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The University of Texas at Dallas

Anthony Galvan, Associate Director, Research and Operations

The Institute for Urban Policy Research, founded in 2005 as the J. McDonald Williams Institute, is dedicated to improving lives and quality of life through community-based research that informs, motivates, and empowers ordinary people and the policy makers, civic leaders, and organizations who serve them. With offices on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas, and friends and partners in the community, we harness the most rigorous analytical tools and methods available to clarify the complex issues faced by the residents of distressed communities. The Institute's holistic research strategy brings the interdisciplinary perspectives of six focal areas to bear on the most pressing problems facing our communities. These include Education, Public Safety, Health, Housing, Social Capital, and Economic Development. More importantly, our focus on community empowerment means that, once the research is done, we support communities to act upon that newfound information and affect changes in their lives and their neighborhoods.

Denise Boots
Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology
Shahrukh Farooq
Research Associate
Anthony Galvan
Associate Director, Research and Operations
Sara Mokuria
Associate Director, Leadership Initiatives


November 13, 2018
The Institute has worked closely with Capital One since its foundation as the J. McDonald Williams Institute. Their generous support funded our first look at place-based philanthropy. We assisted... [read more]
January 2016 - September 2017
Project HOPES is a new effort of the Texas Department of Family and Proective Services (DFPS) that will contract with community-based organizations to provide child abuse and neglect prevention... [read more]
December 2015 - May 2016
Researchers from UT Dallas are partnering with Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) in a planning grant to develop an institute and an... [read more]


October 17, 2018
Presentation - By: Anthony Galvan

Institute for Urban Policy Research

May 21, 2018
Report - By: Timothy Bray, Anthony Galvan, Sara Mokuria, Alejandro Acero Murillo, Laila Jiwani

Institute for Urban Policy Research

Nonprofit Innovation in a Time of Economic Change.pdf
October 13, 2017
Meeting Materials - By: Alejandro Acero Murillo

Institute for Urban Policy Research

May 19, 2017
Presentation - By: Tim Bray

Institute for Urban Policy Research

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Partner Webinars

June 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 2014, we began holding virtual idea showcases after partners expressed the desire for more NNIP conversations between in-person meetings. Thanks to Idea Showcases, partners have shared their... [read more]

Presenters Maxwell Austensen, Mingming Zhang, Anthony Galvan, Bob Gradeck