A “Think and Do” Tank

The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, which is housed in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, is equally committed to producing state-of-the-art applied research and implementing effective policies and practices based on that research.

The Center’s collaborative research and problem-solving model uses powerful data analysis, multidisciplinary research and evaluation techniques, and a policy-driven perspective to address critical challenges facing urban areas. Our goal is to integrate thought and action to achieve social justice through collaborative data-driven analysis and practice. We prepare emerging practitioners and academicians to transcend the mysteries and frustrations of successful urban policy-making.

Dukakis Center News

Research Spotlight: How youth summer jobs can help drive down crime and launch careers

Mayors in many cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have looked to summer youth employment programs (SYEP) as a potential way to address the decline in teen employment as well as concerns regarding youth violence prevention. Northeastern labor economist Alicia Sasser Modestino is leading a multi-year study with the…
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Get to Know: New Dukakis Center Director Theodore Landsmark

Theodore C. Landsmark, a higher education visionary and public policy expert, has assumed the role of director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, a “think and do” tank in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs that produces state-of-the-art applied research used to implement effective policies in Greater…
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The current state of vocational education in the Commonwealth

The “State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure” measures the current infrastructure throughout the five counties in Greater Boston, and projects the requirements to meet the region’s needs in 2030…
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Myra Kraft Open Classroom

A semester-long seminar series for students and the public

Where is America headed in the 2018 midterm elections—and beyond? Go inside the nation’s newsrooms as they cover the midterm elections and gear up for 2020.

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Multi-Year Evaluation of the Boston Youth Summer Employment Program

This project seeks to understand not only whether SYEP improve outcomes among youth, but also how these impacts are achieved and for whom these impacts are the greatest.

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