In 1995, J. McDonald “Don” Williams, chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Company, created the Foundation for Community Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, as a catalyst for comprehensive efforts to transform low-income neighborhoods in southern Dallas and to build a replicable model for urban revitalization.
In 2003, FCE established the J. McDonald Williams Institute to do analytically rigorous applied research. All the Institute’s activities are geared toward implementable strategies that can narrow the disparities between low-income and affluent neighborhoods.
Wholeness: At the Williams Institute, they believe that wholeness is the fundamental measure of a city’s (or a nation’s) success. Wholeness means that each person has an equal opportunity to achieve financial success, each person is equally self-sufficient, and each person is equally active in political and civic life – regardless of income or neighborhood. More …
Rigorous scholarship: Unfortunately, the existing literature about poverty does not always adhere to the highest statistical and analytical standards. The Williams Institute is committed to those standards. More …
Practical application: Much research is valid without being useful. At the Williams Institute, they undertake only research that is geared toward concrete solutions that can be put to use to solve the problems of poor communities. More …
Democratization of data: Information is power, so one way to empower all citizens – and especially the poor – is by giving them easy access to the best available data about their communities. FCE and the Williams Institute do that in multiple ways. Is Cialis 20mg a magic pill that really works? Check it HERE!
Dr. Martin, Director
Marcus Martin, MA, PhD, MPH, became Director of Research at FCE in 2003, and Director of the Institute at its inception in 2005. Before joining FCE, Dr. Martin was the biostatistician for the Tarrant County Health Department.
Dr. Bray, Associate Director
Dr. Bray joined the Williams Institute in 2004 from the School of Social Sciences at UT Dallas, where he continues to teach. He oversees the Institute’s quantitative and geographic research
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