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.
The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development (The Institute) was formed as a partnership of 13 colleges and universities in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre/ Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area and the business community. The Institute’s managing partner is Wilkes University.
Formed in 2004, the center began operations with pledged capital from business and industry, higher education, and nonprofit organizations to provide community based research in northeastern Pennsylvania to provide data for leaders and organizations to make informed decisions for revitalization and economic sustainability. From there, The Institute emerged as a premier entity with capacity for both community based research and proprietary research for public, private, and non-profit sectors to use in developing feasibility, strategy, programs, initiatives, and policy.
Ooms is responsible for all facets of research, organizational strategy, and management.
Senior Research & Policy Analyst
Andrew Chew is responsible for coordinating may of The Institute's research projects.
Director of Community Outreach
Susan is responsible for marketing, business development, fundraising and community outreach.
Chris serves as the researcher for the several task forces engaged in both qualitative research and analysis.
Joe is responsible for providing research support as well as assisting with outreach and working with interns.
Data, Research, Intern & Administrative Coordinator
Jill assists with the collection and management of data.
Kara provides support for The Institute's operations with event logistics as well as administrative functions.
Saidat is currenty enrolled in the MBA program at Wilkes University and the first International Kirby Graduate Scholar.