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Strengthening Communities

Providing non-partisan research and data analysis to state and local officials, agencies, and community leaders to improve the lives and well-being of West Virginia and broader Appalachia.

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We are the Institute for Policy Research and Public Affairs in the John D. "Jay" Rockefeller School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University.

Located on WVU's Morgantown campus, we pursue funded research on a diverse range of policy issues relevant to the state of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region. Consistent with  WVU's land-grant mission, we provide non-partisan research to state and local officials, agencies, and community leaders to improve the lives and well-being of West Virginians. 

Our research partnerships span the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and we welcome inquiries about collaborations within the state and the broader Appalachian region. We conduct interdisciplinary research on public policy at the intersection of the natural, biological, and social sciences. We have a strong belief that addressing our most important public problems and seizing on its most promising opportunities requires an integrated approach with a broad and deep commitment to social science as the link between natural, biological, and human systems. We endeavor to bridge basic and applied research in our collaborations and in service of West Virginia and its communities.

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Data Research and Reports

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Services for Families and Children in the Greater Kanawha Valley

This study examines service and provider availability in the area served by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. A key difficulty in ascertaining which services are available pertains to services provided to county residents...

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West Virginia's IDEA Data: Developmental Disability in Time and Space

This report examines temporal trends and spatial variation in independent educational plans (IEPs) documented in IDEA data in West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) delivers the IDEA data as a set of cross-tabulations...

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