Urban Policy Lab Projects

Real-World, Client-Based Projects.  Each spring, teams of students in our Urban Policy Lab advise clients in government and the nonprofit sector on pressing policy and management issues. Working under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, students research the issue, identify possible solutions, and analyze them. The students present their recommendations to the client in a formal briefing and afterward submit a written report incorporating client feedback. This spring, our student teams worked with these clients on policy issues confronting them. 

Urban Policy Lab | Spring 2019 Clients and Issues

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Anchor Institutions and Community Development

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Improving Transportation Options for Central Brooklyn

Center for Court Innovation
Strategies for Scaling Up the Project Reset Criminal Justice Diversion Program

City Council Member Ritchie Torres
Improving Election Technology and Management

Nature Conservancy of New York State, Inc.
Promoting Tree Protection, Tree Planting, and Long-Term Tree Stewardship on Private Property

NYC Administration for Children’s Services
Increasing Parental Voice in Preventive Services

NYC  Department of Administrative Services
Rethinking the Operations of NYC’s Central Storehouse

NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development
Improving the Affordable Housing Application Experience for Transgender, Gender Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming New Yorkers

NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence
Integrating Survivors of Domestic and Gender-based Violence into the Coordinated Entry System for Housing Assistance

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Improving Customer Services for Immigrant Queries

Partnerships for Parks
Strengthening Relationships between Parks and  Public Housing

United Neighborhood Houses
Rethinking Senior Centers

Urban Policy Lab | Spring 2018 Clients and Issues

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Supporting Immigrant Businesses

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation/Better Bike Share Coalition
Improving Bike infrastructure in Central Brooklyn

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Food Services and Workforce Development

Green Thumb
Food Production and Community Gardens

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
Legal Services and Domestic Violence

Nature Conservancy of New York State, Inc.
Tree Stewardship on Private Property

New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres
Internet of Things, Privacy & Cyber Security

New York Immigration Coalition
Rethinking Membership Options

NYC Administration for Children’s Services
Opioids and Child Welfare

NYC Dept. of Education, Office of Community Schools
Improving Retention of Community School Directors

NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection 
How to Reduce Improper Disposal of Sanitary Wipes?

NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development
Improving Housing Voucher Effectiveness