I am an advocate at heart and passionate about informing more responsible and effective public policy. We do that best when we have data that provide a clear understanding of the problem and proof of the kinds of programs and policies that have a real impact on people’s lives.
Elsa Falkenburger is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she is part of the Neighborhoods and Youth Development initiative. Her portfolio includes being project manager for the Housing Opportunity and Services Together demonstration and the Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and Safety project—follow-on research to the Moving to Opportunity demonstration. Falkenburger has also worked with the DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative since its launch in 2010, assisting with the needs assessment and process study. She has experience working on place-based initiatives, community based participatory research, performance measurement, formative evaluations, and other qualitative research methods.
Before joining Urban, Falkenburger advocated for best practices in youth gang prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation in the United States and Latin America. During graduate school, she worked at the KDK-Harman Foundation helping grantees develop logic models and performance indicators for evaluating and improving educational programs for low-income youth.
Falkenburger has an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.
Research AreasNeighborhoods, Cities, and Metros Adolescents and Youth Children Families Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety Net Housing and Housing Finance Race and Ethnicity Community Engaged Methods
Research Report Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety NetSeptember 14, 2020
Research Report Housing and Housing FinanceDecember 6, 2018
Research Report Adolescents and YouthApril 26, 2018
Research Report Community Engaged MethodsNovember 10, 2015
Brief Adolescents and YouthMay 28, 2013
Brief Crime and JusticeFebruary 28, 2012
Research Report Adolescents and YouthJanuary 24, 2012
Research Report Education and TrainingJanuary 20, 2012