How do this year’s Super Bowl cities compare in opportunity and inclusivity?

How well do Boston and Philadelphia perform on a playing field that includes financial health and segregation?

Three lessons that can help improve disaster relief efforts

The second episode of Urban’s new podcast discusses needed updates to disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Congress is taking another big step to strengthen federal evidence-based policymaking

Recently introduced legislation makes important steps to improve the use of evidence and data in federal agencies.

The essential features of a strong federal evaluation office

Legislation introduced yesterday seeks to expand evidence capacity building in federal agencies.

What is the real “damaging status quo” for housing?

HUD Secretary Ben Carson views federal rental assistance as part of a “damaging status quo” that creates dependency in low-income Americans.

When does a social program need an impact evaluation?

Many social policies and programs were assumed to be effective, but were eventually proven not to be.

Five take-aways from the evidence-based policymaking report to Congress

Last week marked an important milestone in how the federal government might use and build evidence in the future.

How Houston applied lessons from previous storms, and can continue long term

Houston has already applied important lessons from previous disasters, but recovery will require long-term solutions.

Breaking down educational barriers on Chicago’s Northside

A majority-white school and a majority–African American school in Chicago, one of the most segregated cities in the country, are planning to merge.

LeBron James says “being black in America is tough.” He’s correct.

In response to an abhorrent act of vandalism, James offered a reflection on the intersection of race and class in America.