Wilder Research Featured Projects

Highlighting organizations using research to inform decisions and improve lives


Read about how Wilder Research provides credible information to better understand issues, identify strategies, and take action to improve lives and communities.


Measuring and improving program effectiveness

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Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative supports older adults to remain healthy and in their homes

A 2018 AARP survey of adults shows that 3 out of 4 adults age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities as they age, yet many don’t see that happening for them. Read about how Wilder Research worked with a collaborative of organizations serving older adults in three states to evaluate how their model worked amidst the challenges of a COVID.More about this story »

Identifying needs and solutions

Three people stand side-by-side under a pop-up tent at an outdoor festival. The middle person holds a sign that says I envision a world with no borders -- MN8.

Wilder Research and MN8 conduct the first community needs assessment of the Cambodian community in Minnesota to learn what they need to thrive

MN8 advocates and provides direct services and support for Southeast Asian Minnesotans who are facing detention and/or deportation. The organization recognized that the communities they serve had faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and knew that the issues and challenges related to immigration existed alongside other critical community needs. MN8 and Wilder partnered to conduct the first known community needs assessment of Cambodian residents in Minnesota. More about this story »

Making data-informed decisions

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Michigan Fitness Foundation Captures “Ripple Effects” to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Lila Gutuskey came to Wilder Research in search of a new way to share her organization’s impact. With an evaluation tool called Ripple Effects Mapping, the Michigan Fitness Foundation found a new way to capture the impacts of their state...More about this story »

Speaking For Ourselves

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities looks at the experiences of Hmong, Karen, Latino, Liberian, and Somali immigrants and refugees living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. 

Wilder Research interviewed 459 immigrants and adult children of immigrants about their families, education, jobs, health, and engagement in their communities to learn the biggest needs of immigrant and refugee communities in the Twin Cities, the issues of greatest concern, and assets available to address them.

Read more about Speaking for Ourselves.

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