Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Aug 01
  • Climate
  • Resilience
This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.

It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. 

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Oct 14
  • Afterschool
Continuing its nearly decade-long effort to help cities expand access to high-quality afterschool programs, The Wallace Foundation has announced that it will award up to $7.8 million in grants to nine cities as part of a four-year initiative to strengthen citywide afterschool systems that serve children and youth. The YEF Institute will help coordinate the project.

The cities and grantee…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Oct 14
  • Afterschool
A new research report published by the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation highlights a growing trend in communities nationwide: the emergence of comprehensive, citywide afterschool systems for children and youth.

Municipal Leadership for Afterschool: Citywide Approaches Spreading Across the Country identifies 27…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
May 02
  • Afterschool

by Michael Karpman

Throughout the country, cities and United Ways are working together to improve outcomes for children and families by leveraging each other's capacity to engage residents and organizations around common goals, track progress and sustain momentum over time.

To identify opportunities for enhancing these partnerships, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Apr 17
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  • Financial Empowerment

Families who do not use bank accounts and other safe, affordable financial services often live paycheck to paycheck — and precariously close to a serious financial crisis. Often considered the “on-ramp” to financial stability, a bank account provides a family with the means to save and make the basic financial transactions necessary for day-to-day life. Yet millions of American families lack…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Jun 01
  • Land Use
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community
  • Economic Development
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhoods

This model RFP is for the City of Flagstaff's second phase of proposals for a mixed-use Traditional Neighborhood Development of approximately 27 acres along John Wesley Powell Boulevard in Flagstaff, Arizona.

This is a detailed request for proposals (RFP) that can be used as a model for other cities looking to promote or create traditional neighborhood developments. This RFP requires a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Dec 21
  • Youth & Family

No challenge facing cities and towns is more urgent than protecting our children and youth.  Ensuring children’s safety at home, keeping them out of harm’s way on the streets and at school, and shielding young people from influences that can draw them into acts of crime and violence – these steps are essential to the well-being of our communities.

The lives of young people in our…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families