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Bob Gradeck, Research Manager, University Center for Social and Urban Research

The University Center for Social and Urban Research was established in 1972 as a hub for interdisciplinary basic and applied research in the social and behavioral sciences, with programs in Urban and Regional Analysis, Survey Research, Gerontology, and Qualitative Data Analysis.  The Urban and Regional Analysis program centers on applied research and outreach in economic and community development, planning, and urban revitalization issues in the Pittsburgh region and is home to community-based indicator systems and data analysis focused on our region, including:

  • The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center supports key community initiatives by making public information easier to find and use. The Data Center provides a technological and legal infrastructure for data sharing to support a growing ecosystem of data providers and data users. The Data Center maintains Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh’s open data portal, and provides a number of services to data publishers and users. The Data Center also hosts datasets from these and other public sector agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. The Data Center is managed by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research, and is a partnership of the University, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles, a web-based software tool to present community data and indicators through a series of visualizations, including tables, maps, graphs and charts, with information from dozens of local, state and federal data sources, at geographic scales from blocks, census tracts, and neighborhoods to zip codes and municipal and county levels, over 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Pittsburgh Today, a comparative indicator project across fourteen regions in the U.S., providing in-depth data and data analysis across eleven critical parts of the regional economy and social fabric.  Pittsburgh Today measures and compares the Pittsburgh region’s strengths and weaknesses, with its analysis and discussions sparking a more informed public dialog among policy makers, elected officials, initiatives and educational institutions about the health and vitality of the Pittsburgh region.
Mike Blackhurst
Research Development Manager
Liz Monk
Research Specialist
Sabina Deitrick
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Bob Gradeck
Research Manager, University Center for Social and Urban Research

Activities

2019
The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and the Allegheny Land Trust won a Governor's Award for... [read more]
July 22, 2019
T... [read more]
June 12, 2019
NNIP has selected Bob Gradeck, Manager of the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh, as the 2019 winner of the... [read more]

Publications

July 2, 2019
Blog post - By: David Walker

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Parking data blog post
June 17, 2019
Blog post - By: Bob Gradeck

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Milwaukee blog post
June 14, 2019
Meeting Materials - By: Bob Gradeck

University Center for Social and Urban Research

PPTX
February 21, 2019
Presentation - By: Bob Gradeck

University Center for Social and Urban Research

PPTX
December 3, 2018
Presentation - By: Bob Gradeck

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Presentation

Partner Webinars

October 22, 2019 - 9:00am

Data Days are gatherings that focus on building a common understanding and improving literacy around data and highlight ways that data can improve the community. Data Days are designed to help... [read more]

Presenters Seema D. Iyer, PhD, Carrie Koss Vallejo, Liz Monk
February 15, 2018 - 1:00pm

In 2014, we began holding virtual idea showcases after partners expressed the desire for more NNIP conversations between in-person meetings. Thanks to Idea Showcases, partners have shared their... [read more]

Presenters Matt Nowlin , Zafreen Jaffery , Steve Saylor