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Lessons from abroad for an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic: Methodological note

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With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Urban Institute set out to study how innovative policies and programs from abroad could inform state and local efforts in the United States to build an inclusive recovery from COVID-19. This work began with two analyses: a demand analysis to identify the priorities of top state and local policymakers for an inclusive recovery and a comparative analysis to identify countries that could provide the best opportunities to find relevant examples. This methodological note describes the project’s underlying rationale and the project’s approach and methodology for the demand analysis, the comparative analysis, and the five policy research briefs. On the basis of findings from these analyses, the Urban research team identified five topical areas that would be the focus of policy briefs, surfacing policy insights from other countries. The five policy domains are child care, broadband access, local economic development, parks and public space, and housing stability and affordability. By sharing this note, we aim to clarify the methods we used and offer a replicable model for future comparative international policy analysis. (author abstract)

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United States; Australia; Germany; Switzerland; Spain; Sweden; Canada; Austria; Finland; Belgium; Denmark; Japan; South Korea; Norway; Netherlands; South Africa; United Kingdom; Iceland; Argentina; Brazil; Czechia; Mexico; Italy; Estonia; India; Indonesia; Latvia; Peru; Colombia; Lithuania; France; Poland; Chile; Luxembourg; Slovenia; Romania; New Zealand; Israel; Mongolia; Malaysia; Portugal

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