2021 Annual Report

Defining Challenges,

Providing Solutions

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The last two years have demonstrated how a constantly shifting environment can dramatically affect the decisions that leaders make, in both government and the private sector.

At Brookings, we take defining the problem and understanding the policy environment as a starting point for solutions that both address urgent needs and anticipate future conditions. In an often-turbulent world, Brookings stands—as we have for more than a century—as a leading source of research and analysis of the issues facing society. Hard problems aren’t reason to abandon hope, but it is essential to channel hope toward meaningful progress. Even when challenges seem most difficult—whether it’s the lingering pandemic, growing economic inequality, racial disparities, or a global climate crisis—Brookings offers real solutions rooted in evidence and data, improving lives and livelihoods every step of the way.