Boosting Upward Mobility
Creating and assessing the conditions that can propel people out of poverty and narrow racial inequities in communities. Inspired to learn more?
Visit the sections below to learn more about the Urban Institute’s framework for boosting upward mobility, our research approach for identifying the metrics, and the evidence behind them.
Meeting Them Where They Are: How St. Lucie County Used Data Walks to Prioritize Community EngagementThe Urban Institute’s Boosting Upward Mobility cohort counties have adopted various methods, including convening advisory boards and conducting focus groups, to hear residents’ thoughts on what needs to change to help lift people out of poverty in their communities. In St. Lucie County, Florida, leaders opted for a community engaged research approach called a data walk. Nothing about Us without Us: Boosting Upward Mobility in Summit CountyElected officials tend to view poverty as a purely financial issue. Often, plans to address economic inequality start with goals like growing small businesses, raising the minimum wage, or creating more jobs. One Approach to Cocreating Sustainable Mobility from PovertyWhile developing the three-part definition of mobility from poverty, the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty found that when people have power and autonomy over their lives, they are better positioned to create the kind of change they envision for themselves and their community.