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Public Insight was founded in 2012 on the principle of transforming the islands of public data into actionable insights. We marry data curation with the powerful Microsoft® Power BI business intelligence platform to make any executive analysis possible in seconds and minutes instead of hours and days. Today, Public Insight is a leader in the emerging area of self-service business intelligence.

We’re passionate about turning public data into actionable insights.

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Public Insight adds latest IPEDS and Financial Aid Data in App for Higher Ed


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) recently released a second tranche of 2019 data. In addition, Federal Student Aid released data for the quarter ending September 30, 2020 as well as new campus aid program data for 2019.

Public Insight has incorporated these data updates into the November release of Insight for Higher Education, which is immediately available to subscribers.






IPEDS Data in Insight For Higher Ed:

  • Graduation rates (150%, 100%, and 200%)
  • Graduation rates for Pell and Stafford Loan recipients
  • Outcome Measures
  • Financial Aid measures
  • Average Net Price
  • Admissions data

Federal Student Aid Data in Insight for Higher Ed:

  • Campus programs
  • Direct Loan programs
  • Grant programs
  • FAFSA volume

Free Interactive Analysis

We have also updated this data in our free Factbook Interactive which analyzes twenty of the most common higher education benchmarking metrics.

The Factbook Interactive provides a summary snapshot of key indicators including program analysis at the 2-digit and 6-digit CIP code levels for any combination of higher education institutions.

The Factbook interactive provides a glimpse into the tremendous power available within the Insight for Higher Education Interactive.

Watch Factbook Demo

November 29th, 2020|

Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns

Today, The Center for Community Solutions released a report entitled “Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns” written by former Community Solutions Executive Director John Begala. John took a comprehensive look at the economic, health, educational, and social well-being of 47 small Ohio cities. John leveraged the power of the Public Insight platform “whose incomparable online data service makes available multiple national, state, and local databases” in compiling his analysis.

November 13th, 2017|

Public Insight Launches Self-Service Health Data Analytics

Public Insight, an analytics platform that transforms public and licensed data into actionable insights, announces the launch of Hospital Interactives, the first self-service data analytics offering for the healthcare market.

Hospital Interactives are a unique combination of blended, disparate health data and Microsoft® Power BI software to analyze vast quantities of data effortlessly. Interactives enable rapid decision-making insights for benchmarking, market analysis, business planning, and forecasting eliminating the cost, time, and complexity associated with acquiring, integrating, and analyzing individual databases. Health data sources include: AHA Annual Survey Database™, Hospital Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) and Medicare Provider and Analysis Review (MedPAR) file as provided by OptumInsight®, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Hospital Interactive library of analyses provides key information about the entire landscape of the nation’s hospitals including financials, staffing, utilization, operations, and quality.

Within seconds hospital decision makers and analysts can view comparisons of data, benchmark against peer institutions, and understand growth trends and other key insights to help drive strategic planning and assessment. Hospital Interactives also enable medical device manufacturers with valuable information on procedure volumes, trends and hospital targeting for sales strategy efforts.

The Hospital Interactives Library is purchased as an annual subscription and includes the following hospital analyses as well as data updates and future releases.

August 9th, 2017|

Public Insight Launches First Self-Service Data Analysis Platform for Higher Education

Public Insight, an analytics platform that syndicates public and licensed private data and transforms it into actionable insights, announces the launch of the first self-service data analysis offering, called Interactives, for the Higher Education market.

Interactives include blended, disparate data from leading education and economic data sources, such as: IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Microsoft® Power BI software is utilized to create easy-to-use, manipulate, understand and share graphic visualizations of data analysis hosted in the cloud and accessible at any time.

Within seconds users can see comparisons of data and benchmark against peer institutions, and understand growth trends and other key insights to help drive strategic planning and assessment. The higher education analysis includes data from more than 8,000 postsecondary institutions and 6 billion data points.

May 24th, 2017|

Public Insight Releases August 2016 Update

The August 2016 Public Insight release provides extensive improvements in search capabilities, data source audit trails, and multi-level database extracts. The text searching capability allows you to type any search term and Public Insight will return a list of data sources and path to the metrics containing the search term. For example, the words “health insurance” could retrieve any topic or metric containing those combinations of word such as demographic or health data. Search terms can be very granular such as typing “eye” to get any medical procedure based on the eye.

The update also provides a multi-level hierarchy export option that can seamlessly integrate with visualization tools like Tableau. This exporting is made even more powerful through the new data source audit trails that can accompany any data extract. For example, a data analyst could construct a view of awards and tuition and provide users a navigation path down categories of awards based on ranges of tuition.

August 18th, 2016|

Impact and Efficiency of Higher Education in Northeast Ohio – New report shows who benefits most from access to college experience

CLEVELAND:  At a time when many American families are struggling with the cost of higher education—and questioning its value—a new report provides valuable insight into the Northeast Ohio higher education scene.  The first-ever study of the region’s higher education institutions (IHE’s) measures the collective impact of the 62 public and private colleges and universities that serve one-quarter of a million students in the region, concluding that collective costs are low, while collective value is high.

August 1st, 2016|