About the Center
WHO WE ARE:
The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School is an applied policy research institute that drives innovation in social policy. We seek to improve the effectiveness of government and other organizations in their work with low-income urban communities in New York City. The Center works where people's lives intersect with government and community organizations to illuminate the impact of public policy on the lives of ordinary people. We are committed to constant collaboration with government and non-profit organizations, residents, advocates, researchers and journalists.
The Center is widely recognized for its role as a non-partisan broker of information and analysis.
WHAT WE DO:
The Center supports innovation in urban policy and practice through our applied research, policy analysis, journalism, strategic planning and coalition building that focuses on ground-level solutions.
The Center's current projects include:
- The Schools Watch Initiative
- Child Welfare Watch
- Feet in Two Worlds
- College Ready Communities
- Public Policy Forums
- Politics & Advocacy Training at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy
TRANSFORMING NEW YORK'S POLICY LANDSCAPE:
- Our research on NYC public schools prompted Mayor Bloomberg to create an interagency task force to reduce chronic absenteeism and truancy.
- Our children's services reporting helped spur reform in the states' juvenile corrections system.
- Our study of Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's radical reorganization was the first to analyze the impact of his school accountability system on children and families.
- Our public forums on social welfare, education, economics and other urban issues engage thousands of participants each year.
- Our award-winning collaboration with journalists from more than two
dozen immigrant communities has brought unique perspectives
on pressing local and national issues to public radio and online.