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Policy Centers

Much of the Institute's research is conducted in ten policy centers/projects.

students writing Education Policy Cluster
Evaluating schools and students in the accountability era

Houses Housing Finance Policy Center
Providing data driven analysis of housing finance policy issues
Director: Laurie Goodman

doctor discussing chart with patient Health Policy Center
Exploring health care costs, access, and reform
Co-Directors: Genevieve Kenney and Stephen Zuckerman

retirees Income & Benefits Policy Center
Analyzing American families' economic security from cradle to grave
Director: Gregory Acs
woman speaker Center on International Development and Governance
Supporting growth and democratization in developing countries
Director: Charles Cadwell

pillar Justice Policy Center
Working with communities to stem violence and crime
Director: Nancy LaVigne
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Center on Labor, Human Services, & Population
Examining policies affecting workers, children, and immigrants
Director: Elizabeth Peters

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Low-Income Working Families Project
Understanding the risks and supports for low-income working families
Director: Margaret Simms

mural on U Street, Washington DC Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center
Studying the vitality of urban neighborhoods and the role of place in public policy
Director: Rolf Pendall

volunteers building a house Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy
Charting the size, finances, and diversity of the nonprofit sector
Director: Elizabeth Boris

treasury check Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Informing tax policy debates with clear analyses, explanations, and facts
Director: Leonard Burman