FIVE LABS. ONE APPROACH.
Urban Labs

Education

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Energy & Environment

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Health

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Poverty

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UChicago Urban Labs:

Use research and evidence to understand how cities can work better

Test the most promising, cost-effective policies and programs

Work with civic partners to implement and evaluate solutions in real time

Scale solutions to cities around the country and the world

Why UChicago Urban Labs?

Cities hold great promise, but they are also home to daunting issues—and cities are growing more rapidly than ever before. To help improve urban life, UChicago Urban Labs conduct action-oriented research across five key areas: crime, education, energy & environment, health, and poverty. Partnering with civic leaders and practitioners, Urban Labs identify and test the most promising policies and programs and work to implement them around the world.

Urban Labs

Innovation Challenge

In 2015, we launched the first Urban Labs Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to create new partnerships between Urban Labs and community organizations and agencies. The identified promising interventions in three topic areas: energy & environment, health, and poverty. The three proposals selected will receive over $2.1 million in funding to implement their innovative ideas over the next year. In turn Urban Labs will provide rigorous evaluation support for these projects.