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HUD’s Learning Agenda FY 2022–2026

Evidence is essential to helping the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development achieve its mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. The bipartisan Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (“Evidence Act”) of 2018 requires federal agencies to launch a major new research and evaluation planning effort called the Learning Agenda. The first Learning Agenda for fiscal years 2022-2026 will align with the Department’s Strategic Plan and program operations, making it a living document that drives HUD’s evidence-building for policy and program management.

The recently completed Research Roadmap: 2020 Update provides a foundation for this effort to systematically plan research and evidence-building activities into the future. The Research Roadmap has served as HUD’s research plan since it was first published in 2014 and supports evidence-based policymaking for the Department. Like the Roadmap, the Learning Agenda will be forward looking and frame a multiyear agenda ensuring a robust pipeline of research, including research opportunities we highlight for Congress in the Department’s budget as well as efforts HUD launches in-house and with external research partners.

HUD’s Contribution to Evidence Building

The Learning Agenda is being developed right now, and HUD drawing on input and support from practitioners, advocates, people with lived experience in HUD programs, researchers, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. Through the Department’s extensive stakeholder engagement, the Learning Agenda team will articulate critical, policy-relevant research questions and help to inform how HUD invests in evidence building over the next five years.

In addition to the Learning Agenda, starting in fiscal year 2022 HUD will post two other types of documents required by the Evidence Act: Annual Evaluation Plan (AEP) and Capacity Assessment. The AEP, produced every year, describes the significant evaluation activities HUD expects to launch each fiscal year and documents HUD’s major ongoing evaluation activities. The Capacity Assessment, like the Learning Agenda, is integral to HUD’s Strategic Plan released every four years. The Capacity Assessment examines the coverage, quality, methods, effectiveness, and independence of HUD’s statistics, evaluation, research, and analysis efforts.

You can send questions, comments, or suggestions on HUD’s research, evaluation, and evidence-building activities to the Learning Agenda team at HUDLearningAgenda@huduser.gov.