Building the evidence on access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods

Living in low-poverty communities enables low-income people to improve their economic outlook.

What separates the most- and least-inclusive cities in the country?

A new report examines economic and racial inclusion in 274 of the most-populous US cities over the past 40 years.

Four practical insights on place-based impact investing collaboration

How can foundations and private investors align their investment decisions with locally focused missions and values?

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.