APA National Resources: Applied Research Resources 2023

A variety of resources are accessible to APA National members via APA National’s Knowledge Center. These resources cover contemporary planning issues and can enhance the overall knowledge base of APA members as well as the individuals and organizations we collaborate with.

APA National’s applied research program sponsors projects related to contemporary challenges associated with community growth and change. The program draws on the expertise of the APA’s in house research staff, APA members, and partner organizations to identify, evaluate, and disseminate solutions to these challenges. The program’s National Centers for Planning include several entities oriented around specific planning issues. These entities include the Hazards Planning Center that focuses on research supporting hazard mitigation, post-disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation. Program staff also support the research needs of APA National’s programs such as the Sustaining Places Initiative and Water & Planning Network. Resource materials resulting from these projects are available to members via APA National’s Applied Research Portal. These materials include best practice guidance manuals, project reports, and webinars.

New APA supported projects that chapter members may be interested in include:

  • Solar@Scale. APA has partnered with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on Solar@Scale, a new U.S. Department of Energy-funded project to help cities, counties, and special districts take advantage of opportunities to site solar projects on public lands. It will help planners and local officials update plans, zoning regulations, development review procedures, and assistance programs to make context-sensitive large-scale solar development on private sites easier.
  • Disaster Recovery Guide for Planning Practitioners. APA and Texas A&M University's Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center are developing a planner's guide for post-disaster recovery. This guide will focus on the initial and intermediate recovery phases where planners can bring their expertise to bear on critical post-disaster issues.
  • Planning for State Resilience: A 50-State Breakdown. With support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, APA has analyzed resilience governance approaches across all 50 states.

The applied research program is interested in collaborating with organizations with similar or complementary research interests. Collaboration with the applied research program presents opportunities for research findings to reach the APA’s diverse membership body. Interested individuals and organizations can reach the applied research program at research@planning.org.