Institute for Regional Studies

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

The Institute conducts research that supports Joint Venture’s programmatic areas, manages a variety of regional resources for the public benefit, and provides a stream of research products to the community on a regular basis. The Institute also conducts work on a contract basis, ranging from custom data requests to full research studies.


The Silicon Valley Index is the annual centerpiece publication of Joint Venture. It is prepared by the Institute with participation from additional organizations, leaders, and academic partners. 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 on a variety of topics. Institute publications are available on the Publications page of the Joint Venture website and the Special Reports section of the Indicators website.


Russell Hancock, PhD, serves as both the President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the President of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. He also serves on the faculty of the public policy program at Stanford University. Rachel Massaro is the Institute’s Director of Research, and is assisted by a network of affiliates with a broad array of expertise, including workforce, regional economics, transportation, public policy, clean energy, business dynamics, and more.

For more information on the Institute’s team of researchers, please visit Joint Venture’s Staff page.

Engage the Institute

The Institute is available for hire to work on projects large and small, including custom data acquisition, analysis, and reporting.

Research reports

Research reports are created through an un-biased, third-party examination including a rigorous, peer-review process.

The team offers insights across a variety of topics, including:

  • Demographics
  • Employment trends
  • Income, wealth & self-sufficiency
  • Venture capital, M&A activity, and IPOs
  • Cleantech adoption
  • Housing & non-residential development
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Public safety
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Land use
  • Local government finance (Silicon Valley cities, 2007-present)

Economic impact studies

The Institute also offers detailed economic impact studies for planned projects, policies, or existing business activities. Learn more about these studies.

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Contact the Institute

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

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Get comprehensive information and data about Silicon Valley’s economic and community health at

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are available on a dynamic and interactive website that allows users to further explore Silicon Valley trends.

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, as well as additional related online resources within the following categories: People, Economy, Society, Place, and Governance.