Evidence to Action Series

The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in the Shadow of the Pandemic
August 12, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will discuss his efforts to close the racial wealth gap through federal legislation. Following that, Kilolo Kijakazi, Institute fellow at the Urban Institute, and Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, will join Wartell to address how the racial wealth gap has exacerbated the harms of the pandemic, how the pandemic may be exacerbating the wealth gap, and how tools like baby bonds can help reduce racial inequities.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Protecting Student Borrowers amid the Pandemic
August 5, 2020
Join Kimberlyn Leary, senior vice president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Fenaba R. Addo, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, James Kvaal, president of The Institute for College Access and Success, and Sandy Baum, nonresident senior fellow at the Urban Institute, will join Leary to discuss how pandemic relief efforts should support vulnerable student borrowers.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Providing Direct Cash Assistance to DC Residents
July 23, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, George A. Jones, CEO of Bread for the City, Tonia Wellons, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Mary Bogle, principal research associate at the Urban Institute, will join Wartell to discuss how the THRIVE East of the River program’s direct cash and food assistance are helping DC residents weather the pandemic.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Treating Essential Workers As Truly Essential
June 26, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Ai-jen Poo, cofounder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Elisabeth Jacobs, interim executive director of WorkRise, a new research-to-action network for jobs, workers, and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute, will join Wartell to discuss how to translate “essential” work in policy and practice to ensure all workers are treated with dignity and respect.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Policies to Build Food Security
May 29, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Elaine Waxman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, chief executive officer of Feeding America, will join Wartell to discuss food insecurity during the pandemic and what policymakers and practitioners can do to ensure everyone has access to sufficient food—both now and as we begin recovering from the crisis.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: The Role of Health Philanthropy
May 15, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the fifth installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Faith Mitchell, Institute fellow at the Urban Institute, and Julie Morita, executive vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will join Wartell to discuss how health philanthropy can help communities recover from the pandemic.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Subsidizing Jobs for Economic Recovery
May 7, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the fourth installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D- WI) will discuss her efforts to create a subsidized employment program. Following that, Demetra Nightingale, Institute fellow at the Urban Institute, and Indivar Dutta-Gupta, co–executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, will join Wartell to explore why subsidized jobs could be integral to our economic recovery.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Equitable Lending to Boost Small Business Recovery
April 28, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the third installment in Urban’s new conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Brett Theodos, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, Noel Poyo, executive director at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, and Jason Tepperman, managing director at Promontory Local Credit, will join Wartell to discuss how robust and equitable small business lending can help us recover from the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Automatically Tying Federal Relief to Economic Conditions
April 22, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the second installment in Urban’s new conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Tracy Gordon, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Sharon Parrott, senior vice president for federal policy and program development at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will join Wartell to discuss why key components of federal relief should be tied to labor market conditions and how to ensure future aid neither ends prematurely nor lasts too long.

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Making Direct Cash Payments Work
April 14, 2020
Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the first installment in Urban’s new conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Jack Smalligan, senior policy fellow at the Urban Institute, and David Kamin, professor of law at New York University School of Law, will join Wartell to discuss a key question facing federal policymakers: How can we get economic resources to those who need them most in time to respond to their urgent needs?