Studies and Reports

WRI collaborates with community organizations, leaders, nonprofits, and foundations to advance research around critical issues affecting residents and communities. Additionally, WRI hosts forums and educational events to share this information and encourage dialogue and discussion of issues.

South Jersey Health Needs: Connections, Community, and CareDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Sarah Allred, Ph.D., Population Health, 2019
Summarizing findings of the 2019 CHNA, WRI researchers released an important finding about health in South Jersey: residents’ physical and mental health are surprisingly strongly predicted by their connections to the people and places surrounding them.
CHNA: Executive SummaryDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Sarah Allred, Ph.D., Population Health, 2019
Summarizing findings of the 2019 CHNA completed for the SOUTH JERSEY HEALTH COLLABORATIVE: Cooper University Health Care, Jefferson Health, Lourdes Health System, Virtua Health,Burlington County Health Department, Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, and Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services.
Community Health Needs AssessmentDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Sarah Allred, Ph.D., Population Health, 2019
CHNA report completed for SOUTH JERSEY HEALTH COLLABORATIVE: Cooper University Health Care, Jefferson Health, Lourdes Health System, Virtua Health,Burlington County Health Department, Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, and Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services in Camden, Burlington, Salem and Gloucester Counties.
Turning Toxic Liabilities into Community Assets: ReportDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Paul Smith, WRI; Wanda P. Hardy, Financial Wellness Institute; Theresa DiVietro, Land Dimensions Engineering; Jody Velez, Stand Up for Salem; Kimberly Ayers, Ph.D., Cumberland County Improvement Authority, Community Development, 2018
A report detailing the distressed housing market in South Jersey and potential solutions.
Our Piece of the PieDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Michael S. Hayes, Ph.D., 2018
A report detailing the distribution of municipal funds in New Jersey.
Is South Jersey Getting Its Fair Share of Public GoodsDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Shauna Shames, Ph.D., 2016
A report addressing the central question of whether South Jersey really does get fewer public goods, taking into account differences in population, tax revenue, and other key variables. detailing the distribution of municipal funds in New Jersey.
Housing in South Jersey: A Regional BriefDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by WRI, 2016
This brief is focused on the changes in housing prices and property taxes that have occurred in South Jersey from 2013 to 2014 and focuses on Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties. distribution of municipal funds in New Jersey.
South Jersey PARCC Results 2014-2015DescriptionDownload/View
Authored by WRI, 2016
Analysis of the South Jersey PARCC Results for the 2014-2015 school year and how school districts in South Jersey performed relative to their counterparts in North and Central Jersey.
South Jersey Health SnapshotDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by WRI, Population Health, 2016
Data from the County Health Rankings from the Robert Wood Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Changes Across the Region: People, Economy, and Well-Being ReportDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Ph.D., Community Development, 2014
A report outlining provide a “picture” of the quality of life across counties in South Jersey.
Public Health Coalitions in South JerseyDescriptionDownload/View
Authored by WRI, Population Health, 2016
A summary of key findings from the literature on effective coalitions, methodological challenges in measuring effectiveness, and prominent public health coalitions in South Jersey.

 


Strategic Planning and Evaluation

A critical piece of successful programming is ongoing evaluation. WRI partners with a wide range of local and regional organizations and municipalities to evaluate programs, services, initiatives, and resources working to advance public good. WRI is skilled in helping organizations and nonprofits better align for mission success and impact.


WRI Faculty Fellow Research

WRI Faculty Fellows are distinguished Rutgers University-Camden Faculty who focus their research on topics that impact the southern New Jersey region. Once completed, their research is presented as part of WRI’s ongoing forum series for South Jersey. Forums aim to create awareness, educate stakeholders and foster further discussion and research on issues relevant to the people of South Jersey.

Dr. Bernadette West, School of Public Health
Dr. Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Christine Thurlow Brenner, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
2005-2006

“Nuevos Residentes: Local Government Responsiveness in the New Latino Designations”

Damon Y. Smith, Esq., School of Law–Camden
2005-2006

“Eminent Domain and the Constitutionality of Local Redevelopment Planning”

Dr. Jeffery M. Dorwart, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
2002-2003

“South Jersey @ War, 1630-2003”

Dr. Patrice Mareschal, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
2002-2003

“New Jersey’s Emerging Crisis in Long-Term Direct Care”

Dr. Chester S. Spell, School of Business–Camden
2002-2003

“The Role of Employers in the Mental Health of Employees”

Dr. Sheila Cosminsky, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Ted Goertzel, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Russell Harrison, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
2000-2001

“How Bad Are At-Large Elections? At-Large Elections, School Size, and Inequality of Science Proficiencies”

Professor Sheila Foster, School of Law–Camden
1999-2000

“To Devolve and Collaborate: Examining Community-Based Environmental Decision Making”

Dr. Drew Humphries, Faculty of Arts and Sciences