CNK’s COVID-19 Equity Research Initiative initially started as a pro bono effort in response to the pandemic crisis. The Initiative’s early efforts have empirically and quantitatively examined the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on people and neighborhoods. Newer efforts focus on research to inform a just recovery.

The analyses are anchored in our conceptual and theoretical model of the web of institutionalized inequality. The Initiative explicitly focuses on systematic and systemic racial and class inequalities. The goal is to develop insights that will be used to develop a just and fair recovery. The research draws on multiple data sources (census, surveys, administrative records, “big data”, etc.). One of the Initiative’s objectives is to produce timely research briefs, publicly accessible data and mapping tools, to inform public discussion on critical policy issues.