The Walter Rand Institute conducts research, collects and analyzes data, and translates the findings for use by a broad range of stakeholders. We apply this knowledge toward policy development, program implementation, and building the capacity of organizations and communities. In turn, we evaluate policies, programs, and organizations for effectiveness, further contributing to the research base available to decision-makers and practitioners.
Our work connects those who need it with the objective research and guidance necessary to make informed decisions and build sound strategies and operations. WRI’s technical assistance focuses on helping organizations and communities develop strategic approaches and build capacity, focusing on long-term sustainability.
We are also a sought-after backbone organization with a strong history of facilitating collaborative community efforts.
Assessing the Availability of Population-Appropriate Housing for the Homeless in Southern New Jersey
WRI Faculty Fellow Melanie Bowers is studying the availability and geographic distribution of population-appropriate housing and services for the homeless in Southern New Jersey.
Steered Straight Inc. Back to Classroom Evaluation
WRI is working with Steered Straight, Inc. on an evaluation of their Back to Classroom Initiative.
Abandoned Housing Study and Solutions
WRI is studying the extent of foreclosed housing in South Jersey and examining potential solutions.
Community Data Access Program for South Jersey
The South Jersey Community Data Access Program is a critical component of WRI’s mission to provide stakeholders with information and analysis necessary to better understand and address policy issues impacting the region.
Community Development Plan for Salem City
WRI is partnering with Stand Up for Salem to create an inclusive community development plan for Salem City.
Next Generation of Community Leaders Program Evaluation
WRI is conducting a three-year evaluation of a New Jersey Health Initiatives-funded Next Generation of Community Leaders Program at Gateway Community Action Partnership in Bridgeton, NJ.
South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative Evaluation
Commissioned by Pascale Sykes Foundation, WRI examines the impact of social service organization collaboration on child well-being, financial stability of families, and relationships between children and their caregivers.
Public Reports and Resources