What Works Collaborative

The What Works Collaborative is a foundation-supported partnership that conducts timely research and analysis to help inform the implementation of an evidence-based housing and urban policy agenda. 

Our goal is to build knowledge and share solutions with policymakers at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal agencies. The collaborative has undertaken more than two dozen independent research projects that focus on HUD's strategic goals.

Currently, the Collaborative is surfacing critical questions for policy research, engaging stakeholders in the field of housing policy, and working to help funders identify and conceptualize a research agenda that will help move policy and practice forward. This process has led to a series of field-building research agendas.

Field-building Research Agendas


Key Researchers

The Collaborative is made up of independent researchers from academia and policy think tanks. Key researchers include

Vicki Been, NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
Eric Belsky, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies
Alan Berube, Brookings Institution
Mary Cunningham, Urban Institute
Ingrid Gould Ellen, NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution
Margery Austin Turner, Urban Institute

Core Research Partners

The Collaborative is a unique partnership that brings together research organizations. The core research partners include

Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program
Harvard University, Joint Center for Housing Studies
New York University, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
Urban Institute, Center for Metropolitan Housing and Communities

In addition to the core research partners, the Collaborative draws on researchers from academia, policy, and practice.

Foundation Partners

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Ford Foundation
Kresge Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Open Society Institute
Rockefeller Foundation
Surdna Foundation