reporting reliability data for the instrument.
Permission to use the inventory is granted for private, non-commercial, and education purposes only. All use requires an acknowledgement of the source and author of the work. No resale use may be made of the inventory without written permission.
Program Evaluation Tips
Advocating with Personal Stories: An Evaluation Toolkit
This step-by-step guide is for storyteller advocates interested in doing evaluation work on their own. Read the report »
Youth Participatory Evaluation: Practice Guide
This 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 »
Trauma-Informed Evaluation: Tip Sheet for Collecting Information
Incorporating a trauma-informed approach to collecting information from clients serves as a universal precaution ensuring you approach sensitive topics carefully. Read the report »
Effectively Using Qualitative Data
This tip sheet provides pointers for processing, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative data to get the highest-quality and most useful information. Read the report »
Metrics for Healthy Communities
Designed with cross-sector collaboration in mind, Metrics for Healthy Communities is a site to get you started in planning for and measuring the impact of initiatives funded and developed to improve community health and well-being.
evaluATOD offers free evaluation resources and tools for professionals working to promote health and well-being through prevention efforts.
Family and Community Engagement Tools
Use the Family and Community Engagement Tools to assess the current level of child development, program quality, and family and community engagement from the perspective of family and community knowledge systems.
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.