Research Report Boosting Upward Mobility: Exemplars
Mary Bogle, Martha Fedorowicz, Keith Fudge, Kriti Ramakrishnan, Laura Sullivan
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Although the challenge is daunting, programs and policies being implemented across the US have demonstrated success in supporting people’s upward mobility. Researchers examined six interventions that have been shown through rigorous evaluation to boost economic and social mobility. By exploring these programs, they aimed to better understand how successful interventions have increased economic success, power and autonomy, and being valued in community. They also examined how more proactive application of the mobility dimensions might help to scale what is successful about each exemplar across varied places and even to the level of systems reform.


This report was updated June 29, 2020, to incorporate information received after publication. On page 18, the number of children served annually by the Educare model is 3,800, not 2,700. The Educare model also serves adults, but we cite the number of children to match the data reported by the project site, Educare Central Maine. On page 27, 3,800 children are 0.1 percent of the nationwide target population of children under 5 in poverty, not 0.07 percent

Research Areas Education Health and health care Wealth and financial well-being Children and youth Social safety net Housing
Tags Employment Poverty Housing vouchers and mobility K-12 education Children's health and development Economic well-being Child welfare Maternal, child, and reproductive health Head Start and elementary education Job training Mobility Early childhood education Inequality and mobility Public and assisted housing
Policy Centers Research to Action Lab