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Our History

The Northwest Institute of Research (NWIR) was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) organization in 1975. Its mission and function during the past four decades has evolved, in keeping with the changing funding streams and employee skill set.

When initially established, NWIR conducted applied social science research for a number of agencies, primarily in the evaluation and organizational development area. During the mid-80s through the late 90s, NWIR also maintained a training program for displaced workers, working under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

For several years, from 1999 through 2005, NWIR was not active, but in 2005, with a new grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare, we had a renewed purpose and direction with respect to the design and operation of a program related to workforce development.

Information on NWIR current projects may be found on the projects tab.

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