About Us

What We Do

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis provides credible, independent and accessible information and analyses of fiscal and economic issues with particular attention to the impacts on low- and moderate-income persons.

Our products inform fiscal and budget policy debates and contribute to sound decisions that improve the well-being of individuals, communities and Virginia as a whole.

Our Mission

To use policy research and analysis to advance the well-being of Virginia communities, and improve the economic security and social opportunities of all Virginians.

Our Values

Independence: The Commonwealth Institute provides fact-based, nonpartisan analyses of fiscal and economic policies and their implications for all Virginians, especially low- and middle-income residents.

Fairness and Equity: The Commonwealth Institute’s work is grounded in the fundamental belief that government should work to improve the lives of the people it serves. We maintain a deep commitment to ensuring that public policies and programs effectively respond to the needs and interests of lower-income individuals, families and communities throughout Virginia.

Integrity: The Commonwealth Institute conducts its work with the highest level of intellectual honesty, accuracy and objectivity in order to effectively inform fiscal, economic and other public policies.

Empowerment: The Commonwealth Institute provides accessible, useable and timely information on  fiscal, economic and related public policies in order to expand civic engagement in policy debates.