Delaware Public Policy Institute


The Delaware Public Policy Institute (DPPI) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established to conduct research and encourage study and discussions of policies, programs and issues affecting the State of Delaware and its citizens.

Rethinking Economic
Development in Delaware:
A Report from the
Economic Development
Working Group


Unequal Pay:
Comparing State & Private
Sector Employee
Compensation in Delaware

 by Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D.,
presented by DPPI


Demystifying Public Education Funding

by Bill Osborne and Ed Rateldge

Delaware Voice Op-Ed: Welcome the 149th General Assembly

by Bill Osborne and Ed Ratledge
(as featured in The News Journal, via Delaware Online)

DPPI Study: State Employee Compensation Exceeds Private Sector

(4/18/16 press release)

Related studies

Delaware Growth Agenda - prepared for Delaware Business Roundtable
Final Report of the Delaware Expenditure Review Committee - State of Delaware
Delaware's Structural Budget Problem - prepared for Delaware Business Roundtable


DPPI Initiatives and Partnerships

Vision Coalition of Delaware - DPPI has been intricately involved in Delaware’s ongoing, business-led public education reform movement.

Knowledge-Based Partnership Conference Series - DPPI has been a co-sponsor with the University of Delaware of the Knowledge-based Partnership Conference series. Topics have included: Creating Green Energy Economies for Delaware, the Region and the Nation, Creating Knowledge-based Partnerships, Creating a Livable Delaware, Delaware Education for a Global Economy, Stronger Health-Based Partnerships, Vision Coalition of Delaware, Creating New Economies for Delaware and The Future of the Nonprofit Sector.

Political Debates - DPPI has also been active in conducting topic-oriented political debates for statewide candidates.

How Delaware Compares - DPPI’s partnership with UD also led to How Delaware Compares, an inventory of the state’s standing on key quality-of-life and economic indicators. This project not only provides timely Delaware-focused data, but also explores the findings, by including analysis, insight, and context from faculty experts in their respective fields.

Studies - DPPI has conducted studies on school finance, water system infrastructure, health care and health insurance and the state’s permitting process. All have led to important changes in Delaware public policy.

Board of Trustees

Robert W. Perkins
Brandywine Public Strategies, LLC

O. Francis Biondi, Esq. *

A. Richard Heffron
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

Paul Herdman, Ed.D.
The Rodel Foundation of Delaware

Michael Houghton, Esq.
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP

Nicholas Lambrow
M&T Bank

Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH
Christiana Care Health System

Bill Osborne
Interim President
Delaware Public Policy Institute
               Rhett Ruggerio
Ruggerio Willson & Associates

Marvin N. Schoenhals *

Wayne Smith
Delaware Healthcare Association

Gary Stockbridge
Delmarva Power

Richelle Vible
Catholic Charities

Rodman Ward III
Corporation Service Company - CSC

* denotes emeritus status