Our Mission

Polis Institute is a nonprofit action research and engagement institute. Our work propels solutions to social and economic issues that grow opportunity for all. Polis Institute works directly with communities and consults for philanthropies, nonprofits, investors, and government agencies.

Using rich data and a people-first approach to help solve critical social and economic issues.

Polis Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating equitable and thriving futures for American communities. We help mission-driven organizations, government agencies, philanthropists, and community members achieve meaningful positive impacts that make a difference in people’s lives.

We understand that those closest to critical issues, people living the experiences, must be part of solution-making if we’re going to really move the needle and close disparity gaps. Polis Institute guides changemakers in using rich data and authentic collaboration with communities to create and grow initiatives that make a difference.

Polis Institute’s ten-plus years of experience in propelling positive social and economic change covers a spectrum of issue areas, including equitable urban revitalization, economic mobility, healthcare access, educational achievement, early childhood education & childcare access, and career advancement. We give stakeholders the tools, data, and insights they need to achieve results that matter.