Grantee Profile

Urban Institute

Grants to Urban Institute

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to inform the development of sound public policies and more effective government. This grant supports its National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a 35-city network of data intermediaries who have developed neighborhood-level information systems used to support urban revitalization efforts. The goals of the work are increased capacity among NNIP partners to provide information services to their cities; greater and faster dissemination of information and spread of promising practices across the network; increased visibility of NNIP among new audiences and potential stakeholders, and expansion of NNIP activities to new cities and partners.

  • $175,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Foundation's anti-violence program, support is being provided to the Urban Institute to study the Foundation-sponsored Violence Reduction Strategy—a partnership with the Chicago Police Department and local criminal justice agencies to reduce violence. The comprehensive initiative aims to reduce gun violence dramatically by holding entire gangs responsible for individual members' crimes, especially homicides. This grant will enable researchers from the Urban Institute and Yale University to extend the period of the ongoing evaluation of the implementation and impact of the Violence Reduction Strategy.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research organization that works to build knowledge about social and economic issues and develop evidence-based solutions. This grant funds a two-year project to shape an urban Sustainable Development Goal within the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and explore the opportunities that this framework will create to help cities around the world improve their capacity to use information to address complex challenges. If successful, the project will contribute to the launch of an urban Sustainable Development Goal that will influence the urban planning and development pathways and priorities of countries worldwide.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is a non-partisan economic and social policy research organization with more than 40 years of experience examining a range of issues affecting cities and communities. The Institute will use this grant to develop an implementation framework for the Cities of Learning initiative - a prototype project that uses the entire city as a campus for learning; including an approach to documentation and evaluation and a plan for establishing a network of policymakers and practitioners among six cities currently implementing the Cities of Learning initiative (Chicago, Los Angeles, the District of Columbia, Columbus, Dallas and Pittsburgh).

  • $420,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 2 years)

    Housing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is an independent, non-partisan, policy research center that analyzes urban affairs and produces publications of broad relevance to policymakers, program administrators, business and academic communities. With this grant, the Institute will host a series of roundtables on research topics supported by the Foundation's How Housing Matters initiative, to promote connections between the research and relevant policy and practice, and to identify policy innovations and practical solutions that connect housing with other institutions and service delivery systems.

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 4 years)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, and evaluates programs, to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best--how, and for whom--to foster sound public policy and effective government. Urban conducts much of its work through its ten policy centers. This grant provides seed funding for a new Center for Housing Finance Research and Policy, whose goal is to make a major contribution to understanding housing finance and its relationship to housing markets, capital markets, and the broader economy, and to provide credible, accurate information to policymakers who must design, test, implement, and regulate a complex new system.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to inform the development of sound public policies and more effective government. This grant supports the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a 37-city network of data intermediaries that has developed neighborhood-level information systems that support urban revitalization efforts. Project goals include: increased capacity among NNIP partners to provide information services to their cities; greater (and faster) dissemination of information and promising practices across the network; increased NNIP visibility among new audiences and potential stakeholders; expansion of NNIP activities to new cities and partners; and an external assessment of NNIP's benefits to its partners and the field.

  • $1,150,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is an independent, non-partisan policy research center that provides research and evaluation across a range of policy and program areas. The Foundation's anti-violence program is supporting the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York to work with the Chicago Police Department and other state and local criminal justice agencies to undertake the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, which seeks to dramatically reduce gun violence. This grant funds an ongoing comprehensive evaluation of the implementation and impact of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy by the Urban Institute and researchers from Yale University.

  • $120,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, carries out non-partisan economic and social policy research, collects data, evaluates social programs, educates the public on key domestic issues, and provides advice and technical assistance to developing governments abroad. It has received 13 grants from the Foundation for research related to the implementation of Chicago's Plan for Transformation of public housing. Dr. Susan Popkin, director of Urban's Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development and co-authors will use this grant to complete a book, using decades of research in Chicago, to tell the story of "transformed housing and transformed lives."

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is an independent, nonpartisan policy research center that generates research and analyses on urban affairs. This grant supports two pilot research projects for the What Works Collaborative, a group of foundations and researchers from the Institute, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, and New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy that has become a locus for defining and pursing a long-term policy focused research agenda on housing and urban policy concerns. The research and resultant reports will address fundamental questions facing the urban development field.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Urban Institute $4,365,000 between 2002 and 2014.

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