Established in 1981 by Executive Order of the Governor, the Center is Pennsylvania's official source of population and economic statistics and services. In addition to serving as Pennsylvania's liaison to the Census Bureau, the PSDC also serves as the state's representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates and for Population Projections. Information, products and services include: consultation on data availability and use, printed reports, custom programming and report generation, machine readable computer files, statistical mapping, census reference maps, tri-annual newsletter, on-line information system, research reports, technical training, workshops and conferences.
The CSR was established to provide professional and technical assistance in survey research methodologies. The CSR serves as a primary resource for state and local government, business, non-profit organizations and public utilities as well as faculty and students who are undertaking opinion research. The Center regularly conducts research using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Services include design of projects, questionnaires and samples, computer-assisted telephone interviewing, data entry, statistical data analysis, qualitative research and an annual Citizens Survey.
The Center for Geospatial Information Services (CGIS) is an interdisciplinary research unit that provides support for spatial science research, analysis, visualization, and education. CGIS leads research and other activities with a spatial component. The Center provides PAMAP imagery and LiDAR data for Pennsylvania on a fee basis.
Since 1987, the Economic Development Research and Training Center (EDRTC) has made available a range of economic development training activities. The primary function of the Center is conducting the annual Economic Development Course in PA, accredited by the International Economic Development Council.
The ITC provides both internal and external support of the Institute's objectives via information technology. Combining technological knowledge with the expertise of the Institute's various centers, ITC provides invaluable services in the following areas: database integration and support, interactive web design and consultation, and computer networking and security.