Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research

What We Do

Detroit Future City’s Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research (The Center) produces relevant and accessible research focused on advancing economic equity and an improved quality of life for all Detroiters. We pursue a vision wherein all Detroiters are meeting their unique needs, prospering, and fully and fairly participating in all aspects of economic life within a thriving city and region.

The Center produces timely reports and policy briefs on a range of subjects and will conduct commissioned research that supports our vision of economic equity. Our research is informed by engagement with a broad range of community stakeholders and developed through collaboration with national and local experts. Our goal is to help those stakeholders use substantiated data to inform actions and decision-making.

How To Engage:

Join our email list to stay up to date on The Center’s research, webinars, and engagement events throughout the year.

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Upcoming Events:


Economic Equity Innovation Series Events

The Economic Equity Innovation Series is a webinar series that builds on The Center’s research to inform and inspire action for policy change. Series webinars feature experts from DFC and other organizations and offer opportunities for lively dialogue. To learn more about the series, upcoming events and to access materials from past events, visit the series page.

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Keeping Your Family Home

Detroit Future City’s (DFC) report, “Keeping Your Family Home: Addressing the Challenges of Inherited Properties in Detroit,” is focused gain an understanding of the scale of heirs’ properties in Detroit and provide the critical data for stakeholders to develop solutions that can help Detroiters attain legal ownership of their inherited homes. Heirs’ properties are family-owned properties inherited through generations without formal legal proof of ownership. Lack of legal ownership threatens homeownership, generational wealth, and neighborhood and household stability.
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The Economic Equity Dashboard

The Economic Equity Dashboard brings to life the data from The State of Economic Equity in Detroit report so that our shared vision and our collective progress towards achieving economic equity can be widely understood and publicly tracked.
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Annual Equity Forum

The Annual Equity Forum brings the community together to learn about DFC’s work, hear from national experts, and work collaboratively to start designing a pathway towards creating an economically equitable city and region.
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Detroit Strategic Framework
Economic Equity Dashboard