The Poverty Lab partners with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce poverty and create paths to economic opportunity.
Cities fuel remarkable economic and cultural opportunity, but can also amplify dire social problems such as unemployment, financial instability, and homelessness. Many cities are working to tackle these challenges, yet there is still too little evidence about what works, what is sustainable, and how to leverage scarce resources.
Our data-driven approach addresses this lack of evidence, to help ensure that every public and philanthropic dollar makes a quantifiable difference in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable.
The Poverty Lab brings together the power of big data and strategic partnerships with government agencies and nonprofits. We are working with cities and foundations to strengthen workforce development efforts for the long-term unemployed and help connect low-income parents to resources that can benefit their children. Using government data in novel ways and linking data across domains, we also seek to help cities harness their own data resources to better address pressing issues such as housing instability.
By focusing on quantifiable results, the Poverty Lab is working to inform policy and improve human lives.
The Poverty Lab is helping nonprofits use data to end homelessness faster.
The Education Lab and the Poverty Lab are working together to evaluate this long-term education and workforce-development program
The Crime Lab and the Poverty Lab are working together to evaluate a program that engages recently incarcerated youth in full-time work in playwriting and theatre
Poverty Lab staff partner with civic and community leaders to generate evidence on what works to reduce poverty and create paths to economic opportunity.
The Crime Lab partners with civic and community leaders to design, test, and scale promising programs and policies to reduce crime and violence. If you have any questions regarding our recent announcement with the Chicago Sports Alliance, please reach out to email@example.com. If you have a media inquiry, please reach out to Julia Quinn: firstname.lastname@example.org