In order to respond to the immediate needs of our community partners, we have developed the capability and flexibility to analyze data or indicators that are relevant to the work of our partners, to present such data in a way that is accurate and rigorous, and to frame data in ways that are understandable, useful and persuasive for community and advocacy groups. We have dubbed this work "rapid response" because we have received funding that allows us to temporarily focus away from our longer-term projects to provide just-in-time data and analysis to address immediate issues, policies or misleading arguments released by other centers, as the need arises. This ability to "pivot" - that is, to marshal facts but within the context of a broad and consistent frame - is critical in contemporary debates. In order to be prepared for this, we continually maintain and gather up-to-date information as it is released from the American Community Survey, the Bureaus of Labor Statistics, and other sources, making it part of our standard databases and mapping resources.
Projects in this research area are: