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Brooklyn Park: Improving Safety and Policing

September 1, 2021

This report presents findings from community interviews, a review of community indicators, and a literature review to better understand the root causes of community violence, policing in Brooklyn Park, and ways to address violence in the city.

Brooklyn Park: Improving Safety and Policing - Evaluation Report

June 1, 2021

When Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd in May 2020, the nearby city of Brooklyn Park began urgent work, including convening listening sessions and tasking city commissions with creating a work plan to improve the Brooklyn Park Police Department.In December 2020, the City of Brooklyn Park hired Wilder Research to uncover the root causes of violence in Brooklyn Park, understand community perceptions of the Brooklyn Park Police Department, create research-driven recommendations to improve community safety, and develop a tool to assess and improve the Brooklyn Park Police Department's performance. Wilder Research reviewed existing research on community safety and policing, analyzed Brooklyn Park specific community survey data related to the root causes of violence, and conducted interviews with residents and employees of Brooklyn Park.

Brooklyn Park: Improving Safety and Policing - Infographic

June 1, 2021

When Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd in May 2020, the nearby city of Brooklyn Park began urgent work, including convening listening sessions and tasking city commissions with creating a work plan to improve the Brooklyn Park Police Department.In December 2020, the City of Brooklyn Park hired Wilder Research to uncover the root causes of violence in Brooklyn Park, understand community perceptions of the Brooklyn Park Police Department, create research-driven recommendations to improve community safety, and develop a tool to assess and improve the Brooklyn Park Police Department's performance. Wilder Research reviewed existing research on community safety and policing, analyzed Brooklyn Park specific community survey data related to the root causes of violence, and conducted interviews with residents and employees of Brooklyn Park.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature

December 1, 2020

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force was created to examine the root causes, systemic problems, and potential solutions to violence against indigenous women and girls in Minnesota, including members of the two spirit community. Established by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz in 2019, the task force includes representatives from 11 tribal nations, community and advocacy organizations, legislators, law enforcement, and the legal field. Wilder Research assisted the task force, conducting extensive research and facilitating public hearings and comment sessions across Minnesota.The report includes 20 mandates in five key areas from the task force for the Minnesota Legislature, state agencies, tribes, and other stakeholders to address the MMIW injustice: Address systemic causes Collect and report data on violence against Indigenous women and girls  Address policies and practices in institutions that impact violence against Indigenous women and girlsReduce and eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girlsHelp Indigenous women and girls who are victims/survivors, their families, and their communities

Characteristics of People Who Identify as LGBTQ Experiencing Homelessness: Findings from the 2018 Minnesota Homeless Study

September 1, 2020

This report highlights findings from interviews with 440 people who identified as LGBTQ and were experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.

Academic Outcomes of Undergraduate Student Parents Served by the University of Minnesota's Student Parent Help Center: A Retrospective Study (2000-2018)

May 1, 2020

This analysis looked at the impact of Student Parent Help Center services on undergraduate student parents' academic outcomes.Results from this analysis suggest that undergraduate student parents who interact with the 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.

Homelessness on Minnesota American Indian Reservations: Findings from the 2018 Minnesota Reservation Homeless Study

April 1, 2020

Alongside the Statewide Minnesota Homeless Study, the Reservation Homeless Study is conducted every three years in partnership with six of Minnesota's American Indian reservations. This report provides findings from the reservation study and includes data tables for each survey question.