A partnership among Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Wright Center, University of Scranton, and Wilkes University.


Community Based-Research

The Institute produces community based research on a number of topics and issues. The purpose is to call attention to trends and opportunities and provide foundation information to interested stakeholders. This portion of The Institute’s work is supported through contributions and pledges from individuals, businesses, and foundations.

The Institute has completed research in the following areas:

  • Arts, Culture & Tourism
  • Demographics
  • Economic Development
  • Education (Pre K-12)
  • Health & Healthcare
  • Government
  • Higher Education

The Institute has also prepared policy statements and analysis on several issues. Finally, The Institute has produced a Quarterly Economic Tracker (formerly the Recession Tracker) that provides a brief summary of regional economic indicators.

The Institute along with its 10 higher education partners created a polling program to assess college and professional school students on issues important to them, the region and its quality of life, education and civic engagement.