The Kirwan Institute strives to provide innovative, compelling and strategic research to both academic audiences and the broader community. Much of the Institute’s research is applied and policy oriented, providing informed direction and assistance to social justice advocates, communities, funders and policy makers. The following provides information on our core strategic initiatives, research, and provides a comprehensive index of recent Institute projects.
The Kirwan Institute supports equitable policy and capacity building through its Opportunity Communities Model. This research model brings an intersectional analysis to focus areas such as housing, education, jobs, transportation, health, and criminal justice We are particularly interested in how Structural Racialization and Race in Cognition create and sustain barriers to opportunity. Our framework for engagement and capacity building around these sources of inequity include:
- Policy, Law and Civil Rights research
- Opportunity Mapping
- Communications, Field Building and Engagement
Our Opportunity Communities Model advocates for equitable investment in all people and neighborhoods, to improve the health of entire regions.