The Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project
The Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project, funded by the William Penn Foundation, aims to promote regional thinking about our most important challenges by illuminating conditions and trends in our nine county region (defined as the central cities of Philadelphia and Camden along with the Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery, and the New Jersey counties of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem). To promote regional thinking, MPIP maintains and updates a set of social, economic, and environmental indicators that protray the quality of life in the region’s communities, offering analyses of these indicators in occasional web reports and an annual report. From 2003-2005, MPIP and Temple’s Institute for Survey Research also conducted annual 1,000 random digit-dialing household surveys of perceptions of quality of life, permitting comparison of perceptions with actual conditions.
Temple University Institute for Survey Research
Founded in 1967, Temple University Institute for Survey Research is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic survey research centers in the U.S., with more than 40 years of experience conducting national, state, and local surveys, statistical research, focus group research, needs assessments, and program evaluations.
They collaborate with faculty and other researchers around the country on surveys and evaluations across a broad range of fields, topics and populations.
Pennsylvania Policy Database Project
The Pennsylvania Policy Database Project is a free, online resource that provides access to more than 160,000 state and news media records and enables users to trace and analyze with a few mouse clicks the history of public policy in the Commonwealth since 1979. Designed for easy use by educators, students, researchers, policy makers, news reporters, and the general public, it is the first comprehensive state policy database of its kind.
The project was built by Temple University and five other universities with the support and cooperation of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Also participating were Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, and the University of Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania project is modeled on the national Policy Agendas database (www.policyagendas.org), which allows users to track and analyze federal policy since 1946. Created by political scientists Frank R. Baumgartner and Bryan D. Jones and funded by the National Science Foundation, the national project is housed at the University of Texas. Similar databases are under construction in a dozen foreign countries (www.comparativeagendas.org at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).