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 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 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. Brief Kindred Pilot Study: Summary of Findings from Parent Surveys and Focus Groups January 31, 2019 Kindred aims to tackle issues of racial and economic segregation in DC schools and communities by supporting dialogue groups for parents. 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. Brief Helping Children Succeed: Data and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative December 7, 2015 Since 2008, NeighborhoodInfo DC, a program at the Urban Institute and a partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), has helped the District of Columbia Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) use data to support its cradle Brief Supporting Place-Based Initiatives: Data-Driven Promise in the District of Columbia December 7, 2015 NeighborhoodInfo DC supports the District of Columbia Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) and is a partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a peer-learning network operated by the Urban Institute. Brief Variation in 2010-11 Truancy Rates Among District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) High Schools and Middle Schools December 2, 2012 In the 2010-2011 school year, 2,500 high school students were chronically truant in District of Columbia Public Schools; at four schools over half of the students were chronically truant. Testimony Truancy Rates and Truancy Reduction in the District of Columbia November 7, 2012 High rates of truancy at some DC schools are receiving considerable attention. Brief Evaluation of the Truancy Court Diversion Program in the District of Columbia, 2011-12 October 25, 2012 An evaluation of the Truancy Court Diversion Program (TCDP) found that despite significant implementation challenges, parent-child communication and youths' attitudes towards school both improved. Brief Evaluation of the Pilot Program of the Truancy Case Management Partnership Initiative in the District of Columbia, 2011-12 October 25, 2012 This evaluation of the Case Management Partnership Initiative (CPMI) found that the program successfully linked high-need families with services designed to prevent truancy. Research Report Implementation Evaluation of the District of Columbia Put Families First Program: Final Report December 11, 2011 The goal of this evaluation was to understand the planning, implementation, and execution of the Put Families First program as it is administered by Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in the District of Columbia (D.C.). 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. Research Report Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved January 13, 2009 This comparative case study describes the organization, delivery, and content of care of three maternity care models serving low-income women at risk of poor birth outcomes in Wards 5, 6, and 7 in Washington D.C.