Founded in 2005 as the J. McDonald Williams Institute, the mission of the Institute for Urban Policy Research is to provide research and evaluation, education and outreach, and project guidance and consulting services to inform, motivate, and inspire community-focused organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
What We Do
Our diverse staff recognizes the value of a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, and brings a wealth of experience to each project we engage. We believe that our dedication to applying state-of-the-art, proven tools to solve problems empowers our clients to shape their future rather than being pushed by the current. At the end of the day, our clients know that they can depend on us for innovative, professional solutions.
Research and Evaluation
Research activities provide the fact base and knowledge content for education and outreach activities, while providing the framework and suite of tools to guide and inform client decisions. The Institute’s research is action-oriented and results-driven.
Education and Outreach
Through our education and outreach activities, we work to expand the Institute’s reach and develop the capabilities of our constituents, while reinforcing our position as the premier source for guidance and research on outcomes and measurement.
Guidance and Consulting
Consulting and project guidance provide real-time coaching during program implementation, and often leverage our research and education capabilities. These engagements draw from our multi-disciplinary expertise to provide a variety of customized services.