Partnering to assess human services needs in Burlington and Salem Counties

Every two years, counties are required by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) to study community needs and evaluate current services using both a quantitative and qualitative approach. This year, WRI is partnering with the Human Services Advisory Councils (HSAC) in Burlington and Salem Counties to assess the strength of current services for children and families and identify local needs.

WRI denounces racism, stands in solidarity.

Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs denounces all forms of racism. We are outraged and saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others, along with systemic injustices against Black people and people of color in our country. At WRI, Black Lives Matter. Brown Lives Matter.

Are South Jersey school districts prepared for the recession?

To help the state distribute cuts fairly, and to help school districts plan for the future, it is vital that state and local policymakers in South Jersey are aware of the most financially vulnerable school districts in the region. This study provides actionable and pertinent school district funding information.

COVID-19 Daily Tracker

WRI plots the progress of COVID-19 across counties in New Jersey. The plots, inspired by those at the New York Times, show deaths (y-axis) on a logarithmic scale over time (x-axis). A logarithmic scale shows different growth rates as lines of different steepness.

Timing County Hospital Bed Shortfall during COVID-19

On March 16, WRI released a research brief comparing estimates of available hospital beds in South Jersey with the likely demand for hospital beds under three coronavirus spread scenarios. This follow-up brief updates the previous model and predicts when demand for hospital beds will first surpass capacity in each of the 21 New Jersey counties.