at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Since its inception in 1992, the Center for Social Policy has provided expertise on policies and practices that aim to reduce or eliminate social and economic inequities. CSP researchers and policy analysts make critical assessments of low-wage jobs, barriers to housing affordability, and the impact of these patterns on families, communities, and society as a whole. With a commitment to excellence, equity, integrity, and participation, CSP looks closely at the root causes of poverty in order to inform fundamental changes in policy design and service delivery. The Center for Social Policy is the lead research partner for the On Solid Ground Coalition and operates the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition.

CSP’s Net Resources Simulator Tells Important Story
Our latest report, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Closer Look at Cliff Effects in Massachusetts", shows that universal free education and child care would substantially increase family net resources and alleviate cliff effects.