Policy & Program Impact Evaluation

Economic Impact of Passenger Rail Improvements in the Richmond Region (2022)

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Estimates the potential economic impacts of planned infrastructure improvements and service enhancements at Richmond, Virginia's central passenger rail stations throughout the Richmond region (defined as the PlanRVA footprint). The report identifies the impacts of estimated changes in construction, operations, and visitor spending in the region.

Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Virginia's REVIVE! Program (2020)

Virginia Association of Cheifs of Police and Foundation | Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

This report presents a quantitative picture of drug overdose issues in Virginia and evaluates the REVIVE! for First Responder Training Program administered by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation (VACP) in terms of its role in reducing overdose deaths.

Benefit-Cost Analysis of Richmond's Teacher Residency (RTR) Program (2020)

VCU School of Education RTR Program

Evaluates and compares RTR and non-RTR prepared teachers in terms of the quality of the teachers and the costs associated with recruiting, hiring, and retaining them. This report presents a description of the schools served by these teachers and information about the preparedness and success of the teachers. The report presents the results of a cost-benefit analysis of RPS hiring an RTR teacher over a non-RTR teacher.

Assessing the Benefits of Distributed Solar in Virginia (2019)

Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA)

Evaluates the impacts of the potential purchase, installation, and maintenance of 2,500 MW of new distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity in Virginia. This report estimates its direct, indirect, and induced impacts to the Virginia’s economy, the potential impacts on consumer electricity rates, and the anticipated reduction in greenhouse gases and other air pollution emissions.

Shockoe_Bottom_Memorialization_Community_and_Economic_Impacts (2019)

Preservation Virginia
The purpose of this report is to understand the cultural and economic impacts of a commemorative memorial park, museum, and surrounding development in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, Virginia. Several public- interest organizations, including the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, spearheaded by Preservation Virginia, collaborated with the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis.

A Comprehensive Evaluation of Richmond's Rehabilitation Tax Abatement Program (2019)

City of Richmond Assessors' Office
This report is a comprehensive evaluation of the City of Richmond's Tax Abatement Program for Rehabilitated Buildings. The report uses quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the Role of the program in spurring rehabilitation investments and resulting fiscal impact to the city. Through survey and focus groups, the report explores possible modifications to the program to improve its intended outcome. 

Bon Secours/Redskins Economic Development Project – Economic and Fiscal Impact (2019)

Richmond Department of Economic Development
This report provides an economic and fiscal impact analysis of the economic activity related to the Washington Redskins Training Center and associated Bon Secours investments in the East End and Westhampton areas of Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia SWaM & DBE Certification Programs: Impact & Policy (2018)

Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
This report informs the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD) with an understanding of the SWaM and DBE programs' recent trends, participant impacts, and economic impacts. It also tests whether changes to the definition of "small business" might have benefits for Virginia businesses and the economy overall.



The Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credit in Virginia (2017) | Executive Summary

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
This report analyzes the comprehensive economic impact of Virginia's historic rehabilitation tax credits. The report updates and builds upon prior work, supplementing an economic impact analysis of rehabilitation spending with, for the first time in Virginia, analysis of post-rehabilitation spending - that is, the impacts of spending as a result of those fixed assets returning to use. This report also investigates tax credit impacts on property values, the return on investment, and the qualitative impacts - those intangible effects not captured in numbers.

Evaluation of the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program  (2016)

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Analysis of the impacts of the program on employment and real-estate values, the features of the program that work well and determination of how enterprise-zone performance can be enhanced.

The Impact of VCU on the Richmond Region  (2016)

VCU Office of the President
Synthesizes traditional economic impact indicators with community engagement and entrepreneurship indicators to create a holistic university impact picture.

The Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation – A Trilogy

Preservation Virginia
Supporters: Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation

  1. Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs in Virginia (2014)
    Documents the overall quantitative economic impact on both state and sub-state (regional) economies brought about by historic rehabilitation using federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, and provides a qualitative picture of the impact of historic rehabilitation on the revitalization of three communities — Roanoke, Winchester and Richmond — as revealed in focus groups with stakeholders.
  2. 30 Years of Impact: How the Main Street Program has Revitalized VA Communities (2015)
    Estimates the quantitative economic impact of the Virginia Main Street program, as well as its additional contribution to community development and quality of life in three communities – Culpeper, Harrisonburg, and South Boston.

  3. The Impact of Heritage Tourism on the Virginia Economy (2016) ‌ 
    Estimates the quantitative impact of heritage tourism on the state’s economy, and provides a qualitative picture of the role of heritage tourism in community development in Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia, and on the Eastern Shore.

City of Richmond Poverty Reduction Program: Evaluation Metrics (2015)

City of Richmond, Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services
Creates annual evaluation metrics to enable the City to track progress toward achieving the program’s goals and objectives.

Better Housing Coalition – Impacts of a Quarter Century of Community Revitalization Work (2015)

Better Housing Coalition
Documents BHC’s work in selected Richmond neighborhoods over the past 25 years, documenting the overall effort, the quantitative impacts of those efforts on property values and neighborhood quality of life indicators.

Capital Region Workforce Partnership: Secret Shopper Report (2014)

Capital Region Workforce Investment Board
Evaluates customer satisfaction and the perceived effectiveness of workforce services and recommends areas for improvement.

Understanding the Potential Effects of Proposed Extensions to GRTC’s Bus Lines (2013)

City of Richmond
Review of the literature on the regional economic impacts of rail and bus transit, calculation of quantitative economic impacts from GRTC bus extension and analysis of the results of focus groups conducted with employers along corridors where GRTC bus lines could be extended.