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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.
The Pittsburgh Study will follow children in Allegheny County from birth through high school. It is the largest community-partnered intervention study to follow children over time. ... [read more]
The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and the Allegheny Land Trust won a Governor's Award for... [read more]
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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]