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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.

HUD’s Learning Agenda: 2022-2026, aligned with the Department’s Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, frames 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. The Learning Agenda draws on input and support from practitioners, advocates, people with lived experience in HUD programs, researchers, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. The Learning Agenda articulates critical, policy-relevant research questions that will inform how HUD invests in evidence building over the five-year strategic planning cycle.


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. If you have any questions, contact