Research and policy centers

AI Now

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the social implications of artificial intelligence.

Analyst Institute

Collaborating with progressive organizations and Democratic campaigns around the US to measure & increase the impact of their programs.

Association of Internet Researchers

The Association of Internet Researchers is a member-based, academic association dedicated to the promotion of critical and scholarly Internet research independent from traditional disciplines and existing across academic borders.

Center for an Urban Future

Center for an Urban Future is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in NYC.

CITRIS – Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

CITRIS (The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) and the Banatao Institute create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

Data & Society

Data & Society is a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development.

Emerson Engagement Lab

We are an applied research lab dedicated to innovating the ways people participate in civic life and expanding the study of citizenship in a digital era.

Engine Room

We are an international organisation that helps activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact.

Fundación Avina

Fundación Avina is a Latin American foundation created in 1994 and focused on producing the large-scale changes necessary for sustainable development by fostering collaborative processes among leaders from different sectors, thereby contributing toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).


GovEx at Johns Hopkins successfully helps governments effectively use data in order to make informed decisions on services that improve people’s lives.


mySociety is a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to invent and popularise websites and apps that enable citizens around the world to exert power over institutions and decision makers.

Norman Lear Center

Studying & Shaping the Impact of Entertainment & Media on Society

Planning Resource

Find news, appeals decisions & best practice for development management & strategic planners on PlanningResource

Project for Placemaking

Our placemaking blog connects people who share a passion for public spaces to ideas and issues, news, places, and events that have come out of the placemaking movement.

Public Interest Technology University Network

The Public Interest Technology Universities Network is a partnership that fosters collaboration between 21 universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists.

Smart Growth America

Smart growth is a way to build cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable.

Survey of Mayors

The Only Nationally Representative Survey of American Mayors

The Civic Data Design Lab

“Big data” will not change the world unless it is collected and synthesized into tools that have a public benefit.

UN Habitat publications

Visit our publications page for all the latest, featured, regional and Flagship publications.

Urban Institute

Urban Institute opens minds, shapes decisions, and offers solutions through economic and social policy research.

UW Tech Policy Lab

The Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington brings together experts in law, information, and computer science to enhance technology policy.