VPRN’s Research and Policy Brief series offers practitioners, policymakers and researchers a convenient and simple way to quickly digest the latest developments within this emerging field.
Our Research and Policy Brief series bridges the traditional divide between research and practice by explaining the methods behind recent research along with the context and findings so that practitioners and community leaders can better understand:
- what the research says
- what the research does not say, and
- How it might be relevant to their respective initiatives.
By understanding how current research may or may not apply to local efforts, we believe practitioners and policymakers will be better equipped to make better decisions, improve policy and program implementation, and ultimately facilitate the regeneration of their communities.
Several of the briefs focus on translating and synthesizing current research for practitioners and policymakers on priority topics, such as urban greening and code enforcement. Other briefs discuss the policy and practice dimensions of important vacant property strategies and tools, such as real property information systems, vacant property inventories, and neighborhood typologies. A few of our briefs take a more scholarly approach by examining the research and conceptual foundations of important community development topics such as blight and neighborhood change.
The Basics of Blight