URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Molly M. Scott
Expert

Molly M. Scott

Senior Research Associate

Our country’s demographic and fiscal realities are changing rapidly; and yet our policies and programs still largely reflect static assumptions about people and resources. In order to ensure the prosperity and well-being of future generations, we need to challenge these assumptions and explore new ways to creatively solve problems.

Biography

Molly Scott is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. For 16 years, Scott has studied Americans' experience of poverty and the effectiveness of programs and policies on the ground. In recent years, her work has focused on identifying the underlying structural issues that impede young people from completing their education, low-income adults from succeeding in the labor market, private-sector firms from adopting "good jobs strategies," and nonprofits and government agencies from designing and implementing approaches that achieve results. Scott has also collaborated with organizations to use people-centered design to develop new approaches to structural problems, put systems in place to pilot and test these approaches, and disseminate lessons learned to practitioners and policymakers.