Leveraging data and engaging the community to guide good policy and practice in the region.

Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) at Rutgers University-Camden addresses public policy issues impacting southern New Jersey through applied research, community engagement and organizational development.


Population Health & Wellness

Providing data on health in populations and communities to guide informed decisions.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Connecting residents with information and support for safe communities.

Community Development

Helping organizations and communities plan strategically and grow in collaborative ways.



Applied Research

Program Evaluation

Data and Analysis




Community Engagement

Backbone Support


Strategic Planning


Technical Assistance



Election 2019: a South Jersey snapshot

On November 5, New Jersey residents voted for all 80 seats in the General Assembly and decided on a ballot question to amend the State Constitution. The New Jersey Division of Elections will certify election results in December. But here’s where we currently stand.

CDHW-IRG Funds 14 Innovative Health Projects

CDHW-IRG has provided seed funding to 14 projects, selected through competitive review, that have proposed novel approaches to addressing classic “upstream” issues that can impact health and well-being.

Strategic Planning with CEB

In summer 2019, the Community Education Building (CEB) initiated a vision alignment project in coordination with WRI to strengthen current partnerships, identify and resolve barriers to student success, and drive investment in future expansion and growth.