We know how many children live in poverty or are in foster care. We track this data because it provides information that policymakers and others can use to inform policy. But does this data, which enumerates facts about children through a deficit lens, provide a balanced accounting of the well-being of children?
In the decade since the official end of the Great Recession, how has our state fared economically? At a high level, our state continues to see progress on several economic measures. But it would be inaccurate to conclude that the progress our state has made has delivered for all.
The proposed Southwest Light Rail line (LRT) took a step closer to reality after the Federal Transit Administration approved a major source of funding for the project. The LRT has drawn a lot of speculation on its possible benefits. We take a look at some possible outcomes.
Community-led solutions are community-initiated or owned, with or without outside funding or resources. Broad networks of groups such as block clubs, neighborhood associations, faith communities, community-based social service agencies, schools, libraries, parks, and local businesses may be involved in the community endeavor. From the outset, these local groups come together through grassroots or community-based organizing, with the flexibility and freedom to design their own processes and determine their own indicators of success.
Get ready to choose your own data adventure, Minnesota! The Build Your Own statewide data tool is here. In this article, Compass researcher Ellen Wolter shares how you can use this tool to customize data for your Minnesota community.
Minnesota Compass staff spent last fall traveling across the state and listening to learn how we can improve our data and tools for greater Minnesota. In this article, Compass researcher Ellen Wolter shares some of the issues on the minds of people across the state.
It's that time of year… ♪♫ School's out for summer! ♪♫ Here are a couple of things we know about what our kids do when they're not in school.
As one of the newest members of the Minnesota Compass team, Richard Chase, Wilder Research, looked across the topic areas on the Compass website to draw out three sets of interacting trends and data points – demographic, economic, social – that touch on issues of race and region.
"Data disaggregation" just means splitting large, general categories into more specific groups. In this article, Nicole MartinRogers, Wilder Research, discusses how to appropriately and meaningfully disaggregate data to support informed decisions.
The older adult population is large – and growing!
Minnesota's Risk and Reach project takes a county by county look at potential risks to the healthy development of young children and the reach of public services to address areas of need. Project directors Elizabeth Carlson, University of Minnesota, and Richard Chase, Wilder Research, explain why it matters and suggest ways you might use this information.
Compass researcher Ellen Wolter highlights 5 features in the new Twin Cities Region section of Compass that can help you learn more about your community of interest.
Minnesota's school-age youth make up a large portion of our state's residents – almost 1 million people. Put another way – we’d need a fleet of nearly 13,000 school buses to get all those kids off to school at once. Here are a few things to know about youth across the state.
Former Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter dug into data on education, employment, health, and housing to help answer that question.Take a look at what he found.
Philando Castile, driving with two passengers, including a four-year-old child, is shot during a police traffic stop. He dies. It's senseless. What can we do about this? How can we prevent it from happening again?
I can't pretend to know everything we need to accomplish in order to move forward as a united community. However, as of now, I am fairly certain about three things we should do.
Last month, Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi's Insight article highlighted how the backgrounds and experiences of Minnesota’s immigrants have changed over time. This month Paul Mattessich, Compass governance chair and Wilder Research executive director, provides insights gleaned from a new study from Wilder conducted with immigrant and refugee communities in the Twin Cities.
Immigration has greatly influenced the economic and cultural development of our state. But the backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences of Minnesota’s immigrants have changed considerably over time, and differ from the nation as a whole. Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi explains.
Former Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter uses a humanities-based framework developed by Thriving Cities, to look at the well-being of the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area.
Now you can build your own profile for Minneapolis and Saint Paul neighborhoods with our new interactive mapping tool!
Former Compass researcher Ellen Mai explains how, creating scenarios that walk you through a custom build, and providing tips to assist you in using the new tool to help you meet your planning and analytic needs.
Former Minnesota Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter uses new poverty estimates from the Census Bureau to bust commonly-accepted myths about poverty in Minnesota.
The newly released Central Corridor Tracker and Big Picture Project reports measure the impact of light rail on neighborhoods along University Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul.
Former Compass researcher Ellen Mai, who managed the data analysis for the projects, reflects on the latest outcomes and shares key takeaways.
Wilder Research completed its first study of homelessness in St. Paul in 1984. At that time, homelessness had become more prevalent due to recession, closing of psychiatric hospitals, demolition of inferior housing as part of federal urban renewal, and reductions in federal funding.
What is the right question to help resolve the debate about universal preschool? Dr. Richard Chase, senior research manager at Wilder Research, weighs in. Dr. Chase is the author of a new policy brief, Championing Early Childhood Policies that Prevent Social, Economic, and Educational Inequities.
GREATER MSP has the mission of accelerating job growth and capital investment for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul 16-county region. We asked CEO Michael Langley to provide his insights on the region's ability to develop, attract, and retain a diverse workforce.
The Atlantic joined a long list of media which, throughout the past few decades, have heralded Minnesota’s high quality of life. However, a careful, more detailed look at the data reveals what’s called the “Minnesota Paradox.” Wilder Research Executive Director and Compass Governance chair explains.
The state demographer's office recently analyzed patterns of migration to better understand who is moving to Minnesota and who is moving away. State Demographer Susan Brower highlights some key findings, and gives her insight about what they mean.
As we approach year’s end, I have been taking stock of some of the most important trends facing our state; reflecting on the “key measures” we have developed with input from literally hundreds of advisors who have helped us shape Minnesota Compass. As I did so, five good news/bad news stories emerged from my own look at the data. Here is my list.
Ignite Afterschool's Kari Denissen-Cunnien outlines how people and organizations across Minnesota are working to engage young people in the crucial learning opportunities that happen outside the school day.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, I dug into our Compass data and pulled out 5 trends I found interesting and hope you do too!
What might Minnesota's population be in 2040? It depends on who you ask. Todd Graham, principal forecaster for the Metropolitan Council, highlights some of the published forecasts, assumptions each makes, and some of the challenges of predicting the future.
Our baby boomer population is like a jet airplane that has just lifted off. Former Compass Project Manager Craig Helmstetter highlights 5 implications for Minnesota.
Would you like to move your organization's equity focus from conversation to holistic organizational commitment? Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Racial Equity Manager Rowzat Shipchandler shares three ideas to keep in mind as you help your organization define its own role in combating racism.
There has been much debate on the impact and potential impact of the new Green Line Light Rail on surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. Former Compass researcher Jane Tigan tracked data for a couple of related projects and shared some findings to help inform the discussion.
A new white paper on gender disparities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) got Ruth Hamberg thinking about the benefits of STEM skills she has experienced and the importance of supporting all students in STEM subjects.
The millennial generation (currently age 14-33) has become the subject of a lot of media attention. Former Compass researchers Craig Hlemstetter and Jane Tigan dug into the data and pulled out some trends related specifically to this age group in Minnesota.
Last week, I had the chance to attend the annual meeting of Minnesota Compass, the premiere source of social indicators that measure progress in our state. With a theme of Minnesota Next: Millennials, Leadership, and the Information Economy, the gathering included presentations by MCF President Trista Harris and Jennifer Ford Reedy, president of the Bush Foundation.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting with nearly two-hundred regional data-lovers. The theme of the meeting was "Minnesota Next: Millennials, Leadership, and the Information Economy."
It blows our minds here at CTEP when we see bright young teens try out, and master new technologies. Our eyes light up when we see a teenager code a zombie computer game using Scratch, doctor a picture in Photoshop, design and print a 3-D model of an octopus, create a robot, or shoot and edit a film in Premiere
Ever had that strange feeling that people are talking about you while you are in the room? We did while at Minnesota Compass' Annual Meeting "Minnesota next: Millennials, leadership, and the information economy." We were amongst 13% of the self-identified Millennial population in the room. Having served on the core team for the Minnesota Rising Cascading Conversations Tour over the past two years, we had a particular interest in data and trends related to the rising generation in our state.
What can we expect for 2014? The trends people follow, and which they hope to foresee for the future, depend upon their goals. At Wilder Research, we strive to make Minnesota a better place for all. So, below appear some trends of importance to watch, for those of us in the business of building human capital and improving communities' quality of life.
Minnesota Compass is pleased to introduce a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) section that was developed in partnership with Boston Scientific and with the guidance of an advisory committee. Caryn Mohr, lead researcher for the project, answers FAQs about the project, its implementation, and examples of what the information can tell us.
Former Compass project manager Craig Helmstetter points out 5 things Minnesotans should know about our unique and growing immigrant population.
The Minneapolis Foundation's annual OneMinneapolis Community Indicators Report focuses on education, job creation, and civic engagement. We asked Jo-Anne Stately, Director of Impact Strategy and Economic Vitality at the Minneapolis Foundation, about how the report informs the Foundation's work with grantees and has helped the Foundation talk to their grantees and the public about equity.
As part of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation placemaking series highlighting the Knight research, Minnesota Compass co-sponsored an event to look at economic and social outcomes related to placemaking. At the event, Max Musicant, Founder and Pricipal: Placemaker of The Musicant Group, demonstrated measurable impacts of placemaking through a case study examining his work in Cancer Survivor's Park, located on Nicollet Mall.
Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about the skills gap in Minnesota. Steve Hine, research director of DEED's Labor Market Information Office, authored a new report on this topic, and shares insights he gained from the study.
Most people are aware of the U.S. Census Bureau's Decennial Census that every American household fills out once a decade, but fewer are aware that the Census Bureau puts out Population Estimates every year, using birth, death, and migration rates to estimate the population of the United States by age, sex, race, and ethnicity at all geography levels. It turns out a lot can happen between one census and the next!
The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Compass teamed up to create unique East Metro data profiles on the Minnesota Compass website. Claire Chang, associate vice president of grants and program for The Saint Paul Foundation, talks with Compass about the inspiration for the profiles, how they can be used, and their role in the $1 million Forever Saint Paul Challenge.
Todd Graham, Metropolitan Council's principal demographer, explains thenew MSA and shares his view of the recent expansion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MSA from 13 counties to 16 counties.
The Minnesota Compass team, along with Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassilius and Boston Scientific's Director of Community Relations Marilee Grant, recently convened an Education Advisory Group to provide insight on key measures featured in our Education topic area.
Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Minnesota Compass annual meeting. It was great to celebrate this organization's work in advancing our understanding of Minnesota now and in the future, and to reflect on what these statistics mean for our state. The most sobering findings won't surprise anyone who's heard about Minnesota's large racial achievement gaps.
Minnesota Compass won a national award – our community and state win a much bigger reward! The Compass project staff at Wilder Research were proud to accept an "Impact Award" at the Annual Community Indicators Conference in Washington D.C. last month. The award honored the project for its pace-setting quality providing useful information that communities throughout our state can use to maintain and improve their quality of life.
We know that a lot of people like to have data about the state as a whole, but also want to be able to say what is going on in their own area. For that reason, we provide data for all 87 of Minnesota's counties, and the 55 cities with populations over 20,000. You can access this data in two ways: by region and by topic area.
Before the recent election, we heard a great deal about conditions in our communities, our state, and our nation, and the conversation continues. So, we thought we would share what we know, from data which have recently emerged on community conditions. Because, of course: "We are all entitled to our own opinions; but we are not entitled to our own facts."
Times are tough. We know that. Those of us who manage organizations serving the community and who have worked through demanding times before also recognize that, with creativity and hard work, we can persevere; we can succeed in continuing to meet the needs of the community.
Construction of the Central Corridor Light Rail Line running along University Avenue and linking downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis is well underway. The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative provides support to build on the strengths of adjacent neighborhoods, and is working with Compass staff to track changes along the corridor.
In Robert Putnam's book, "Bowling Alone," he demonstrated that since the 1960s, Americans have become less involved in their communities, less trusting in their neighbors, and less likely to give of their time and resources. In short, he concluded that the fabric holding together neighborhoods is slowly unraveling. And he warns that our stock of social capital has plummeted, impoverishing our lives and communities.
The gender wage gap is one of the most frequently cited social indicators of gender disparity. According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a full-time working woman in Minnesota earns, on average, 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This represents positive change since 2003, when the gender wage gap hit a low of 74 cents.
Super Bowl victors come and go every 12 months. Can you even remember who won a few weeks ago, or last year? However, training and play execution for a prosperous Minnesota require 365 days of attention. Can we win at that game?
What might the ESPN-like pundits observe, were they to gauge the likelihood of a Minnesota victory in this global economy? Where does our General Manager (aka all of us who care about the state) need to focus attention?
Housing is more than shelter. Our communities need stable neighborhoods where families can put down roots. Children need safe, stable homes and neighborhoods to flourish and succeed in school. With so much changing in the housing market, reports of volatile prices, it's a good chance to take a step back and look at how all of these numbers are impacting our communities.