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HUD’s Learning Agenda FY 2022–2026

Evidence is essential to helping the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development achieve its mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. The bipartisan Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (“Evidence Act”) of 2018 requires federal agencies to launch a major new research and evaluation planning effort called the Learning Agenda. The first Learning Agenda for fiscal years 2022-2026 will align with the Department’s Strategic Plan and program operations, making it a living document that drives HUD’s evidence-building for policy and program management.

The recently completed Research Roadmap: 2020 Update will form the foundation for this effort to systematically plan research and evidence-building activities into the future. The Research Roadmap has served as HUD’s research plan since it was first published in 2014 and supports evidence-based policymaking for the Department. Like the Roadmap, the Learning Agenda will be forward looking and frame a multiyear agenda ensuring a robust pipeline of research, including research opportunities we highlight for Congress in the Department’s budget as well as efforts HUD launches in-house and with external research partners.

You Can Contribute

The Learning Agenda is being developed right now, and HUD is seeking input and support from practitioners, advocates, researchers, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. Through the Department’s extensive stakeholder engagement, the Learning Agenda team intends to identify critical, policy-relevant research questions and help to inform how HUD invests in evidence building over the next five years.

Take a look at the questions, themes, and projects proposed in the Research Roadmap: 2020 Update. What are we missing? What needs to be changed or updated about our current evidence building plans? What are the most important research questions HUD needs to answer?

Send your questions to the Learning Agenda team at HUDLearningAgenda@huduser.gov by 7/31/2021. Make your voice heard!