About Us

The Mercyhurst University Civic Institute is a university-community partnership dedicated to the well-being of the Erie region and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The staff at the Civic Institute follow an action research model, providing high-quality, objective information, utilizing data-driven decision making, and promoting evidence-based strategies.  The Civic Institute collaborates with several community partners and has contracts in areas such as child welfare, domestic violence, housing, criminal justice, health, and more.  Through evaluations, board facilitation, strategic planning, community education, survey design, and other key activities, the Civic Institute enhances communication and links resources, facilitates, and informs discussions about key needs in the community, and assists with implementing strategies to achieve positive outcomes in needed areas.  The Civic Institute is funded through grants and contracts, and its work is based on secured funding.

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