Our services transform research into publications online and off that will be read, understood, and acted on.


Brookings Institution

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Evidence Matters (HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research)

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Fiscal Cities Project (College of Planning and Public Policy, UIC)

Funders for Housing Opportunity

Institute for Housing Studies (DePaul University)

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Build Healthy Places Network

Terner Center for Housing Innovation

San Francisco Foundation

SPARCC (Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge)

Urban Institute

Urban Land Institute Chicago

USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Barbara Ray was an instrumental collaborator on our book "Mother's Work and Children's Lives." She not only synthesized and brought to life a wide body of analysis on the politics of welfare reform, but she also expertly integrated our qualitative and quantitative evidence to provide a vivid description of low-income working mothers in the post-welfare reform era.”

Ariel KalilProfessor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

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We distill complicated research into briefs for various audiences. For Urban Institute, we boiled down research into a “problem/solution” format. For the MacArthur Foundation, we summarized research on affordable housing for a policy audience. We also do longer reports, like this one on the state of affordable housing for the Funders for Housing Opportunity.

We love to dive in and tell a rich story, like in these reported pieces for Build Healthy Places Network, or in this think piece for Next City.

We excel in short-form writing for the web. We can write from existing work, ghost-write, or interview for the story. For MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, for example, we distilled research on why some cities are left behind. For Institute for Housing Studies, we interviewed housing advocates in a gentrifying neighborhood.

Telling a story through visuals means getting to the essence of a piece of research. We did that in this piece on Europe’s social mobility.