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 in people’s lives. The LISC research and assessment department supports all of our revitalization efforts by conducting or commissioning studies of our policies, strategy and programs. With the information from that research we can, in turn, tailor strategy and projects that respond to the real experience of residents.
We evaluate the work of our 31 local offices, as well as of our national and rural programs. And we undertake studies that investigate broad national concerns, such as building financial stability among a neighborhood’s most impoverished residents, or foreclosure trends across the country. Our strength lies in the fact that we have ready access to so much data generated by hundreds of community development efforts that form the LISC footprint.
LISC and the Institute of Museum and Libraries Service review the many ways museums and libraries address the needs of economically-distressed areas.