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US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

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With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Urban Institute is in the earliest phases of supporting the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. Chaired by David Ellwood and consisting of 24 leading voices on these issues, the partnership is a new collaborative aimed at discovering permanent ladders of mobility for the poor.

The partnership will identify breakthrough solutions that can be put into action by philanthropy, practitioners, and the public and private sectors.  The initiative will also be a resource for the field: all its work will be public, sharing insights and ideas with those poised for action.  Partnership members will consult widely, seeking out diverse voices and expertise as they examine the causes of persistent poverty and stagnant mobility.  Members will learn from communities and families living in poverty, from the nation’s leading service providers and advocates for the poor, from a wide network of experts, and from the latest research findings.  The partnership's approach will be geographically agnostic and politically nonpartisan; its findings will be transparent and available to all.

Biographies of Partnership Members

Nisha Patel Set to Lead New Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Share Your Ideas

Ideas and Programs that Matter - The partnership is eager to gather information on proven and promising ideas for boosting mobility from poverty in the United States. Please share ideas, real-world models, and evidence that you think the partnership should consider.

Use the online form at the bottom of the page to submit your ideas:

  • Idea or program that can increase mobility from poverty in the United States
  • What makes this idea promising? Please link to or upload any relevant research.
  • Any examples where this idea or program is being or has been implemented in order to boost mobility from poverty? If so, please provide information on the model, including web links where appropriate.
  • Has this idea or program been evaluated? If so, what did the evaluation find? Please link to or upload any relevant evaluations.


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