Illustration by Rhiannon Newman for the Urban Institute

How do we describe rural America based on its strengths? Instead of focusing on traditional, deficit-based measures like poverty, population loss, and unemployment, Urban researchers wanted to consider the factors that create high quality of life in small communities and towns. But what could these shared assets between diverse communities…

Illustration by Christina Baird for the Urban Institute

Data practitioners, quantitative researchers by trade, often have little concept of what it takes to conduct qualitative research — the methods, skills, and practices necessary to gather and apply such data. But qualitative researchers, in our experience, do have quantitative skills: cleaning data, estimating summary statistics, and running regressions.


Illustration by JoElla Carman for the Urban Institute

Measuring changes in neighborhood patterns as they occur can enable timely policy action to prevent displacement in gentrifying communities, mitigate depopulation and community decline, and encourage inclusive growth. But many previous efforts to measure neighborhood change across jurisdictions relied on national datasets such as the American Community Survey (ACS) which…

Illustration by JoElla Carman for the Urban Institute

Like a growing number of organizations, the Urban Institute maintains a style guide for data graphics. This guide specifies almost a dozen elements that should appear on charts, like axis labels and source lines. After recent discussions about a check list to help the blog team review charts and get…

Illustration by Cheri Marshall for the Urban Institute

Lessons Learned from Exploring the Landscape of Landlords in the Twin Cities

In North Minneapolis, renters living in single-family homes owned by real estate investment trusts and private equity firms reported poor housing conditions, unexpected fees, and unresponsive management staff. Many of the tenants are also preparing to fight eviction filings from these owners that they worry will follow the end of…


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