The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed a “Research Roadmap” that identifies critical policy questions and will help to guide PD&R research investments over the next five years. While PD&R has undertaken similar agenda setting efforts over the years, the Roadmap differs in important ways. Learn More »
August 15, 2013
Dear Friend of HUD Research:
I am pleased to transmit the HUD Research Roadmap FY 2014-FY 2018, a 5-year research agenda resulting from our year-long effort to consult with stakeholders of HUD research. Through the Roadmap, I hope that you, as a housing and community development practitioner, policymaker, or researcher, will better understand the vital importance of research for achieving HUD's mission, of creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all.
The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) developed the Roadmap partly in response to a 2008 report by the National Research Council, Rebuilding the Research Capacity at HUD. The report highlighted the urgent needs to reinforce PD&R's resources and capacity for research and to reinvigorate research activities by shifting to a more collaborative model. During the roadmapping process, PD&R asked diverse stakeholder groups to identify the most pressing research questions related to housing and urban development. Multiple rounds of review by HUD staff, PD&R leaders, and HUD's senior staff helped prioritize research questions on the basis of policy relevance, timeliness, and making the best use of HUD's comparative advantages.
The Roadmap presents a course forward at a time of fiscal austerity, such as budget sequesters and staff furloughs. In addition, modernization resulting from the Government Performance and Results Act and growing emphasis on evidence-based policy make it important for research to be focused and effective. Meanwhile, maturing administrative data systems and emerging opportunities for data matching create opportunities to address pressing policy questions. In response, HUD's Transformation Initiative, launched during FY 2010 with the support of Congress, is funding research, evaluations, and program demonstrations.
The Roadmap, while setting HUD's research agenda, will shift with changing needs. For example, PD&R plans to build on the collaborative framework established during the roadmapping process by partnering with research organizations inside and outside of government. I look forward to continuing this conversation as we embark on this journey together.