Hud User Home > About > Research > PD&R Research Projects


PD&R Research Projects

In HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), our mission is to provide reliable and objective housing research and market data to our constituents, as well as skilled analysis that assists HUD's leadership in making informed policy decisions. We focus on finding definitive answers to questions about what programs work and how they can be made to work better, through quick-turnaround studies and conferences, as well as through long-term evaluations that systematically measure performance outcomes and suggest possible cost-effective enhancements.

Interim reports of long-term research projects serve as progress reports on implementation, share preliminary insights and discoveries made in early phases of a study, and build a basis for analyzing final outcomes.

The Research Roadmap is our strategic research plan. Through extensive stakeholder engagement, the Roadmap identified critical, policy-relevant research questions and helps to guide PD&R research investments. This fall PD&R is launching the first major update to the Research Roadmap. Stay tuned to this space for updates on the process and in the meantime join us in the Research Roadmap Forums today to jumpstart the conversation.


List of Recently Completed Research

Family Self-Sufficiency Evaluation
Release Date: July 2021
Houston, Texas Community Encampment Report
Release Date: January 2021


List of Other Completed Research

Improving Educational Opportunity for HUD-Assisted Residents

HUD is partnering with The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) to conduct a research project to evaluate interventions to improve educational opportunities for HUD-assisted residents. The research includes a small pilot that tests the effectiveness of communications (e.g. letters, emails, and phone calls) on increasing completion of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) among youth in public housing. Another component is an exploratory project to implement and evaluate interventions to increase school attendance rates among HUD-assisted youth. The results are listed below

Adult Mental Health Status

By analyzing the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) linked with HUD administrative data, HUD researchers are collaborating with university partners to examine the mental health status of non-elderly, HUD-assisted adults aged 18-62. Using the Kessler-6 scale, preliminary results suggest that a high number of HUD- assisted adults experience serious psychological distress. This research project seeks to examine the degree to which HUD-assisted adults with serious psychological distress experience adverse health outcomes when compared to adults without serious psychological distress.

Vision Zero Case Study in Salisbury

The Vision Zero case study of Salisbury MD, is intended to be a guide on how to plan, design and build streets to make safety a priority for all users (drivers, bikers, walkers). The case study is intended to show how small and medium size communities with limited planning budget can use Vision Zero to re-engineer streets to decrease dangerous driving conditions and encourage multi-modal usage. It provides practical ideas of creating a community friendly to pedestrians and bicycles. A presentation to city officials is available on request to

Promise Zone Implementation Evaluation Project

Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community. The 22 urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones were selected through three rounds of national competition, in which applicants demonstrated a consensus vision for their community and its residents, the capacity to carry it out, and a shared commitment to specific, measurable results. Promise Zones receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them navigate federal resources, and up to five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives. The objective of this in-house Rapid Turn-around Implementation Assessment is to document the implementation and execution of the initial program structure, and to examine--at three sites, the operational effectiveness of the initial efforts at linking federal state and local entities to create positive momentum. The project report is available on request from