Civic Partners

From its inception, MPIP worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to support their work. Below is a listing of a number of the organizations we have worked with and the services we performed. You can follow the hyperlinks to the organizations’ major Internet sites.

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
NNIP is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, and local partners to further the development and use of community-level information systems in local policymaking and community building. MPIP is one of the more than 30 city and regional partners. In past years, MPIP was a collaborative partner in two major efforts: 1) developing comprehensive, shared, and neighborhood to regional scale indicators that can be used in the pursuit of the Partnership’s goal; and 2) responses to the foreclosure crisis facing most of the cities and regions represented in NNIP.

Comprehensive Community Indicator Initiatives
NNIP partners update neighborhood data systems covering a variety of topics. In some cities, including Philadelphia, communities use the data from the NNIP partners to develop comprehensive community indicator initiatives. In this approach, indicators were selected across topical domains to collectively track trends in community well-being and quality of life. A comprehensive indicators project offered communities an opportunity to discuss what is important to them, to systematically review whether things have been getting better or worse, and to establish priorities for policy response. In recent years, this initiative has expanded, developing a concept and plan for developing a shared indicators system. Working papers and further information are available at

NNIP Foreclosure Activities
Over two-thirds of NNIP partners collaborated with their local networks to improve their communities' response to the foreclosure crisis. They engaged in a wide range of activities, including analysis of the patterns and causes of foreclosures, helping practitioners to tailor strategies to fit neighborhood contexts and rapidly changing conditions, and facilitating coordination of efforts across programmatic and government silos. Of particular note were efforts to analyze the impacts of foreclosure on children and schools (funded by the Open Society Institute and the Foundation to Promote Open Society). NNIP also tracked presentations and publications dealing with foreclosure and its impacts on communities. (A continually updated list is available at

NNIP was also a co-sponsor of, an online guide to foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy, KnowledgePlex, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Urban Institute. Launched in February 2009, the site includes easily accessible information on a broad range of state and local policy solutions, as well as tools to create customized neighborhood-level data reports and maps and participate in interactive online discussions.

At the request of CAMConnect, MPIP made presentations at the annual Camden Data Open House each December, at Rutgers/Camden, an event that brings together a group of data organizations with information resources that include Camden.

Campus Philly 
We assisted this organization in designing a questionnaire to be used in researching the experiences and future plans of college students studying in the greater Philadelphia area, as part of the effort to retain more college graduates in the region.

Chester Youth Collaborative 
MPIP worked with a coalition of youth-serving organizations in the city of Chester to design and administer a survey to measure levels of trust, social capital, and organizational involvement among Chester residents. 

Delaware Valley Council for Early Learning and Care 
We offered advice and collaboration on mapping the locations of child care and related services.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 
MPIP served on the advisory committee to DVRPC project, "Tracking Progress Toward 2030," identifying indicators for Destination 2030, the DVRPC Long Range Plan. In the three policy realms featured in DVRPC's project (namely, transportation, land use, and economic development), MPIP has considerable expertise to share.

Eastern North Philadelphia Youth Services Coalition and the United Way of SEPA 
MPIP worked with these coalition partners to collect demographic, health, crime, housing and education data for the various tracts comprising the ENPYSC service area, producing a report that brings attention to community needs. 

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia 
We helped ELGP to build the QCEW analytical data set which they used to undertake an evaluation of the companies assisted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia 
Technological advances created the possibility of digital formats for a Philadelphia encyclopedia, a major work that offers an authoritative and easily comprehensible source of information about the metropolitan area.MPIP was a partner in the digital task force which brought to Philadelphia experts representing nationally significant projects that have used digital approaches to assist local planners to shape Philadelphia’s encyclopedia, now accessible on-line at 

MPIP created a series of maps targeting suburban areas that have a high level of adults with some college, but no degree. Graduate!Philadelphia used these maps to focus their outreach to suburban communities. 

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance 
MPIP provided data analysis for Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity. MPIP served on the advisory panel to GPCA's Cultural Data Project. We also furnished data and consultation for Arts and Culture in the Metropolis, published by the RAND Corporation. MPIP worked with the Cultural Alliance on analyzing the impact of frequent attendance at cultural events on civic engagement. Using voting records along with the Cultural Alliance's cultural "super attendee" list, MPIP determined what relationship, if any, exists between frequent attendance at arts events and participation in elections. 

Jewish Employment and Vocational Service
MPIP provided supervision for a Temple graduate student intern working at JEVS during Spring 2005; she used the MPIP data base to produce an analysis of the relationships between housing, income, and health problems for JEV's welfare-to-work clients. 

Mt. Airy USA 
MPIP provided consultation to this nonprofit community development corporation about how to conduct opinion surveys to discover how residents of its service area perceive the quality of life in their community. This project was funded by Wachovia Foundation. 

Nonprofit Finance Fund 
MPIP mapped the locations of child care facilities in the City of Philadelphia for a presentation to the Philadelphia City Council that helped to secure a $1 million allocation in the city budget to support capital investments in child care facilities. 

Pennsylvania Department of Health 
The Fall 2004 household survey included a special section on emergency preparedness, which we designed in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Department of Health. 

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging 
MPIP made presentations at three meetings organized by PCA to provide professionals in elder care from various agencies with information about trends in the aging population. MPIP worked with PCA to present a major regional conference in November on “Evaluating Neighborhood Programs: Measuring Outcomes, Determining Effectiveness.”  PCA attracted an unusually large audience of staff, volunteers, and funders of aging services to learn about applying data to evaluate services.  

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation 
MPIP supplied data to PIDC for their analysis of the growth of nonprofit organizations in the city of Philadelphia, as well as growth in the for-profit sector. 

Rutgers University/Camden
PA and NJ state and nonprofit organizations serving ex-offenders 
MPIP joined Chancellor Wendell Pritchett and colleagues at Rutgers/Camden to design and organize a regional conference on April 8, 2010, focusing on ex-offenders re-entering the communities of southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.  

Select Greater Philadelphia 
Worked with Phil Hopkins, Director of Research for Select Greater Philadelphia, MPIP provided analysis that undergirded a May 2006 report, "The Greater Philadelphia Region: A View from Above." 

10,000 of Pennsylvania 
As a partner in the Transportation Assets Project, MPIP analyzed the impacts of mass transit use, particularly use of the regional rail system, on community assets like property values, home improvement lending, and tax rates. MPIP presented this analysis to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Regional Citizen’s Committee. 

United Way of Southeastern Delaware County
MPIP prepared maps and data showing the discrepancies in Delaware County between the places with the greatest need for human services, and the places containing the greatest concentrations of human service nonprofit organizations. 

Urban Institute, Washington DC 
MPIP advised the Institute's Arts and Culture in Community Building Project ("ACIP"). 

Western Region Montgomery County Collaborative 
In June 2005, David Elesh and Josh Freely made a presentation to representatives of 15 different human service organizations at the Penn State Cooperative Extension on Skippack Pike near Collegeville. We remain in touch with Wendy David of United Way and Joe Ronan, the head of Montco Human Services, to provide support for their efforts to coordinate human service planning in Montgomery County.