Elevating the Debate

Since 1968, the Urban Institute has provided independent research and evidence-based solutions targeting some of the nation’s biggest social and economic policy challenges. Today, our work is more relevant and in demand than ever. But how can we ensure that our knowledge is reaching the right people and informing better decisions?

Urban's new website will help bridge the gap. It’s part of an effort to revamp our brand identity and communication tools to make our work more accessible, adaptable, and sharable. We’re seeking to elevate debate, wherever it takes place—from social media to classrooms to Capitol Hill.

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Inside the New Urban.org

What should you expect from the new urban.org? The site will still be home to the research products you know and trust, now with a more modern look that reflects Urban’s updated brand identity and best practices in web design. We’re also rolling out new features that will give you more opportunities to engage with the research.

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Power Search

Find exactly what you’re looking for with searches by keyword, research area, author, date range, and policy center.

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Data Viz

Get quick information and in-depth data with key statistics, graphs, charts, and maps.

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Urban Wire

Read researchers’ reflections on their work, on what’s happening in the news, and more.

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Go beyond research and explore the stories behind the data.

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Rooted in Research

As we update our visual identity and build a new website, Urban's core—who and what we are—remains the same. Our work—from research reports to interactive features to Urban Wire posts—will always be free from bias and grounded in evidence.

Topic Pages

Find all our resources on social and economic issues—including reports, blog posts, visuals, and experts—in one place.

Expert Profiles

Get to know the scholars and staff behind the research. Read their bios, learn about their areas of expertise, explore their publications, and connect with them on social media.

Full HTML Reports

Our new report design makes content easier to read and search. It highlights key points, interactive visuals, related research, and even associated media hits.

Since our founding in 1968, we've believed in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities.

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William Gorham and President Lyndon B. Johnson shake hands at the Urban Institute dedication, April 1968.