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The University of Texas at Dallas

Timothy Bray, Director

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


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 Protective 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]


March 1, 2022
Announcement - By: Institute for Urban Policy Research

Institute for Urban Policy Research

February 28, 2022
Report - By: Timothy Bray

Institute for Urban Policy Research

March 9, 2020
Report - By: Camille H. Anoll

Urban Institute, Center on Poverty and Community Development, Institute for Urban Policy Research, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, (Inactive) Center for Economic Information*, DataHaven, Urban Health Collaborative, University Center for Social and Urban Research

Read the Brief
October 30, 2019
Website - By: Healthy North Texas

Institute for Urban Policy Research

June 12, 2019
Meeting Materials - By: Anthony Galvan

Institute for Urban Policy Research

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