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Technical Memo for IPD 2.0

Product No.: TM19007
Date Published: 9/2020

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Geographic Area Covered: Greater Philadelphia, Delaware Valley

Abstract: The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)—the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Greater Philadelphia—evaluated and launched an update to the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD) analysis. DVRPC first created the analysis in 2001, and it was initially called “Degrees of Disadvantage.” The IPD analysis is used throughout the Commission to demonstrate compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and fair treatment of population groups identified through Environmental Justice (EJ). To update the IPD analysis, DVRPC conducted an internal review of how the analysis was applied to projects and plans; researched best practices; reviewed U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and U.S. Census Bureau USDOT guidance; and evaluated data sources and their reliability. This document details that internal process, summarizes research findings, and explains the change in population groups and scoring methodology.

Key Words: Civil Rights, Communities of Concern, Compliance, Degrees of Disadvantage, Environmental Justice, Indicators of Potential Disadvantage, Title VI

Staff Contact(s)

Project Team

  • Alison M. Hastings PP, AICP  Associate Director, Communications and Engagement
  • Benjamin T. Gruswitz AICP  Manager, Socioeconomic and Land Use Analytics
  • Kimberly L. Korejko   Manager, Data Coordination

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