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University Center for Social and Urban Research

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Sabina Deitrick, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

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

July 25, 2017
In June, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership and Microsoft released a collection of ... [read more]

Publications

February 15, 2018
Presentation - By: Steve Saylor

University Center for Social and Urban Research

NNIP Idea Showcase Saylor 2-2018.pptx
November 1, 2017
Report - By: Sunlight Foundation

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Playbook
October 19, 2017
Blog post - By: Bob Gradeck, Eleanor Tutt

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Link
October 19, 2017
Blog post - By: Bob Gradeck, Eleanor Tutt, Liz Monk

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Pittsburgh's Data Day: Using Civic Data to Spark Hands-on Community Engagement
October 13, 2017
Meeting Materials - By: Eleanor Tutt

University Center for Social and Urban Research

Friday_Ignite_Tutt.pptx

Partner Webinars

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
June 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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 Maxwell Austensen, Mingming Zhang, Anthony Galvan, Bob Gradeck