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Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center

Transforming Performance Measurement for the 21st Century

How can big data and data visualization improve performance management? In a new report, one of the pioneers of performance measurement works to push the field into the digital age.

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Performance Management

The Metro Center's work concentrates on the communities—housing developments, neighborhoods, cities, and suburbs—that make up America's urban regions. Our research investigates factors that shape the quality of life in these communities, the opportunities they offer residents, and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local public policies that govern urban housing and neighborhoods.

Detroit, Toledo, and other drops in the ocean of America’s future water woes
Nearly 9 percent of US households report that their primary source of water is unsafe to drink. Read More

The other immigration crisis
Why LGBT refugees are largely overlooked. Read More

Collecting better data with the community’s help
We came. We researched. We listened. Read More


Main feature photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan