The Institute of Politics serves as a regional catalyst, bringing public and private sector leaders together in private sessions to focus on issues of significance to Western Pennsylvania. This role requires the development of seminars and other off the record discussions which are regional, intergovernmental, interdisciplinary, and non-partisan.
The Institute's programming strategy includes two criteria:
- Public and elected officials will assist with the development and implementation of all programs.
- All programs will be tailored to involve a policy impact or outcome.
The Institute is currently working on the following initiatives:
Criminal Justice Reform: Creating a Path Forward to Reduce Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
The IOP and its Progress Panel continue to push for criminal justice reform in Allegheny County. Its latest effort is a comprehensive research initiative designed for "Creating a Path Forward to Reduce Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System." Learn more about the IOP's criminal justice reform efforts.
Education: Learning from Crisis
The IOP's Education Committee is working on a white paper to identify policy solutions that foster creating nimble, high-performing learning environments that provide continuity and equity in K-12 education during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more how we can "Learn from Crisis."
Education: Strengthening Relationships in Education
The Institute's Education Committee held a forum to build capacity among superintendents and other school leaders to serve as more effective advocates for the students in their districts. Learn more about strengthening relationships in education.
Health and Human Services: Fostering a Lead-safe Region
The Institute's Health and Human Services Committee developed programming to increase awareness and reduce exposure to lead for southwestern Pennsylvanians. Learn more about these initiatives here.
Governance: Local Government Finance Initiative
The IOP Fiscal Policy & Governance Committee is developing a new project to provide southwestern Pennsylvania local governments guidance and resources to help inform their financial decision making in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the Local Government Finance Initiative.
Workforce Development: Enhancing Student Success
The IOP Workforce Development Committee is working to smooth the transition between secondary and postsecondary education and careers, through increased access to dual enrollment, early college high school, and pre-apprenticeships. Learn more about "Enhancing Student Success through Increased Access to Postsecondary and Workforce Opportunities.".