Welcome to UCSUR

The mission of UCSUR is to work collaboratively to conduct interdisciplinary research that improves communities and addresses social, economic, health, and policy issues most relevant to society.  UCSUR carries out this mission by (1) providing research support infrastructure and training; (2) conducting original research in a few focused areas, including urban impact analysis; survey methodology; and psychosocial aspects of aging; and (3) enhancing access to local and national policy-relevant data. More

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UCSUR Highlights

Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

wprdcThe Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center provides a shared technological and legal infrastructure to support research, analysis, decision making, and community engagement. It was created in 2015 and is managed by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban and Social Research, in partnership with Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. The Data Center would not be possible without the trust of our partners and support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh.

Our work is inspired and informed by colleagues in national and international communities of practice. We are deeply annipppreciative of our partners in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a collaboration of the Urban Institute and local partners in over 30 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision-making.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles

ISWPA logon June of 2015, The Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles was launched. This site (along with the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center) will take the place of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Community Information System (PNCIS). SWPA Profiles was created by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. This tool was developed for residents, community organizations, elected officials, charitable foundations, students, academic researchers, and journalists as a resource to identify local needs, promote neighborhood investment and ultimately revitalize communities in the area. More

Multi-user Health Kiosk Project


This project is for community-residing older adults who have limited access to personal computers.  Health monitoring and computer vision technology enables in-home assessment of functional capabilities and caregiving quality.  An integrated virtual coaching system is used to promote adherence to recommended health behaviors.

Pittsburgh TODAY

pittsburgh_today2As Western Pennsylania’s regional indicators project, Pittsburgh Today measures Greater Pittsburgh’s progress compared with 14 other regions through a series of 430 statistical indicators in: arts, demographics, economy, education, environment, government, health, housing, public safety, sustainability, and transportation.  Additionally, Pittsburgh Today produces award-winning journalism based on the indicators and on surveys produced in conjunction with UCSUR researchers.   The project’s work is grounded in the fundamental premiss that the best possible understanding of the facts leads to the best possible decisions about the region’s future.   More

UCSUR Research Registry

Abstract Colorful Group Of People Or Workers Or Employees - ConcUCSUR’s Survey Research Program (SRP) has developed and actively maintains a local IRB-approved research registry currently containing approximately 4,000 regional residents with detailed socio-demographic and contact information who are willing to take part in research studies.  Participants are continually recruited from local population-based telephone surveys conducted by UCSUR.  This demographically diverse registry can be used in collaboration with SRP to cost-effectively recruit local participants for externally funded research projects, including repeated panel surveys. More

Brown Bag Seminars

brown_bagBring your lunch and join us for presentations and lectures that highlight neighborhood, community, economic, and other social research by our esteemed colleages.  Presenters include local, national, and international social research experts.  Lectures are from Noon to 1:30pm, unless otherwise noted.  We are located at 3343 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, across from Magee-Womens Hospital.  (Note:  bring your own brown bag)  More

Gerontology Certificate Program

gerocertThe University of Pittsburgh Council on Aging has collaborated with UCSUR to create a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.  The program is designed to serve professionals in diverse disciplines, in a variety of industries, who are interested in acquiring basic knowledge about gerontology and geriatrics, and specialized knowledge of aging and aging processes in their particular disciplines or occupations.  More