urbanCORE’s Policy & Research arm connects data and research to tangible action that helps researchers and community leaders achieve social impact and policy change. Drawing upon the more than 50-year legacy of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, researchers and graduate students equip faculty, students and community practitioners to access, interpret and apply relevant data to address critical issues and policies. Lori Thomas is the Executive Director of the Urban Institute and the Charlotte Regional Trust Data.
✔ The Charlotte Regional Data Trust and Quality of Life Explorer data platforms help community practitioners make data-informed decisions and foster research to deepen understanding of complex community issues. Managed by the Urban Institute and its Charlotte Regional Data Trust, the Integrated Data System is benefitting from a $4 million upgrade, funded by UNC Charlotte and community investors, to improve access and support for community practitioners, researchers and students, and to expand the number of data partners and sources.