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HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research Biennial Report 2011-2012: Building for the Future

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February 22, 2013  

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research Biennial Report 2011-2012: Building for the Future

Since 1973, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has served as an independent policy and research entity tasked with program evaluation and with supporting the agency’s mission. Throughout the years, the office’s research capacity has been limited by funding shortfalls, such that a 2008 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies found these funding gaps had ultimately left PD&R unable to meet its expectations.

Since the National Academies’ report was published, PD&R’s leadership role in the field of housing and community development has been strengthened by increased funding that supports cutting edge research, new dissemination platforms, and enhanced analytic capacity. Under the leadership of former Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic and Acting Assistant Secretary Erika Poethig, PD&R has strengthened external research partnerships and created a more inclusive, transparent research agenda.

With a renewed focus, PD&R hosts the White House Council’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative — the interagency partnership designed to strengthen local governments’ capacity to realize their economic potential — and is playing a leading role in domestic policy implementation.

To find out more about these and other major achievements, read the 2011-2012 Biennial Report to learn more about some of PD&R’s most transformative accomplishments over the past two fiscal years.

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