Publications Our Research on the Greater DC region. Signature IssuesAdvancing racial equityBuilding strong, inclusive neighborhoodsCreating healthy and safe communitiesMeeting basic needsStrengthening public education and the labor force TopicsAdolescents and YouthAffordable housingAgingChildrenCrime and JusticeEconomic Growth and ProductivityEducation and TrainingFamiliesGender and SexualityHealth and Health PolicyHousing and Housing FinanceImmigrants and ImmigrationIncome and WealthJob Market and Labor ForceNeighborhoods and community-buildingNeighborhoods, Cities, and MetrosNonprofits and PhilanthropyPay for SuccessPoverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety NetRace and EthnicityTaxes and Budget Fact Sheet Growing Youth Apprenticeship in Greater DC July 31, 2020 Youth apprenticeships offer a meaningful link between high school and the workforce, with benefits for students, employers, educators, and the economy as a whole. Research Report Nontraditional-Hour Child Care in the District of Columbia February 11, 2019 Finding high-quality child care that aligns with parents’ work schedules can be a significant barrier to successful employment and children’s healthy development. Fact Sheet Early Childhood Educator Compensation in the Washington Region: Highlights from a Research Report April 12, 2018 This fact sheet highlights findings from an Urban Institute study examining the compensation of early childhood educators in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Research Report Early Childhood Educator Compensation in the Washington Region April 12, 2018 This study examines the compensation of early childhood educators in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. It documents the low hourly wages of early childhood educators in center-based, family child care, and school settings. Research Report Voices of the Community: DC, Maryland, Virginia December 7, 2017 Voices of the Community: DC, Maryland, Virginia (VoicesDMV), is a community engagement initiative from the Greater Washington Community Foundation, in partnership with the Urban Institute, designed to lift up residents’ stories and perceptions of Research Report Criminal Background Checks and Access to Jobs June 27, 2017 Despite significant efforts by reform-minded government and nonprofits, roughly one in seven DC residents have criminal records that may preclude them from finding jobs. Research Report Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination February 21, 2017 Over 150 cities and counties and 34 states and Washington, DC, have adopted ban-the-box policies, which remove questions about criminal history from applications and delay background checks until later in the hiring process. Brief Promoting Social and Economic Mobility in Washington, DC April 13, 2015 As Mayor Bowser settles into her office, she leads a city that is growing more prosperous. Yet too many DC residents are not sharing in that prosperity. Research Report Preparing Youth for College and Career: A Process Evaluation of Urban Alliance September 16, 2014 This report presents baseline and process study findings of an evaluation of the Urban Alliance high school internship program, which provides training, mentoring, and work experience to high school seniors from distressed communities in Washingt Research Report Effects of a Higher Minimum Wage in the District of Columbia August 12, 2014 Over the next two years, the minimum wage in DC will increase in stages, ultimately reaching $11.50 in July 2016, and thereafter DCs minimum wage will increase with inflation. Research Report Understanding the Implications of Raising the Minimum Wage in the District of Columbia August 12, 2014 The minimum wage establishes a lower bound on what employers must pay their workers. Research Report State of Latinos in the District of Columbia August 2, 2010 The Latino population has been steadily increasing in the District of Columbia, and the city's Latino population has many unique and important qualities that distinguish it from other racial and ethnic groups.