Urban Labs Poverty Lab

The Poverty Lab partners with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce poverty and create pathways to social mobility.

Building Evidence and Making a Quantifiable Difference

Cities fuel remarkable economic and cultural opportunity. At the same time, decades of disinvestment and discrimination create real barriers for young people growing up in many of our neighborhoods. Many in government and the nonprofit sector are working to tackle these challenges, yet there is too little evidence about what can truly break the link between what neighborhood you grow up in and what opportunities are available to you.

The Poverty Lab brings the power of rigorous research to strategic partnerships with government agencies and nonprofits, providing new evidence on how to level the playing field and create opportunity for all. We work with our partners to support strong job training programs, connect low-income families to stable housing, promote greater financial security through cash transfers, and help first-generation students succeed in college. Using government data in novel ways and linking data across domains, we also help cities harness their own data resources to inform policy and improve human lives at scale.

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Poverty Lab staff partner with civic and community leaders to generate evidence on what works to reduce poverty and create paths to economic opportunity.

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