MPIP researcher David Elesh presented an analysis using MPIP data at the annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in Baltimore on April 24, 2008. Using data on the average verbal and mathematics scores of 8th graders in 148 school districts in Greater Philadelphia, he explored the characteristics of school districts that succeed and fail.
In March 2008, MPIP researcher David Bartelt presented data and maps to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Regional Citizen’s Committee that demonstrated the range of communities served by the region’s rail network (SEPTA, PATCO, and New Jersey Transit). The presentation focused on measuring the regional rail system as a community asset that benefits the households and communities of the region; it examined the relationships between rail ridership and housing values, the community tax base, and community vitality.
In addition to surveying households within the Greater Philadelphia region, Temple researchers have also surveyed households across the state of Pennsylvania, asking them the same questions we asked within the Philadelphia metro region. A new report looks at whether Pennsylvanian's attitudes about their communities differed systematically depending on the type of community they live in.
The National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership (NNIP; http://www.urban.org/nnip) has become a key data partner with The Reinvestment Fund as they represent Philadelphia in a national partnership of 22 sites to further the democratization of data in the service of community needs assessment, program development and new initiatives for community development.