Corianne Payton Scally is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she explores the design, implementation, and outcomes of affordable housing and community development policy and programs for vulnerable populations across US communities. From evaluating federal programs to assessing philanthropic investments, Scally’s research focuses on affordable rental housing—finance, construction, preservation, and community capacity and opposition—and the hardships and needs of vulnerable renters and the communities they live in. Seeing housing as a platform for health, Scally’s work specifically explores health and housing sector partnerships and models including service-enriched housing. Her research on rural communities ranges from measuring assets and capacity to guiding investments in equitable solutions that boost services and infrastructure, and improve health and economic mobility. To explore these issues, Scally leads mixed-method research projects, directing extensive primary data collection via site visits, interviews, focus groups, and surveys, and analysis of administrative data to evaluate program processes and outcomes.
Scally is a former associate professor in urban planning and former affordable housing developer. From 2015 to 2016, she led data and research initiatives at the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service for the Urban Institute. She received her PhD in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers University.