About NWIR

About Us

The Northwest Institute of Research (NWIR) has a rich history dating back to its incorporation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1975. Initially established with a primary focus on conducting social science research, NWIR played a crucial role in contributing to the field, particularly in the realms of organizational development and evaluation. This early phase of the institute's activities involved collaborating with various agencies to study and enhance organizational structures and processes.


NWIR has evolved its mission to better serve the community, shifting its focus from exclusively research-oriented endeavors to a more comprehensive approach aimed at directly impacting the lives of children and families. Presently, NWIR is dedicated to this cause through a diverse range of programs and services designed to address the multifaceted needs of individuals within these demographic groups.

The transition from a research-centric approach to a more hands-on, service-oriented model reflects NWIR's commitment to making a tangible and positive difference in the lives of those it serves. By leveraging its expertise in social science research, organizational development, and evaluation, NWIR has positioned itself as a valuable resource for the community, providing targeted and effective programs that aim to improve the well-being of children and families.

This transformation underscores NWIR's adaptability and responsiveness to the evolving needs of society, showcasing how an organization can leverage its foundational strengths to address emerging challenges and contribute meaningfully to the betterment of the community it serves.

In addition, from the mid-1980’s through the late-1990’s, NWIR maintained a training program for displaced workers through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. NWIR is proud of our ability to shift to changing community needs and values helping all children, families and communities THRIVE in our service area.