The Washington Center for Equitable Growth launched in November 2013 with the explicit mission to accelerate cutting-edge research into whether and how structural changes, such as economic inequality, affect economic growth and stability. Core to that mission is to help build a bridge between academics and policymakers so the data-driven research is not relegated to a desk drawer, but is relevant and accessible to the policymaking process. To more fully realize Equitable Growth’s mission, we launched our new website this week to ensure the latest data and analysis is readily available and more fun to use.
Over the 2014 and 2015 grant cycles, Equitable Growth’s academic grants program awarded more than $1.2 million to rising scholars and prominent academics asking big questions on whether and how economic inequality affects growth. Our in-house research team is expanding to deliver the latest analysis on macroeconomic stability, labor markets, and 21st century family economic security.
But we know that the evidence-based research to come in the years ahead will mean very little if the findings can’t be accessed by decision-makers examining the very questions researchers ask across the country on a daily basis. In order to ensure that Equitable Growth’s analysis is accessible, and that scholars can easily access grant program information, past grantee research, and working papers, we are implementing several exciting changes with the new site upon its launch this week and more in the months to come. You’ll find that:
• In-depth reports and original analysis will be available via full html reports
• Visuals will be shareable and customizable
• Original data sources will be available for analysis
• Past award cycles and grantees are available for review
• The daily Value Added posts are integrated into the always-popular Equitablog
We look forward to hearing from you about what changes work and what more we could do to improve your experience.
And thanks for being a part of the conversation on economic inequality and growth that Washington should be having.