Urban Research Foundation

8490 Carter Street

Overland Park, KS 66212

Phone:  (913) 706-9363


email: info@urbanresearchfoundation.org

Urban Research Foundation
Urban Research Foundation

The Urban Research Foundation Difference

Many organizations claim community problem resolution as their mission.  It is the methodology of research/conclusion/consensus-building and, particularly, implementation that sets URF apart from others.  The methodology used by URF is based on Elinor Ostrom’s holistic (“holon”) approach.  Elinor Ostrom won the 2009 Nobel Economics Award.  She advocates the policy of using existing community resources.  


She supports the research observation that these existing assets can be as effective as governmental or professional resources in local problem resolution.  URF also adds Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches for consensus building and education.  These theories provide a base for research emphasizing maintaining already existing community supports and organizations rather than replacing them combined with a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to problem resolution. 


The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and GuideStar have also reviewed the foundation.

Joining together for a good cause: Welcome to Urban Research Foundation

The first and foremost goal of our non-profit organization is to make a difference in as many people's lives as possible. We strive to improve the living conditions for those who need the help, who can't do it themselves. Have you ever thought about how much you could change things just by volunteering?

Mobilizing Superheroes for Urban Revitalization

Mobilizing Superheroes for Urban Revitalization
I published this as an introductory book on the Internet in 2004 outlining these familiar issues problematic to revitalization in the urban core. My original focus concerned observations made from academics—That is, that good schools (K – 12, vocational training, and college) help stabilize communities but they are not enough. Revitalization also needs supporting participation from small group leaders in cities and development.
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