Explore The Solutions

The Urban Institute is exploring promising solutions to advance equity and upward mobility in the decades ahead. We are also identifying what today’s transformational leaders need to know to drive forward groundbreaking ideas. In January 2019, we will start sharing what we learn about the country’s big challenges, answering what would it take…

Financial Well-Being

… to ensure that every family can achieve and maintain financial security?

… to ensure that every family can achieve and maintain financial security?

Climate Adaptation

… to make sure all families can live in a physically secure home and a stable community that’s prepared for the effects of global climate change?

… to make sure all families can live in a physically secure home and a stable community that’s prepared for the effects of global climate change?

Job Quality

… to provide quality jobs and advancement opportunities for all workers?

… to provide quality jobs and advancement opportunities for all workers?

Lifelong Learning

… to enable all workers to develop the skills to succeed in a changing labor market?

… to enable all workers to develop the skills to succeed in a changing labor market?

Housing

… to ensure that all of us have access to an affordable home in a community rich with opportunity?

… to ensure that all of us have access to an affordable home in a community rich with opportunity?

Safety and Justice

… to harness technology to improve public safety while protecting people’s privacy and promoting a more equitable justice system?

… to harness technology to improve public safety while protecting people’s privacy and promoting a more equitable justice system?

Health

… to reduce inequities in healthy life expectancy?

… to reduce inequities in healthy life expectancy?

Structural Racism

… to eliminate the policies, programs, and institutional practices that impede racial equity?

… to eliminate the policies, programs, and institutional practices that impede racial equity?

Delivering power through knowledge so all people can thrive in a fast-changing world.

The Urban Institute was founded 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide “power through knowledge” to help solve the problems that weighed heavily on the nation’s hearts and minds. Urban rose to LBJ’s challenge with evidence and analysis to strengthen new ideas for lifting families out of poverty, promoting justice, and revitalizing communities. But many of the challenges and divisions of the 1960s persist today. Meanwhile, powerful shifts in technology, climate, demographics, and the global economy threaten to exacerbate inequalities and block opportunities for people to thrive. What would it take to harness these forces of change to create new windows of opportunity and tear down old barriers? Together with innovative leaders from diverse fields, Urban is looking to the future. We are building power through knowledge to help changemakers across the country accelerate solutions to the challenges of the next 50 years.