The Department announced on September 25, 2007 a $750,000 cooperative agreement to support continued research and evaluation of important and emerging social policy issues associated with the nature, causes, correlates, and effects of income dynamics, poverty, individual and family functioning and child well-being. The grantee for 2007 is the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center.
On May 30, 2007, ASPE announced the availability of funds for a national poverty research center. The announcement continued ASPE's longstanding support of a national poverty research center. The national center along with the three area poverty research centers will continue to focus on issues of national, regional or state interest in order to further enhance the understanding of the nature, causes, correlates, and effects of poverty and programs and policies to ameliorate it.
ASPE continues its program of support for a national poverty center which will plan and conduct a broad program of policy research and mentoring of emerging scholars to describe and analyze national, regional and state environments (e.g., economics, demographics) and policies affecting the poor, particularly those families with children who are poor or at-risk of being poor. This research and evaluation program will focus on important and emerging social policy issues associated with the nature, causes, correlates, and effects of income dynamics, poverty, individual and family functioning and child well-being.
National Poverty Center
University of Michigan: National Poverty Center
Summary of Proposal
The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy has been ASPE's national poverty research center for the past 5 years. The new grant to the center will ensure a continuation of the center's commitment to meet the needs of ASPE and the broader poverty community by sponsoring research and conferences, mentoring and training the generation of poverty scholars. The center at University of Michigan will pursue a set of activities designed to meet the three primary functions of the Center — research, mentoring and dissemination, and ASPE research priorities through a well-articulated three-pronged strategy of: (1) major research projects; (2) seeding new projects and supplementing ongoing research; and (3) a series of conferences and workshops aimed at synthesizing the existing knowledge, shaping future research and policy agendas, and various forms of training and knowledge dissemination. The Center will be lead by co-directors, Rebecca Blank and Sheldon Danziger, and be located at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
For more information on the Center go to their website at: http://www.npc.umich.edu/
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