The Social Policy Lab conducts applied policy research on social welfare programs and policies, with a strong focus on means-tested, human service, and income support policies. By applying a social equity framework and utilizing a variety of research methods, we investigate the implementation and outcomes of public programs and services designed to reduce family poverty and economic and social inequities. The underlying goal of our research projects is two-fold: 1) to identify what aspects of social welfare programs and policies work best for whom and under what circumstances, and 2) offer actionable recommendations to local, state, and national agencies – recommendations that aim to improve services and ultimately the lives of families struggling with poverty.

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