To do our work well, we have to understand the needs of the communities where we invest, and gauge the on-the-ground impact of those investments on people’s lives. The research and evaluation department supports LISC’s work by conducting studies to better understand both our own initiatives and public policies that shape outcomes in urban and rural areas. We collaborate with community partners to ensure that our questions are set up to inform policy and practice. And we engage in innovative research partnerships to develop path-breaking insights about how communities change and the role of neighborhoods in catalyzing opportunity for their residents.
Our research spans the breadth of the work LISC supports, including studies of the impact of community-hospital partnerships; initiatives that bring industrial and manufacturing jobs to cities; and efforts to support the resilience of America’s immigrant neighborhoods.
This LISC research report provides rigorous evidence about the impact of our investments, and the work of both community organizations and “anchor institutions.” In South Minneapolis, strong community partnerships and commitments from hospitals and corporations stabilized and boosted home values, without contributing to accelerating prices and gentrification.