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.

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.

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.

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.

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.