Wilder Research Services
Turning information into impact
Our work with nonprofits, community leaders, government agencies, foundations, and policymakers provides them with the information they need to understand issues, identify solutions, and make data-informed decisions to improve lives and communities.
As a community-focused organization, we emphasize a collaborative and flexible approach, informed by sound and innovative methods.
Working with Wilder Research
Our experienced in-house staff of nearly 100 researchers, data collection and analysis experts, and strategic communications and graphic design specialists provide a full range of services to meet your needs. We will work with you to identify and implement a plan that gets you the information you need to help you understand what’s working and what’s not, make effective changes, raise funds, and influence policy.
Research Services We Offer
Read the research services Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Research and Planning
Consultation and technical assistance, ROI and economic impact studies, social indicator analysis and benchmarking, trend studies and opinion surveys.
Program evaluation design, data collection and analysis of results, including program, process, outcome and developmental evaluations, and logic models.
In-house data collection services including focus groups, interviews, and surveys, and observations and assessments using culturally competent approaches. Multilingual interviews are available in languages commonly spoken in Minnesota.
Key findings, analysis, and recommendations delivered in plain language with graphics and visualized data that make it easy for your audiences to understand. Options include reports, summaries, infographics, issue briefs, media releases and events.
Community and Needs Assessments
Help identifying problems and service gaps, strengths and resources of a specific cultural group, age group or geographic community to build understanding, and guide planning and action for effective solutions.
Evaluation Capacity Building and Training
Workshops, training, consultation and coaching to help you increase your capacity to design and carry out evaluation, and collect and interpret the information you need.
In-house technical services, including creating database systems, data management, and web-based reports and dashboards.
Consulting, training, and facilitated activities to help you and your organization make data-informed decisions. Learn data best practices and innovative strategies to better understand and use data (including program evaluation, applied research data, and secondary data for program improvement) when making important decisions about programs, staffing, organizational structure, strategic directions, and policies.
What our partners say
Wilder Research helped us wade through the world of data so we have a clear path to real results. With Wilder at our side, the Northside community will one day share in the prosperity of our state and region.
Read stories of our work with partner organizations
Wilder Research and MN8 conduct the first community needs assessment of the Cambodian community in Minnesota to learn what they need to thrive
- Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative supports older adults to remain healthy and in their homes
- Interact Center for the Arts Demonstrates Social Value Using Research
- Identifying Service Gaps to Improve Lives and Communities: Minnesota Department of Human Services Gaps Analysis
- A Collaborative Approach to Understanding and Improving School-Based Mental Health Services