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How to change government thinking about performance

Pay for Success investors’ principal is returned with a profit only if rigorous evaluation finds that predetermined performance goals are met.

How food insecurity is adding to our health care costs

Health care expenses for households with uncertain or limited access to a nutritious diet were 49 percent higher than for those who were food secure.

In Yonkers (and everywhere), how we build housing matters: a recap of Show Me a Hero, week two

“People just want a home, right?” Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko asks in episode three. But housing is about a lot more than just a roof over your head.

Storm clouds on the horizon: Are we ready for the next Katrina?

The scientific evidence is unwavering on climate change. Warmer temperatures, higher sea levels, and more extreme precipitation events will affect everyone.

Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans nonprofits are still growing

The outpouring of support after Katrina paved the way for a surge of nonprofits in New Orleans. But was this growth a sign of real sustainable change?

Why earnings haven’t stagnated (despite what you may have heard)

A more meaningful measure of how economic growth has benefited America's workers shows that real median compensation actually increased quite a bit.

Visualizing housing policy’s impact on inequality

The US needs a housing policy that assists individuals at all rungs of the income ladder. Two key levers are federal rental assistance and tax policy.

If Congress won’t fund improvements in housing vouchers, maybe private investors will

If the program is successful, then the government pays the investors back, with interest. If the program fails, the government pays nothing.

Do body cameras create more problems than they solve?

Experts in our latest policy debate agree that the cameras could increase transparency and community trust, but the “silver bullet” is tarnishing.

How to "stop" the next Katrina

Katrina taught us that preparedness and mitigation are as important as response and recovery. But this acknowledgment brings up another set of needs.

From Protest to Policy


From Protest to Policy

Our researchers offer evidence-based solutions to some of the problems faced by poor, mostly minority communities in Baltimore and other US cities.


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