Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is focused on providing rapid response data and analysis to community stakeholders and policymakers who want to enhance economic mobility and decrease poverty.

Throughout 2019, we will bring together a steering committee to create a best practices roadmap to help other universities design and implement partnership programs similar to their own.

On May 8, 2019, we hosted the Midwest Mobility from Poverty Convening, bringing together universities and partners from across the Midwest to learn effective strategies from universities’ existing partnerships and explore how to expand their work.

This project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is part of a nearly $2 million effort supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and connect established university centers to build on successful models of action-based research and engagement.

The Network steering committee includes Poverty Solutions along with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Chicago Poverty Lab at Urban Labs, and the Kirwan Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.

“We know that increasing mobility from poverty in the U.S. requires action-based partnerships across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, government and universities,” said H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and associate professor at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. “We’ve begun to see the promise this approach holds here in Michigan and in Detroit, as well as in other regions with the great work of our partners. Through this expansion, we hope it can be applied to other places to increase mobility from poverty.”

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network offers Communications Technical Assistance for network members to request communications advice or concrete strategy recommendations. Support may take the form of a 30-minute consulting phone call to map out target audiences and make recommendations on a communications approach, to providing a more robust plan and direct assistance with templates and media contacts. Examples may include:

  • Providing a curated media list of national and regional reporters covering poverty-related issues, tailored to the specific issue area desired
  • Advice on when to make it public and how to avoid unintended consequences when publicizing research data
  • Translation tools and templates for policy papers and research briefs
  • Media consultation for reports and assistance developing a dissemination package
  • Assistance with data or story mapping

Network members are invited to fill out this form to get started. Interested in connecting with the Network? Contact Kate Naranjo at knaranjo@umich.edu.

Poverty Solutions organizes a twice yearly call for interested communications leads to connect on learned practices and to identify areas of collaboration to strengthen our impact. Those interested in joining can contact Kristen Kerecman at kristker@umich.edu.

For more information, contact strategic project manager Kate Naranjo.