Upward Mobility Framework
Assessing and creating conditions that can propel people out of poverty and narrow racial inequities in communities. Inspired to learn more?
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.
Understanding Local Opportunities for Upward Mobility Requires Pairing Data with Community EngagementUrban’s Mobility Metrics can help local policymakers identify barriers to mobility from poverty in their communities and develop solutions. 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.