What We Do
- Promoting Multidisciplinary research on poverty and policy
- Mentoring and training the next generation of poverty researchers
- Informing the policy and research communities
Promoting multi-disciplinary research on poverty and policy
Our research efforts are designed to:
- Enhance our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty
- Be collaborative and cross-disciplinary in nature, encouraging interaction among researchers from different locations and different areas of expertise
- Address pressing policy questions at the federal and state levels
- Foster expertise and interest among younger scholars—the next generation of poverty researchers
Our specific research activities will include:
Coordinated research projects
The NPCs large, coordinated projects are designed to generate new research in areas of major intellectual and policy interest areas that have not been thoroughly studied by poverty researchers. These projects will involve leading scholars from multiple disciplines and locations.
Each year, we sponsor a national research funding competition around a specific topic with research and policy importance. Our priority is to fund younger scholars to conduct innovative research or research that incorporates innovative methodologies.
An annual research conference
Our annual research conference is designed to foster conversation among poverty researchers at different institutions who utilize different disciplinary and methodological approaches. Each conference will focus on a specific topic of significant policy relevance, involve policymakers as participants and speakers, and generate policy briefs and roundtables.