For the past three decades we have been engaged in original research on a wide array of topics and projects, either to inform public policy and practice or to develop new understandings and new knowledge.

Among the tasks we have been asked to do are:

  • evaluate policies and programs
  • relate the findings of given projects to the literature in the field.
  • conduct field research on the impact of projects on excluded groups
  • review and evaluate research papers and policy briefs
  • create indicators for “soft” concepts such as “giving voice to the disenfranchised” or “empowering the poor”
  • develop research strategies  using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • designing protocols for complex survey research involving life histories
  • research specific cities, metropolitan areas or regions

1. Program Evaluation

  • Gates Foundation – SCALE UP India, CHF
  • Kellogg Foundation- Grassroots Leadership
  • NY Academy of Medicine: US Health Partnerships cities across USA
  • Keep Rockland Beautiful- Evaluation and Strategic Planning
  • Economic Opportunity Studies – Strategy and Fundraising

2. Research  for the Mega-Cities Project

  • American Express Foundation
  • Chase Bank and Roper Starch
  • AT&T Foundation
  • Pfizer Foundation–best practices in public health in cities
  • Tinker Foundation
  • Luce Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Revson Foundation

3. Research in Rio de Janeiro

  • Tinker Foundation
  • World Bank
  • Luce Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Fulbright
  • British Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Dutch Trust Fund

4. Other Research Projects

  • Hewlett Foundation -for Science City
  • Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation–for Science City
  • Alfred Sloan Foundation- new science and technology applied to cities
  • Russell Sage Foundation—research on urban decentralization research
  • German Marshall Fund- for Citizen Participation in Western Europe
  • NY Community Foundation- Neighborhood Leaders Speak