We are five labs working to address challenges across five key dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, economic opportunity, and energy & environment.
We partner with cities and communities to use data and rigorous research to design, test and scale programs and policies that enhance public safety, improve educational outcomes, and advance justice.
The Education Lab partners with school districts to design, evaluate, and scale programs and practices that advance student learning and opportunity.
The Energy and Environment Lab partners with government agencies and the private sector to identify, rigorously evaluate, and scale programs and policies that reduce pollution, conserve limited natural resources, improve environmental outcomes, and ensure access to reliable and affordable energy.
The Health Lab seeks to partner with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate and scale programs and policies that improve health outcomes and address systemic barriers to achieving health equity.
Urban Labs works closely with partners to address some of the most pressing challenges across five key dimensions of urban life. Learn more about some of the work we have done and the impact it has made.
Chicago’s bag tax significantly reduced disposable bag use
City Club of Chicago Talk by Crime Lab Faculty Director Jens Ludwig