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 housingAgingChildrenCommunity Engaged MethodsCrime 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 Brief Direct Cash Transfer as a Vehicle for Speed, Inclusivity, and Equity August 24, 2021 During the COVID-19 pandemic, philanthropic entities across the US embraced giving directly—transferring cash to people—as an effective and efficient means of providing relief to those hit hard by the sudden economic and health emergency. Research Report DC Flexible Rent Subsidy Program: Findings from the Program's First Year August 10, 2021 This report summarizes the first-year results of the District of Columbia’s Flexible Rent Subsidy Program (DC Flex), which gave families an annual subsidy of $7,200 in an escrow account and allowed them to decide how much rental assistance to with Brief Advancing Cultural Equity through Equitable Development June 21, 2021 The Equitable Development Plan for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park project includes four strategies aimed at securing job, small business, housing, and arts and culture opportunities for current residents of the neighborhoods east of the park’s prosp Brief Building Community Power for Equity June 21, 2021 This brief is part of a series evaluating Bridge Park’s current work to create equity. A companion report provides an overview of the EDP efforts and Bridge Park’s partnerships. Research Report Equitable Development and Urban Park Space: Year 4 Progress Report on Implementation of the Equitable Development Plan of the 11th Street Bridge Park June 21, 2021 Washington, DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park is an idea to develop an out-of-use commuter bridge into a public park that would serve as a venue for recreation, arts, and culture. Research Report A Preliminary Study of Service Use across Colocated Providers October 29, 2019 Human services organizations that share space or “colocate” often reap benefits in property management, administrative services, and opportunities for collaboration. Brief What Would Help DC Residents Have Greater Financial Security? June 13, 2019 Washington, DC, is a city of contrasts with respect to residents’ financial security. While some residents are among the country’s most financially secure, others find it hard to make ends meet. Research Report TANF on the Brink of Change May 29, 2018 The District of Columbia is changing its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program to promote better long-term outcomes for families and children. 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 Testimony Washington, DC's Produce Plus Program February 18, 2016 In this testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Health and Human Services, Megan Thompson discusses how DC’s Produce Plus Program benefits recipients, the community, and the local food system by cultivating diverse c 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 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 From Cradle to Career: The Multiple Challenges Facing Immigrant Families in Langley Park Promise Neighborhood June 23, 2014 With estimates predicting that immigrants and their children will account for most of U.S. population growth over the next 4 decades, it is critical to understand how to build ladders of opportunity for these families. Fact Sheet Characteristics of Low-Income Single Mothers Disconnected from Work and Public Assistance August 17, 2011 Families headed by low-income single mothers who are not working or receiving public cash benefits ("disconnected families") are among the most vulnerable in our society. Brief Nonprofit-Government Contracting in the Nation's Capital: Challenges and Opportunities March 15, 2011 Findings from the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropys National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracting and Grants show that a majority of human service organizations in Washington, D.C.