Performance Improvement 2004. Equality of Opportunity and the Importance of Place


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was funded to commission a series of papers to synthesize the available research on the relationship between place-based factors and outcomes in the areas of health, child and youth development, and welfare reform. There is a growing body of research documenting the synergistic effect that the configuration of community resources and values, demographic, geography, and other factors have on health and human service outcomes. The papers commissioned by NAS identified available data to assess these interactions and made recommendations for future research. NAS convened a workshop of researchers and policy makers from federal, state and local government, academic institutions and private organizations to reflect on the papers and develop and refine an integrated research agenda. The papers, as well as a workshop summary including the research agenda, were disseminated and posted on NAS’ website. NAS recommended additional research on the importance of place as it relates to: welfare-to-work, child and adolescent development, and public health.

PIC ID: 7552
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Benesch, Brenda, 202-260-0382
Performer: National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

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