The Research unit conducts research to improve the quality of life through basic and applied research. Current research foci are varied and reflect pressing urban issuesAdditionally, the division houses the U. S. Census Information Center (CIC) and serves as an urban issues repository and clearinghouse. Research publications and other materials are available for review on-site and may be copied.

The Contractual Services unit offers a broad range of evaluation, data collection and analysis services that can be tailored specifically for current and proposed projects.