Grantee Profile

Urban Institute

Grants to Urban Institute

  • $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 (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 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.

  • $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.

  • $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."

  • $80,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is a non-partisan research center with a mission to inform public policy and effective government. This grant will provide supplemental support for research that is examining the relationship between public housing residents' relocation and neighborhood crime patterns in Chicago. The Urban Institute has been conducting research on this topic under two prior Foundation grants and this final support for this effort will enable the completion of crime date analyses and a series of additional briefings and dissemination activities.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Foundation's efforts to address gang-related violence in Chicago, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is working with the Chicago Police Department and others to undertake the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, which aims to dramatically reduce gang and gun violence, especially homicides. The Urban Institute, an independent, non-partisan policy research center that conducts research and evaluation about problems faced by America's cities, will use this grant to undertake the first year of a three-year comprehensive evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Urban Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research organization that focuses on social and economic policy. This grant supports the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), an Urban Institute-managed network of local data management organizations, in an effort to engage, influence, and benefit from open data. Its goals are to create closer relationships between local data intermediaries and the public and private entities working to make data more accessible and useful; provide more and better local data to support community development initiatives; and develop a coordinated strategy to communicate the demand for and value of accessible, high-quality, local, public data.

  • $20,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — To prepare a white paper on local governments and state prison population policy decisions.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Urban Institute $3,940,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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