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Upward Mobility Initiative

Assessing and creating conditions that can propel people out of poverty and narrow racial inequities in communities. Inspired to learn more? 
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The Metrics and Tools

Learn more about the Urban Institute’s framework for increasing upward mobility and racial equity, access your community’s mobility metrics, and explore our planning guide for local action.

Our online workshop series is designed to support local leaders with resources, tools, and guidance to increase upward mobility and racial equity for people and communities. Participants will learn about the core principles of the Upward Mobility Framework and how to apply it in their communities to close equity gaps and foster economic success, dignity and belonging, and power and autonomy for all. Explore upcoming trainings.
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Latest Blog Posts
  • Networking Seminar Meet Up
    Driving Economic Mobility
    Community foundations can play multiple roles, such as funder, convener, champion, or partner, to promote upward mobility in their communities. They support systemic change efforts to disrupt barriers that limit individuals and families from reaching their full potential.
  • Framework
    Why Dignity Matters to Upward Mobility
    The Urban Institute’s Upward Mobility Framework, which provides data and tools for community stakeholders to develop and advance policies and programs that increase upward mobility and racial equity, has adopted the US Partnership’s three-part definition of mobility.
  • Street Food Festival
    Building and Sharing Knowledge to Advance Economic Success, Power, and Dignity
    This week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced substantial new investments to advance economic mobility and opportunity in the United States. The Urban Institute is proud to be among the foundation’s anchor partners, building and sharing knowledge changemakers need to accelerate solutions that increase upward mobility and promote equity. 
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About the Project
Urban is measuring and building evidence on the key community conditions that have the potential to increase upward mobility and curb racial inequities.
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