Research Report Changing the Narrative
Ai-jen Poo, Eldar Shafir
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The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty convened a narrative learning group to consider the ways that existing narratives influence public perceptions of people living in poverty and public policy designed to facilitate mobility from poverty. Members of the learning group and the diverse experts and leaders the learning group consulted discussed popular narratives about poverty and considered strategies to change these narratives. The ideas in this paper draw from the narrative learning group discussions. The learning group’s work made clear the need to replace dominant narratives about poverty with more accurate ones. By doing so, we can lay the groundwork for the type of change necessary to dramatically increase mobility from poverty.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Poverty Racial and ethnic disparities Mobility Inequality and mobility Racial barriers to accessing the safety net