Research for the Community, by the Community

The Institute is an economic research and applied research and consulting group that provides customized client solutions and strategies to facilitate decision making and planning that enhances growth, impact, and sustainability for organizations.

Importand COVID-19 research in relation to our NEPA community

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About Our Research

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Key Research Reports

Economy Tracker

Get the lastest report on Northeast Pennsylvania’s economic health.

Indicators Reports

The latest report for 2021 is out. Learn what factors are affecting the health and welfare of NEPA.

Policy Tracker

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News from our community and around the state
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Our Institute researchers track regional economic indicators including:

Demographics • Job & Economy • Education
Housing • Health Care • Social Services
Local Government • Public Safety • Environment
Civic Engagement • Technology & Innovation


For more than 15 years, The Institute’s team of researchers and analysts has used our analytic skills and extensive experience in a variety of research methodologies to inform and shape economic, health, education, social science, public policy, business, and urban planning initiatives. We do this work collaboratively as a cross-functional team to design, manage, and deliver end-to-end quantitative and qualitative research and solutions for stakeholders.


We focus on the components for regional prosperity and business solutions, development strategies for state and local government, and feasibility studies. We also convene stakeholders and facilitate discussions to move initiatives forward.


Polling Center
In 2015, The Institute along with its 13 higher education partners formed a polling program within the organization. Read more…

Data Brief – State of NEPA – April 2021
Senior Research & Policy Analyst, Andrew Chew shares insights on the NEPA economy and COVID-19. Read more…


The Institute is a partnership of 13 colleges and universities and the business community, with offices in northeastern Pennsylvania.