In 2010, we went live with a new website to replace our previous static site for one which gave us the functionality of a modern communications platform. Now, we have the functionality to allow our research team and collaborators an interactive forum to discuss public events, post research, and respond to questions within the larger issue environment. Supportive communications and social media, including our @SCEPA_Economics Twitter feed and Facebook page, allow us to target our many interactive audiences and build a rapid response capability for both traditional and non‐traditional media. In the first year, SCEPA’s website climbed to second on Google for economic policy research, putting our site in the company of older, more resourced organizations. We also achieved a PageRank of 6 out of 10, a numeric value that represents a site’s ‘authority’ online.
We also focused our research into dedicated projects, enabling us to promote dialogue, education and collaboration around thematic research questions. These projects include, but are not limited to, the Retirement Income Security Project, Economics of Climate Change, and Deficit Commission Project. This structure is reflected in our website, where micro blogs listed on the homepage allow people to find our research by topic.
Increasing availability and access to our innovative research allows us to build a network of individuals interested in economic policy issues. Most importantly, long‐standing projects allow us to partner with organizations working on similar issues. This creates a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources that leverages our capacity and reach. For further details, please refer to the Research Projects section of this report.
We look forward to continuing this work in the next fiscal year and beyond.