Measuring Our Progress in Reducing U.S. Poverty


Measuring Our Progress in Reducing U.S. Poverty: Challenges, Benchmarks, and Opportunities for Cross-Agency and Community Collaboration


To reach a goal of cutting poverty in half and moving over 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 nation-wide. In the process of developing shared anti-poverty 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.

Date: March 29, 2011

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Location: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

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Welcoming remarks:
C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner

Melissa Boteach, Manager, Half in Ten Campaign

Keynote Speaker:

Representative Jim McDermott, MD (D-WA)

Featured Panelists:

Mark Greenberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mark Levitan, PhD, Director of Poverty Research, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity

Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

Margaret Simms, PhD, Director of the Low-Income Working Families Project, Urban Institute

Moderated by:

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights