Thought leadership

Opportunity Nation seeks to advance the field of opportunity and economic mobility research though the annual release of the Opportunity Index and in-depth analyses on issues such as youth unemployment, disconnected youth and civic engagement.

Our research efforts help build on the groundbreaking frame provided by the Opportunity Index and include new data and innovative solutions from across the nation. Unequal access to opportunity across our communities is a challenge created by a range of interconnected factors – there is no one, simple cause. As a result, our response as engaged citizens can be most effective when it includes smart actions driven by data.

The research and reports below are focused on the broad goal of expanding opportunity with actionable recommendations for all individuals and organizations to take part.

Explore the data below, understand what it means to “expand opportunity,” and be inspired by the examples of what’s working. Together we can close the opportunity gap in America.

The Opportunity Index

Metro-Level Opportunity Index

Historical Report of Opportunity

The Power of Civic Engagement

Zeroing in on Place and Race


Changing the odds for young people has never been more important