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Scroll below to view our prior policy reports, white-papers, and other work, published by PDI. 


A special thank you to the organizations PDI has previously worked with, on issues spanning education, public housing, environment, campaign finance, referendums, and global development, including:


Misinformation in Media

A solution-oriented investigation into media-borne misinformation and ‘fake news’

The Heart of Hyde Park

A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship between Hyde Park Small Businesses and the University of Chicago

Automated Driving System Testing in

Trends in Collision and Disengagement Data

Breaking Down Barriers to Affordable Housing Through Dialogue

Two Case Studies from the Chicago Area

Judicial Retention Elections in Cook County

What Determines the Retention Outcomes of Trial Judges?

A 100 Percent Renewable Chicago

An Economic Impact Report Assessing Renewable Energy in the City of Chicago

Small Donor Matching Programs

Examining Past Case Studies to Propose an Improved S.B. 1424

Data Science Education

Policy Playbooks for how to best implement data science education

The Effects of Truth-In-Sentencing Legislation

How Truth in Sentencing legislation effects varied outcomes

Municipal Housing Law Enforcement in Chicago

Eviction and Just Cause Ordinances

Assessing the Illinois Referendum as a Tool for Democracy

In Collaboration with the Chicago Center on Democracy

Evictions per Filing in Illinois

Racially Disparate Patterns in Eviction Filing Outcomes

E-Governance in Chicago and Cook County

Envisioning the Next Stage in Online Government Service

Nonprofit Political Spending in Illinois

Loopholes and Circumvention in Illinois Campaign Finance Law

Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Investment

The Effectiveness of a Tax Incentive on Growth

Proactive Fair Housing in Chicago

Options for City Policymakers

An International Green New Deal

Executive Summary for the forthcoming 'Data for the Green New Deal' series

Win-Win: Housing for People with Criminal Records (abr.)

Report by the Heartland Alliance with contributing research from the Paul Douglas Institute

A Universal Basic Income for Chicago

Simulating a supplementary UBI’s effects on the labor market, income distribution, and quality of life

Changing Perspectives on Food Deserts

Challenging the Current Policy Framework and Proposing a Way Forward to Address America’s Obesity Epidemic

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