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Brookings Institution: Greater Washington Research Program

The Brookings Institution is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, education, and publication focused on public policy issues in the areas of economics, foreign policy, and governance. The Brookings Greater Washington Research Program was created to inform the public about Washington metropolitan area trends, examine the interwoven concerns of residents and jurisdictions, and generate innovative policy ideas for the long-term vitality of the greater Washington area. Their publications include research and editorials on a variety of areas relevant to the district.

Community Research and Learning Network (CoRAL)

The CoRAL Network is a collaborative effort of DC's colleges, universities, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to meet the research and information needs of the CBOs. They seek to advance the social justice agendas of community organizations in order to improve the quality of life of those in need. CoRAL matches university faculty and students with CBOs. Find out what students and faculty at area universities are researching about DC, the focus of current community projects, and contact information for someone involved in each project.

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute is a project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The institute was established in 2001 to research and educate the public on the fiscal and economic health of the DC. DCFPI analyzes local and federal tax and budget policies that concern the District, with a particular emphasis on policies that affect low- and moderate-income residents. Recent testimony and publications analyze the EITC, income tax rates, budget shortfalls, income disparities, and other budget policies.

George Mason University - Center for Regional Analysis

The CRA researches on the regional issues. Focused primarily on economic and fiscal issues, the center also studies demographics, social, and policy trends. This is an excellent resource for local economic indicators and scholarly research. The CRA also conducts custom studies for local governments, nonprofits, and businesses.

George Washington University Center for Washington Area Studies

The Center for Washington Area Studies was established in 1980 to use the resources of GWU to develop a fuller understanding of the Washington area as a locality, with its own history, politics, culture, problems, and opportunities. The Center is a regional studies institute, which aims to stimulate scholarly and multidisciplinary inquiry into a broad range of matters relating to DC. Their publications cover an array of topics about neighborhood history, planning, and policy.

Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO - formerly the General Accouting Office) reports to Congress on the programs and expenditures of the federal government. GAO analyzes federal programs related to the District, DC government programs and administration, and local economic, demographic, and social service issues.

Note: To access all reports related to DC, click on "Search GAO Archive on GPO," simple search, with the term "District of Columbia." The search term Washington, DC returns many extra reports.

H-DC: Washington DC History and Culture

H-DC is a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-DC, a refereed, multi- and inter-disciplinary discussion list provides a forum for communication for those who research, write, read, teach, collect, curate, and preserve DC history and culture and for those who work in cultural institutions located within DC, regardless of discipline. The site has a variety of discussion threads and includes information about neighborhoods, chronologies, and photographs. The site also includes reviews of books about DC history. This is a good place to start if you're looking for something about DC but don't know where to turn. If its not on the site, posting a question might help.

Historical Society of Washington, DC

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has collected Washington, D.C.'s stories for over a century. The society offers the comprehensive historical information about DC. Their library and bookstore is housed at the site of the former City Museum in Mount Vernon Square. The Historical Society is the best place to begin to research any questions about the history, culture, or identity of DC.

Humanities Council of Washington, DC

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. HCWDC is a private, nonprofit organization that funds and conducts humanities-based cultural and educational programs for Washingtonians in every ward. The Council hosts lectures, discussions, and films relating to the humanities. The Council also produces a public access show on DCTV. They are also preparing an online encyclopedia designed to be a comprehensive site for the general public about the immense history and culture of Washington, DC.

Neighborhood Info DC

Neighborhood Info profiles district neighborhoods at a variety of levels including census tracts, ANCs, and wards. For each area, data are provided about population, race and ethnicity, income, poverty, employment, education, public assistance, single-parent families, low weight and teen births, income, housing, and crime. In addition, the resources page links to a number of reports about the city. The site is run by the Urban Institute and the Washington DC Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. Its publications about DC span the breadth of issues facing the city. Some of the topics of research published over the last year include education, housing, technology, youth programs, prisoner re-entry, low-wage workers, the homeless, and charitable giving. Urban's publications are available in full online.

Victorian Secrets of Washington, DC

Victorian Secrets documents vacant, abandoned, deteriorated and distressed buildings throughout the city. Photographs showing the current state of the buildings, mostly homes, accompany histories of the buildings. Neighborhoods represented on the site include those around New York Avenue, South Capitol Street, and Mount Vernon East. Off the main page, clicking on pictures can lead to a variety of links with stories of Washington history. For old time ads and illustrations, check out the page on lost diners of the city. This is a fun website for those interested DC's architecture or history.

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