Minnesota Compass

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2008
Year of Last Input: 2017
Last Updated: Sep 15 2017
Project Location:
State / Province:
Lead Organization:
Wilder Research
Type of Organization:
Nonprofit - Research

Geographic Scope

Subneighborhood, Neighborhood, Municipality, County , Metropolitan, Multi-County, Sub-State Region, State/Province, National

Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Civic Engagement, Demography, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Land Use, Poverty, Public Safety, Transportation, Population


Minnesota Compass measures progress and inspires action to keep quality of life high in regions and communities throughout our state. It tracks trends and provides analysis, community commentary and strategies for tackling an issue.

The initiative measures indicators across a variety of domains, including aging, arts and culture, civic engagement, early childhood, economy, education, environment, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation, and workforce. An interactive tool allows users to build, compare, and draw custom geographic profiles. Compass also provides an extensive demographic information and highlights the issue of disparities, identified as a major threat to the well-being of our state.

In addition, Compass tracks long-range trends and provides analysis, community commentary and strategies for tackling an issue.

Compass is funded and governed by a consortium of foundations across the state and is led by Wilder Research, a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul.

Project URL


Reporting Format

Annual Report, Online Reporting, Online Dashboard, Interactive Online Display

Other Partners

United Way, Community Foundation

Project Contact:

Allison Liuzzi
Wilder Research - Nonprofit - Research
St Paul MN USA