Work Requirements Sound Good, but the Evidence Just Doesn't Support Them

Research shows work requirements don’t promote increased work and earnings; in fact, they impose other harms.

How Can Community Colleges Use Data to Better Support Latinx English Learners?

Latinx English learners are a diverse group, but they share a struggle that can be alleviated through specialized support inside and outside the classroom.

The USDA’s Change to the Thrifty Food Plan Will Close the Gap between SNAP Benefits and Meal Costs for People Living in Most US Counties

Starting in October, the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) will be permanently increased by 21 percent to help families better afford foods that improve their health and well-being.

How Federal and State Leaders Can Reach Immigrants and Build Their Trust in the Safety Net

Federal and state policymakers can work to ensure worries based on immigration status do not deter immigrant families from seeking help for which they qualify.

Three Ways Gatekeepers Can Further Racial Equity Awareness in Research

All kinds of gatekeepers—from journal editors and peer reviewers to government agencies and funders—can help build a system that treats researchers and participants and communities more equitably.

Food Insecurity Has Improved since 2020, but the Work Isn't Done Yet

Data show SNAP does not cover the cost of a low-income meal in 96 percent of US counties.

Eight Lessons to Break the Poverty Cycle in Communities, Two Generations at a Time

Where someone grows up and their race or ethnicity affect their economic opportunities and outcomes over the rest of their lives. This makes it more difficult for children in families with low incomes to achieve economic stability in adulthood.

The COVID-19 Pandemic May Have Changed College Career and Technical Education for Good

Before the pandemic community colleges had been increasingly embracing distance education because of its flexibility and accessibility. New research shows the pandemic may have accelerated this trend.

The American Families Plan Comes with a Modest Price Tag for Paid Leave but a Large Impact for Workers

Initial estimates from the administration suggest its proposal for paid leave will cost about $225 billion over 10 years. This is much lower than previous estimates of the FAMILY Act.