Expanding public transit systems to connect low-income communities to healthy environments, high-quality education, and well-paying jobs isn’t enough. Transit has to be affordable as well as accessible.
Fair housing initiatives that focus on dispersion ignore the social structures and processes that result in the inequitable distribution of resources necessary for health.
To achieve broad social impact, we need systemic solutions. This requires government to lead with an outcomes-focused approach that embraces data and technology, aligns financial incentives, learns from policy failures and successes, and acts on new knowledge about what works.
Welfare reform to encourage work doesn’t take into account how unstable jobs have become, especially for the poorest.
The tide that has swept experimental program evaluation to the forefront of knowledge building about social policy is suddenly ebbing.