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Policy Centers

Much of the Institute's research is conducted in 11 policy centers and 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
Codirectors: 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