Projects

Bridging the Gap

This ongoing project examines the intersection of child care with workforce development and postsecondary education systems, policies, and practices, and the implications for low-income, low-skilled parents seeking education and training.

CCDF Policies Database

A comprehensive, up-to-date database of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidy policies for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories and outlying areas.

Cities of LRNG

Cities of LRNG aims to address the opportunity gap for low-income youth and youth of color in cities by supporting expanded access to out-of-school learning opportunities, using digital badges to recognize and connect the learning that occurs in and out of school, and building connections across local learning ecosystems to open up college and career pathways for disadvantaged young people.

Financing Long-Term Services and Supports

The costs of long-term care are one of the most significant financial risks confronting older Americans. This project evaluates policy options to help pay for home care, nursing home stays, assisted living, and other long-term services and supports.

From Safety Net to Solid Ground

From Safety Net to Solid Ground offers local, state, and federal policymakers, advocates, practitioners, and philanthropic leaders several resources, including timely, rigorous analyses of potential changes to federal safety net programs. The initiative provides insights into how states manage change and employ administrative flexibility, evidence on how policy changes are implemented in communities, and an assessment of Americans' health and wellbeing.

Net Income Change Calculator

The Net Income Change Calculator (NICC) calculates a family's net income at 5 different earnings levels. The user specifies the starting earnings level and how much the earnings should change. The user also specifies all other key characteristics of the family. NICC applies the tax and transfer rules used in each program and each state and displays the results in both tabular and graphical form.

New Skills at Work Assessment

New Skills at Work is a $250 million multiyear workforce development initiative that aims to expand and replicate effective approaches for linking education and training efforts with the skills and competencies employers need. 

Program on Retirement Policy 

A research initiative assessing how current retirement policies, demographic trends, and private-sector practices influence older Americans' security and decisionmaking.

Public Pension Project

This project examines the cost and financing of retirement plans provided to government employees, assesses their impact on retirement security and employee recruitment and retention, and evaluates reform options.

Safety Net Almanac

The Almanac summarizes eight major safety net programs and their legislative histories, alongside interactive graphics that illustrate who is receiving help and what the costs are for states and the federal government.

Social Genome Model

A life-cycle microsimulation model, developed in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and Child Trends, the Social Genome Model explores what determines success in each life stage to figure out how social programs can improve long-term outcomes.

Social Security for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Social Security’s challenges are widely acknowledged, and pressure for reform is growing. But critical gaps remain in the analysis of challenges and opportunities for policy options to achieve comprehensive reform. These gaps could stall reform efforts and result in missed opportunities to update program rules to reflect the latest trends in life expectancy, disability patterns, and income inequality.

Through Social Security for Today’s Workforce, the Urban Institute will build an evidence base to inform efforts to reform Social Security’s critical programs. Researchers will investigate Social Security’s current and future challenges to develop policy recommendations for decisionmakers.

Transfer Income Model

This microsimulation model estimates eligibility for and participation in government benefit programs. It can also be used to estimate the potential effects of alternative policies.

Understanding Trends in Manufacturing Employment

This research presents evidence on employment and productivity trends in the manufacturing sector, trade’s impact on manufacturing jobs, and the employment trajectories of men without a four-year degree.

Welfare Rules Database

A comprehensive, up-to-date resource on cash assistance program rules. The database allows researchers to compare programs between states and look up rule changes over time within a state. Annual Databooks summarize the findings.

WIC Analysis and Modeling Project

Under this multiyear project, IBP researchers develop annual estimates of eligibility and program take-up for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These estimates are used by both national and state program administrators.

Work Requirements in Safety Net Programs

In April 2018, the administration released an executive order calling for federal agencies to add or strengthen work requirements for federal aid programs such as Medicaid, cash assistance, and nutrition assistance. For Medicaid, work requirements are a major policy shift for the 50-year-old health insurance program. Many other programs, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, already mandate work. What we already know about existing work requirements can inform states and agencies as they respond to this policy change. We will be exploring lessons from research about work requirements, estimating who could be affected by these policy changes, and studying implementation and impacts.