Center for American Progress Action

: Measuring Our Progress in Reducing U.S. Poverty
Past Event

Measuring Our Progress in Reducing U.S. Poverty

Challenges, Benchmarks, and Opportunities for Cross-Agency and Community Collaboration

10:00 - 11:30 AM EDT

To reach a goal of cutting poverty in half and moving more than 20 million individuals out of poverty and toward economic security, national and state-level agencies and organizations will have to work collaboratively and identify promising public policies that are inclusive of the most vulnerable sectors of society.

The anticipated release of newly collected poverty data in the fall of 2011 provides an opportunity for advocates, researchers, and policymakers to consider how statistical tools, such as the Supplemental Income Poverty Measure, can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of poverty alleviation efforts nationwide. In the process of developing shared antipoverty goals, key stakeholders must also consider the role of current policies and programs in alleviating poverty and strategize ways to target those living 200 percent below the poverty line as well as those in extreme poverty.

Join national experts as they discuss the challenges of developing poverty benchmarks and indicators for progress, how the new measure can be used in tandem with other statistics to assess shared goals, and how agencies and organizations can collaborate to effectively reduce poverty in the next decade.