WRI focuses on issues that matter to South Jersey.

We research. We evaluate and analyze. We connect diverse stakeholders with objective research and data to guide informed decisions.

We seek out challenging issues impacting residents and work to advance the health, safety, and well-being of people and communities in South Jersey.



Applied Research, Program Evaluation, and Strategic Planning

  • We develop appropriate data questions from stated problems
  • We identify current and needed data sets
  • We collect and analyze data to extract a meaningful answers or solutions
  • Conducting research, collecting and analyzing data, and translating the findings for use by a broad range of stakeholders,
  • Evaluating policies, programs, and organizations for effectiveness and mission alignment

Convening and Community Engagement, and Backbone Support

  • We convening, facilitating, and engaging the community on key issues
  • We engage in community discussions to identify policy-relevant research needs
  • We implement collaborative efforts to advance solutions and shared practices
  • We advance collective impact by providing backbone support
  • We help guide policy development, program implementation, and organizational growth of local and regional nonprofits

Data & Analysis, Capacity-Building, and Technical Assistance

  • We work with data to build upon a research base that is accessible, easy-to-use, and relevant to decision-makers and practitioners
  • We analyze local data and translate findings to produce evidence-based conclusions for stakeholders
  • We evaluate short-and-long term needs for data, programs and processes for efficiency and impact
  • We lead strategic planning for vision alignment and initiative development,
  • We build capacity and provide technical assistance and training


Our Focus Areas

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