Evidence and Ideas for Change

President Sarah Rosen Wartell’s reflections on pressing issues of the day and the latest research insights that can help changemakers advance equity, opportunity, and upward mobility. 

Introducing the Urban Institute’s Equity Scholars
September 21, 2021

The postpandemic future of work is about job quality
September 16, 2021

What it will take to advance equity for AAPI communities?
August 10, 2021

Reducing the number of kids experiencing poverty
August 5, 2021

The return-to-the-workplace experiment
July 9, 2021

Ideas to reform the rental housing market
June 9, 2021

Remembering George Floyd
May 21, 2021

Meeting the moment
May 11, 2021

The rise of violence against Asian Americans
March 17, 2021

“Something happening here”
March 2, 2021

The consequences of “alternative” facts
January 7, 2021

2020: A year like no other
December 18, 2020

Hope for a return to truth and facts
November 8, 2020

Here’s how we can build more inclusive neighborhoods
October 30, 2020

Introducing WorkRise: Rebuilding our labor market for the better
October 5, 2020

Choosing equity
August 28, 2020

Making necessary trouble to drive change
July 20, 2020

Celebrating the leader I want to emulate
July 1, 2020

Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community
June 29, 2020

Honoring Juneteenth
June 19, 2020

The role of research in dismantling racism
June 16, 2020

Finding solutions for renters and landlords during a pandemic
May 1, 2020

The coronavirus reveals discrimination’s lasting legacy
April 13, 2020

Supporting small businesses and their workers
April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Taking care and looking ahead
March 25, 2020

Supporting vulnerable families and communities in the coronavirus crisis
March 16, 2020

There’s never a bad time for self-reflection
February 13, 2020

A remarkable 2019
December 17, 2019

Meet the person who challenges and inspires me
December 3, 2019

Introducing Housing Matters, a new Urban Institute initiative
November 13, 2019

The power of apprenticeships
October 24, 2019

Considering the trade-offs of health care reform approaches
October 21, 2019

Tackling DC-area housing challenges through regional collaboration
October 1, 2019

Join us to hear about philanthropy’s new playbook
September 27, 2019

Why we need more empowered institutions
September 18, 2019

Promising solutions for narrowing health inequities
September 4, 2019

Summer reading (and listening)
August 22, 2019

Leadership on economic inclusion is coming from the local level
August 1, 2019

Assessing threats to the 2020 Census’s accuracy
July 5, 2019

Introducing the Center on Education Data and Policy
June 27, 2019

Reflections on Urban’s Changemaker Forum
June 4, 2019

Strategies for overcoming the effects of structural racism
May 21, 2019

What it will take to ensure quality jobs for all workers?
May 9, 2019

Here’s how we achieve financial security for all
May 2, 2019

Holding multiple truths in our minds at once
April 25, 2019

How to equip people with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the future
April 11, 2019

How to adapt to climate change without worsening inequalities
April 2, 2019

Using Cloud Computing to Make Better Policy Choices
March 29, 2019

The Urban Institute has a new home
March 18, 2019

What affordable housing changemakers want to know
February 21, 2019

Reducing mass incarceration is not enough to end racial disparities
February 8, 2019

A look back: Urban’s collaborations with changemakers in 2018
December 14, 2018

A look back: Pressing issues Urban tackled in 2018
December 13, 2018

Keeping inequalities in mind as we adapt to a changing climate
November 16, 2018

Amazon HQ2 can inspire action on the DC region’s housing challenges
November 12, 2018

Building a stronger DC-area housing market
October 25, 2018

Celebrating 50 years of Urban—and looking ahead
September 26, 2018

Harnessing technology to expand opportunity
July 2, 2018

Addressing the decline in black homeownership
June 18, 2018

What’s the role of infrastructure in expanding opportunity?
April 20, 2018

Introducing the Urban–Greater DC initiative
April 11, 2018

Now is the time for the private sector to offer solutions
March 28, 2018

Urban’s Next 50: What are your ideas for harnessing the forces of change?
March 14, 2018

Introducing From Safety Net to Solid Ground
March 1, 2018

The role of work in providing dignity and upward mobility
February 7, 2018