Active Programs

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:

  1. Public and elected officials will assist with the development and implementation of all programs.
  2. All programs will be tailored to involve a policy impact or outcome.

The Institute is currently working on the following intiatives:

Criminal Justice

Building upon improvements achieved by criminal justice professionals in Allegheny County, the task force’s report advances recommendations to create a fairer and more equitable system that allocates taxpayer dollars efficiently, effectively, and humanely. Learn more about criminal justice.

Elsie Hillman Civic Forum

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum is designed to engage students in activities that prepare them to lead lives as engaged and contributing citizens. View more information on the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum.

Future of Policing

The Institute's Public Safety and Emergency Prepardness Policy Committee is developing a forum that will build consensus, collaboration, and mutual trust, between law enforcement officers, municipal leaders, and community leaders. Learn more about the future of policing.


The Institute's Health and Human Services Committee in partnership with Women for Healthy Environment the Institute hosted the Creating Healthy Communities. In summer 2018, the Institute will form a lead-safe demolition working group.

Opioid Overdose Epidemic

The Institute recognizes the opioid crisis as a public health and public safety crisis, identifying gaps in existing protocols and programs. To address these gaps, the Institute has continued this work through a special edition of Commonwealth. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic.

Small Business Development

The Institute's Economic Development Committee is exploring how best to strengthen connections and collaboration between small businesses, entrepreneurs, and anchor institutions to drive business development, especially in distressed communties. Learn more about the Institute's small business development work.

Strengthening Relationships in Education

The Institute's Education Committee is developing programs that would 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.

Tom Murphy Case Study

The case study will examine Mayor Tom Murphy’s character, leadership, and the transformative initiatives and challenges as Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, exploring the impact and application of the Murphy administration on the current political, social, and economic atmosphere. Learn more about the Tom Murphy case study.