Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis

About IPPEA


The EWU Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis was created in 2002 to provide data and analysis about a variety of factors in the region that will be useful for businesses, communities and others as they plan for the future.

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  • Survey of Latino Business Owners in North Central & Northeast Washington
    Monograph No. 19, June 2014: Exec. Summary | Full Report
  • Spatial Income Inequality in the Pacific Northwest, 1970-2010
    Monograph No. 18, June 2014:  Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • A Survey of Views of the Competing Users of River Water Resources in the Intermountain Province of the U.S. Columbia River Basin
    Monograph No. 17, June 2012: Exec. Summary | Full Report
  • The Redistricting Process in Washington State
    Monograph No. 16, September 2011: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • Municipal Economies of Scale & Scope and Post-Consolidation Economic Performance: A Literature Review
    Monograph No. 15, November 2010: Exec. Summary | Full Report
  • An Analysis of Regional Government and Reforms
    Monograph No. 14, November 2010: Exec. Summary | Full Report
  • A Comparison of Cluster Formation in Spokane and Similar MSAs
    Monograph No. 13, June 2009 | Full Report
  • Educational Experiences and Aspirations of American Indian High-School Students in the Spokane Area
    Monograph No. 12, February 2008: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • An Exploration of Similarities between National and Regional Economic Activity in the Inland Northwest
    Monograph No. 11, May 2006: Exec. Summary | Full Report
  • Community Social Profile of Airway Heights: A Community in Transition
    Monograph No. 10, June 2005: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • An Analysis of the Effect of Lower Medicare Reimbursement on Spokane and Kootenai Counties’ Healthcare Sectors
    Monograph No. 9, March 2005: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • Benchmarking University-Industry Technology Transfer in the Inland Northwest
    Monograph No. 8, January 2005: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • Culture and Economic Development in the Spokane Region
    Monograph No. 7, September 2004: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • Transfer Payments, Personal Income, and Taxes: A Comparison Between Spokane and Kootenai Counties
    Monograph No. 6, August 2004: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • An In-Depth Socioeconomic Profile of Asian Americans in Spokane County, Washington and Kootenai County, Idaho
    Monograph No. 5, June 2004: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • An Analysis of Population Change in Spokane County, Washington and Kootenai County, Idaho
    Monograph No. 4, December 2003: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Spokane County, Washington and Kootenai County, Idaho
    Monograph No. 3, October 2003: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Spokane County, Washington and Kootenai County, Idaho
    Monograph No. 2, August 2003: Exec. SummaryFull Report
  • A Demographic and Economic Analysis for the City of Spokane Valley
    Monograph No.1, July 2003: Exec. SummaryFull Report

The Institute has co-developed and currently manages seven Community Indicators Projects: The Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane, Walla Walla Trends, Chelan Douglas Trends, Northeast Washington Trends, Walla Walla Regional Vital Signs, Grant County Trends, Priority Spokane and Benton Franklin Trends. The vision for these projects is to create a healthy, vibrant community by making local data available in several key areas including culture & recreation, demographics, economic vitality, education, the environment, health, housing & transportation, and public safety.

  • The Benton Franklin Trends website serves the informational needs of Benton and Franklin Counties. The project’s steering committee, composed of leaders from various segments of the two counties, believe that a comprehensive set of facts about our community will help decision-making in both private and public settings. The indicators have been chosen through a process engaging community leaders with subject experts. They represent our residents’ current preferences for what is important to measure, subject to available data sources. Ten categories contain approximately 175 indicators, all tracked over time and in most cases, benchmarked.
  • The Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane website is a resource for the Spokane County community. It was formed by a group of local organizations in response to a need for data-drive decision-making. Founding members include the City of Spokane, The Lands Council, New Priorities Foundation, Spokane County United Way, Spokane Regional Health District, and the Institute at EWU.
  • The Chelan Douglas Trends website was created with the help of several community groups led by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington in partnership with the Institute. Its sponsors include local government, local port agencies, and several non-profits from the two-county region.
  • The Grant County Trends website was a collaboration between the Institute and community leaders in Grant County, including the Economic Development Council.  The development of the Grant County Trends website was funded by a federal appropriation from the US Congress overseen by the Small Business Administration.
  • The Kootenai County Indicators project seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data provided on this website is offered as neutral information.
  • The Northeast Washington Trends website was a collaboration between the Institute and leaders from Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties. It was developed with funding from a Federal appropriation in 2009 from the Small Business Administration.
  • The Skagit County Trends website represents a comprehensive at significant metrics of life in the County, covering 11 categories. The metrics on the site were chosen by community leaders through a series of focus group and by the Population Health Trust. The latter is broadly based community leadership group that has the goal of facilitating the development of a community health assessment and of implementing the plan. The Skagit County Trends website launched in November 2016.
  • The Walla Walla Trends website serves the communities within Walla Walla County, Washington. It was created by the Institute in collaboration with the Port of Walla Walla with funding from the WA State Department of Commerce.
  • The Yakima Valley Trends website serves the communities within Yakima County, Washington. It was created by the Institute in collaboration with Choose Yakima Valley, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, and the Yakima Valley Council of Government. Eleven categories contain approximately 135 indicators, all tracked over time and in most cases, benchmarked. the Yakima Valley Trends website launched in November 2017.
  • Community Indicators Initiative Report, July 2005

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