Research

UrbanKind Institute specializes in applied research and policy analysis that uses a critical, interdisciplinary lens. Rather than see the challenges facing urban people and environments as isolated, we recognize that they are fundamentally interconnected and believe that they must be analyzed as such. In all our work, we approach questions with a critical eye that gives credit where credit is due and that calls out policies and projects that continue to produce inequity and injustice.


Our Services include: 

  • Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis
  • Surveys
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviews
  • Program Evaluation
  • Alternative Evaluation Metrics
  • Issue-specific Research

See examples of our research below.

McKinley Park Survey

UrbanKind Institute is working with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to measure community-level impacts of the Conservancy’s latest project at McKinley Park, which includes green infrastructure and trail improvements. Working with Voices Against Violence, the Beltzhoover Consensus Group, and the Knoxville Community Council, UrbanKind trained residents to administer door-to-door surveys. The surveyors will ask Beltzhoover and Knoxville residents at the beginning of the infrastructure project and after the project is complete what they think about the park and how they use it. UrbanKind will then analyze the results of this pre-/post- survey.

My Brother’s Keeper Community & Stakeholder Planning Process

UrbanKind Institute facilitated conversations among and between young Latino and black / African American men, service providers, and others across the greater Pittsburgh region to identify gaps in out-of-school programming and attributes of ideal programs. In a final report, we identify several major and recurring themes that arose from the discussions, particularly as they relate to programming and activities that achieve My Brother’s Keeper initiative goals. Find the report on our publications page.

Recommendations for an Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Agenda for Pittsburgh

During an eight-month engagement project, UrbanKind Institute spoke with 125 participants, including elected  officials, public, private and non-profit practitioners, representatives of community organizations, and other local leaders about justice, equity, and inclusion in the Pittsburgh region. Our report presents findings from these discussions and identifies persistent challenges facing the region. Find our report on our publications page.