Projects

 

Current Projects

Are Higher Subsidy Payment Rates and Provider-Friendly Policies Associated with Child Care Quality?

This project examines whether there is an association between subsidy payment rates and payment practices (which vary across states) and the quality of child care attended by subsidized children. It draws upon data from the Child Care and Development Fund Policies Database and the National Survey of Early Care and Education.

Assets for Independence Follow-Up Evaluation

The Assets for Independence Follow-Up Evaluation continues the work begun under the Assets for Independence Evaluation, which determined short-term impacts of individual development account programs on individuals randomly assigned to participate. This evaluation will measure impacts at three and five years post-random assignment.

Barriers to Racial Equity

The Urban Institute seeks to establish indicators in the area of access to economic opportunity that provide a baseline understanding of the degree of racial inequality in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

Boys and Young Men of Color

The Urban Institute is working to identify high-leverage policy and program interventions to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color to inform the My Brothers’ Keeper initiative at the White House.

City University of New York (CUNY) Fatherhood Evaluation

This evaluation will describe the CUNY Fatherhood Academy and identify program features and practices associated with positive outcomes for participants.

Determinants of Subsidy Stability and Continuity of Child Care in Illinois and New York

This project will develop an empirically informed and practically relevant knowledgebase regarding important determinants of subsidy stability and child care continuity and the links between the two.

Effects of Immigration Policy on Inequality Among Children in the United States

In this project, we are creating a year-by-year database of state policies toward immigrants and using that database to test how state policies affect immigrant families’ economic well-being.

Evaluation of Adult Basic Education (ABE) to Credentials

This evaluation will generate rigorous evidence for state and federal policymakers, college administrators, funders, and other stakeholders on the effectiveness of Accelerating Opportunity, an initiative to implement integrated college and career pathway designs to improve the educational and employment outcomes of ABE and English as a second language students and develop more cost-effective service models.

Evaluation of Head Start Designation Renewal System

The project evaluates the Designation Renewal System and examines its role in improving quality in Head Start and Early Head Start.

First Marriage Rates and Nonmarital First Births among US Women

This project assesses how declining rates of first marriage contribute to rising proportions of nonmarital first births, with a special focus on whether cohabiting might be replacing marriage as a context for entry into parenthood.

Health of the States

The Urban Institute is raising awareness about factors accounting for a cross-state variability in health status and in the contributory role of determinants of health.

How Parental Preferences and Subsidy Receipt Shape Immigrant Families

This project uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education to document immigrant parents’ child care preferences and choices and how having a child care subsidy facilitates immigrant families’ access to regulated care settings.

Implications of Immigration Enforcement for the Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families

This project explores how immigration enforcement activities, particularly detention and deportation policies, may be affecting the well-being of children in immigrant families, most of whom are US-citizen children.

Kids in Context

We are cutting across disciplines to understand families, communities, and the public systems that influence kids’ well-being and success.

Low-Income Working Families

The Urban Institute is studying the economic security and well-being of low-income working families.

Opportunities for Youth: Demonstration and Evaluation, Disconnected Youth

This random assignment evaluation is identifying and assessing promising service delivery strategies for youth who are disconnected from work, school, and sometimes family.

Opportunity and Ownership

Our experts inform, analyze, and evaluate wealth-building programs and policies, and recommend ways to improve low- and moderate-income families’ access to safe, affordable credit and financial products. We examine how existing polices can be more inclusive and how new policies can remove barriers to building wealth.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Human Services

With funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Urban Institute is working to  better understand racial and ethnic disparities in human services. In the second phase of this project, we will design a plan for future in-depth analysis of racial and ethnic disparities in access to and take-up of services, the nature and quality of services, and outcomes.

Same-Sex Relationships: Updates to Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programming (SUHMRE)

In this project, we will collect data from key stakeholders to recommend adaptations in program structure and curricular content in Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programming to make such programming and curricula inclusive of same-sex couples and lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

School-Readiness Goals and Head Start Program Functioning

This project explores how Head Start grantees develop and use school-readiness goals.

Social Determinants of Health

Urban Institute researchers are investigating how social, behavioral, and economic factors affect health and health disparities.

System and Outcomes Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals

The Urban Institute and Abt Associates are conducting a national evaluation of HPOG, a program to provide low-income individuals with training and support needed to find and keep employment in health care occupations and fill the growing demand for skilled health care workers. 

Understanding the Rates, Causes, and Costs of Churning in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Urban Institute is conducting quantitative and qualitative research to advance understanding of the patterns, causes, and costs of participant “churn” in SNAP.

 

Past Projects

Linking Depressed Mothers to Effective Services

If left untreated, maternal depression poses damage to young children's development. This project aimed to help policymakers improve systems and policies that affect mothers' receipt of effective treatment. Researchers examined state policy choices in Medicaid and CHIP, links between maternal depression and children's nutrition, and innovative approaches in WIC to support depressed mothers.

The Role of Stability in Children's Success

The Urban Institute held an exploratory convening bringing together experts and thought leaders across research, policy, and practice to explore what we know and need to learn to better support stability for children and families.

Teen Action Evaluation

The goal of the evaluation was to identify participant experiences of the program, as well as any outcomes with regard to risky behavior, sexual health, and academic achievements.