Supporting Working Families with Policy, Evidence, and Data

An Urban Institute Briefing Book for State Leaders

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Governors and state legislatures have a tremendous impact on the well-being of families and communities in their states.

Drawing on the best available evidence, data, and research, Urban Institute researchers connect with state leaders to assess the challenges residents face and develop innovative, tailored solutions.

We believe that decisions shaped by fact have the power to improve public policy and practice, strengthen communities, and transform people’s lives for the better.

In this briefing book, Urban experts offer state leaders and decisionmakers evidence-backed solutions and data tools that address some of today’s most urgent policy issues:  

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The Urban Institute is the trusted source for unbiased, authoritative insights that inform consequential choices about the well-being of people and places in the United States. Our scholars conduct research and offer evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities.

Urban experts talk directly with policymakers and practitioners to ensure that our efforts inform the most pressing challenges and generate tailored solutions.

State leaders and their staff can request briefings, guidance, or additional data analysis from Urban’s policy experts by emailing Amy Elsbree at  

Urban Institute, as an organization, does not take positions on legislation or policy issues. Urban’s experts are empowered to follow the evidence to provide policy recommendations based on their research and expertise. The recommendations expressed here should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.
This resource was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation through the Urban Institute’s Low-Income Working Families initiative.