The Institute has completed a number of projects for clients representing all sectors. The Institute has completed projects for small communities and global companies. Studies have included initiatives that drive a single strategy or impact an entire state. Client profiles by project type are identified.
Arts and cultural programs enrich communities. The research team helps these organizations enliven economies as well through a variety of assessments, studies, and planning efforts.
The Institute’s community development studies contribute to the rebuilding and repopulation of neighborhoods and town centers.
The research team gathers, organizes, scrubs, analyzes, verifies, and stores qualitative and quantitative data that is used for grant reporting, outcomes assessment, and other studies.
There are many forms of economic analysis and are included in most of Institute research. The Institute uses economic analysis to understand regional challenges, resource allocation, and cost benefit analysis.
With talent attraction, entrepreneurship, business growth, and sustainability in mind, The Institute implements trend analysis and asset mapping to produce strategies priority and livability guidelines and land use recommendations.
Economic impact includes one-time expense and value-add for project completion as well as long-term direct, indirect, and induced effects of a given proposal. The team’s impact reports cover spending, visitor activity, tax revenue, employment gains, and more.
Education and workforce development includes the creation of assessments, and analysis of existing programs and their education and training needs. The Institute conducts program inventory, synthesizes findings, and puts forth projections and recommendations.
The research team looks to socio-economic indicators and determinants of health, along with secondary data, to study behavioral health, addiction, pregnancy, aging, and other factors influencing well-being throughout the region. Mixed method approaches to primary data gathering are also employed to synthesize with secondary data in an effort to identify program and policy solutions.
The Institute’s Indicators report and event are well known throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Task forces focusing on various issues – from land use to housing – drive research that is presented with the Indicators and subsequently shapes the community pillars report.
Workforce and training needs are addressed, supply chains, markets, industry profiles, and opportunities for growth proposed during the assessment of businesses in various industries.
Services for local government extend to management and financial audits, assistance with transition to home rule, compliance, development of organizational structure with job requirements, identification of open space opportunities, and drafting of zoning and enforcement codes.
Marcellus Shale studies explore uses and demand for natural gas, as well as dynamics in core shale and adjacent counties. They also offer insight into the drilling industry career ladder.
The Institute conducts market and feasibility studies for new developments (residential and commercial), programs and services and business expansion.
By detailing an organization’s most pressing needs, The Institute can effectively propose options for positive change, facilitate funding support and increases, and boost accessibility of services. Data synthesis from research and SWOT analysis reveal emerging trends and capacity-building opportunities.
Evaluative services include consultation regarding metrics and tools for data-gathering, performance assessment, analysis of outcomes. These efforts are often required for meeting state and federal reporting requirements, however more organizations are using metric and evaluation for measuring their own impact as well as their impact on social change.
Good strategy requires the development of measures and evaluation criteria, and shapes plans for program implementation and fulfillment of forecasted needs.
Survey development and dissemination, along with thorough analysis of responses, allow business and organizational leaders to glean insight that helps them achieve their goals.
The Institute is equipped to detail benchmarks for technology programs, report on technology graduates and their subsequent employment, and assess new and exciting technology initiatives.
Mobility and access to transportation – and the ability to market them well – influence travel trends and community stability overall. The research studies these dynamics, with public service and safety in mind.