Institute for Regional Studies

The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is the research arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is housed within the organization. Research topics focus on economic and community health issues within Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, as well as on broader regional issues.

The Institute conducts research that supports Joint Venture’s programmatic areas relating to enhancing Silicon Valley’s economy and quality of life. It also manages a variety of regional resources for the public benefit, and is available for contract research opportunities.


The Silicon Valley Index is the annual publication of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is prepared by the Institute in partnership with dozens of regional leaders in the public and private sectors. The Silicon Valley Index is available in two formats: as a static (pdf) document, and as an interactive data dashboard on the Silicon Valley Indicators website.

The Institute also distributes new data via news releases on a regular basis, and publishes a steady stream of research briefs and reports ranging in topics from clean energy to workforce development. Institute publications are available for download on the Publications page of the Joint Venture website.

Community Insights

Joint Venture Silicon Valley President and CEO Russell Hancock regularly conducts in-depth one-on-one conversations with regional leaders about Silicon Valley issues, strengths and challenges. These interviews with prominent elected officials, CEOs, entrepreneurs, economists, scientists, educators, professors, community leaders and journalists are substantive discussions about current and future trends affecting our region. Read the transcripts here.


The Institute includes a family of researchers with a variety of backgrounds, including workforce, economic development, clean energy, natural resources, policy and local government dynamics. For more information on the Institute’s family of researchers, please visit Joint Venture’s Staff page.


The Institute manages a variety of datasets on Silicon Valley’s economy and community health, including all of those presented in the annual Silicon Valley Index and more. If a particular dataset or topic presented on is of interest and you would like to request additional analyses, please contact the Institute.

In addition to general data resources for the region, we also manage a highly-detailed report of Silicon Valley cities’ net asset, revenue and expenditure data. These data are available in a variety of formats based on requirements/need. To obtain Silicon Valley Local Government Financial Data, please contact the Institute directly.

For Hire

The Institute is available for hire to conduct research, including data acquisition, analysis, and reporting. We provide an un-biased, third-party examination through a rigorous, peer-reviewed process.

We are pleased to work on reports both large (6-12 month projects) and small. Studies/reports vary in cost depending on time and personnel requirements. If you would like more information, please contact us directly and we will be happy to discuss options and pricing.

Contact Us

You can contact the Institute at or by calling Joint Venture’s main line at (408) 298-9330.

Want more data?

indicators home page

Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.