Achievements & Impacts
In 2015, we proudly marked 23 years of meaningful impact and change through its applied research on poverty solutions.
Examples of notable accomplishments
Center for Social Policy team members represented four papers at the Allied Social Science Association/American Economic Association and Labor and Employment Relations Association annual meetings, January 3-5 in Boston:
"The Changing Structure of White Collar Employment: A Review of Recent Trends", by Françoise Carré
"Economic Development in the Massachusetts Life Sciences Cluster: Shared Prosperity or a Big Tradeoff?", by Brandynn Holgate
"Exploring the Relationship of Employment Benefits to the Financial Burden and Health Outcomes of Certain Blood Cancer Patients", by Randy Albelda,Diana Salas Coronado, and Lyden Marcellot, along with co-author Dr. Greg Abel (Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School)
“The Effect of Paid Family Leave on Employment and Earnings Volatility: Evidence from California,” by Michael Carr.
Françoise Carré authores paper "(In)dependent Contractor Misclassification” for the Economic Policy Institute and receives extensive press coverage.
The Center for Social Policy presented nine different projects at UMASS Boston’s Annual Community Partnership Symposium. Six of the Center’s community partners attended the event: Homes for Families, Millennium Ten, Mattapan United, and New Lease for Homeless Families, Thrive in 5, and the Youth Hub.
At the request of Congressman James McGovern, the Massachusetts Association of Community Action Programs, MASSCAP, is convening a standing statewide task force for the purpose of generating and mobilizing support for viable solutions to poverty in the state. Susan R. Crandall and Donna Haig Friedman, the Center's Senior Fellow, are representing the Center for Social Policy, as invited participants on this Task Force on poverty.
- Arthur MacEwan is named as interim director of the Center.
- Research Assistant Julia Tripp organized the World AIDS Day event held on November 29 at the Codman Square Library.
- Donna Haig Friedman was quoted in the November 26 Boston Globe discussing solutions to family homelessness.
- Friedman presented "Imaging 'Shame-proof' Social Policies" at the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management on November 18.
- On November 10, CSP, the Massachusetts Association for Community Action, and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University co-sponsored a symposium at the JFK Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Researchers at the Center for Social Policy have created eight one-page fact sheets on poverty in the Massachusetts using the recently released five-year sample of the American Community Survey.
- A group from CSP, Emerging Leaders, and its partners at the Fourth World Movement, spoke at the October 17 World Day for the Eradication of Poverty event at the United Nations.
- Françoise Carré, CSP research director, provided consultation on the UN 2015 Human Development Report.
- Center for Social Policy received funding from the Oak Foundation for the Family Stability White Paper Project.
- Funded by a Health Impact Project grant, CSP is reviewing the current Living Wage Ordinance’s health impact on Boston residents and examining the health consequences of a proposed expansion of the law. The Boston Public Health Commission is partnering with CSP on the evaluation.
- Robert Walker, a senior scholar at Oxford University, was the keynote speaker at the “Shame and Poverty Conference” sponsored by the Center for Social Policy; he expanded on the usual poverty indicators and focused on how poverty and poverty policies are felt by those experiencing it.
- On April 23, URBAN.Boston and CSP co-hosted a Stand Against Racism panel discussion drawing over seventy researchers, faculty members, students, and community members from across the Boston area.
- President Obama has appointed CSP Visiting Fellow Douglas M. Brooks as the new director of the White House Office of National AIDS policy.
- Senior Research Fellow Randy Albelda and Michael Carr co-authored “Double Trouble: U.S. Low-wage and Low-income Workers, 1979-2011” which was published in the academic journal Feminist Economics and received coverage from CNN Money, CBS MoneyWatch, and Cincinnati Enquirer.
- CSP constituent advisers produced a video to inform the United Nations's global development agenda about inequality and extreme poverty. “In Their Own Words,” portrays Maryann Broxton, Palma McLaughlin, Sunni Ali, and Julia Tripp speaking about their personal experiences with shame and poverty.
- More than 250 housing advocates, government officials, academics, and others attend “Looking Forward to the Journey’s End: 30 Years of Family Homelessness in Massachusetts” conference hosted by the Center for Social Policy and Homes for Families. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the Massachusetts public shelter system and initiates action for ending homeless permanently in the Commonwealth.
- In partnership with the ATD Fourth World Movement, CSP hosts a Merging Knowledge Forum on “Working Together for a World without Discrimination,” bringing together diverse voices and viewpoints to focus on discrimination faced by those in poverty and to propose pathways out of such exclusion. A delegation of CSP Constituent Advisors delivered the resulting grass-roots message to the United Nations on its International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
- By invitation, Donna Haig Friedman speaks at the UN conference, “Knowledge from Experience: Building the Post-2015 Development Agenda with People Living in Extreme Poverty” about the value of including people living in deep poverty as research partners. Friedman and her ATD International Fourth World Movement colleagues presented findings from their research evaluating the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
- Helen Levine prepares report, Managing Up: Managing Diversity in Challenging Times, the third Benchmarks Diversity Survey report for Commonwealth Compact analyzing employment data from more than 100 Massachusetts employers.
- Senior Fellow Randy Albelda testifies in support of raising the minimum wage. Read her testimony.
- CSP Research Director Françoise Carré and her co-authors win the British Sociological Association's SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence for their research on the key role of institutions in large food retailers in France and the USA.
- Donna Haig Friedman speaks to policymakers on child homelessness at the 4th Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar at the Massachusetts State House.
- The Center for Social Policy co-sponsors the conference, “Breaking the Silence of Extreme Poverty” hosting post-Katrina survivors reading excerpts from their book, Not Meant to Live Like This: Weathering the Storm of Our Lives in New Orleans.
- Donna Haig Friedman and Julia Tripp deliver the keynote address at the Atlanta conference, “Not Meant to Live Like This," a day-long dialogue on disaster relief and renewal in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
- The Center for Social Policy, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute release commissioned report for Eos Foundation to inform their anti-hunger initiatives.
- Françoise Carré presents recent findings on the Alternative Staffing Demonstration at the annual conference of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
- CSP wins multi-year grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to evaluate grantmaking on growing up healthy and its other priority areas
- Keith Gunnar Bentele publishes “Evaluating the Performance of the US Social Safety Net in The Great Recession"
- Tim H. Davis and Terry Saunders Lane co-author “Rapid Re-Housing of Families Experiencing Homelessness in Massachusetts: Maintaining Housing Stability”
- Randy Albelda and Michael Carr co-author “Low-Wage and Low-Income Workers in the U.S., 1979-2009,” which explores changes by gender and family status
- Chris Warhurst, Françoise Carré, Patricia Findlay, and Chris Tilly publish Are Bad Jobs Inevitable?: Trends, Determinants and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century, an edited collection of cutting edge research on contemporary topics on the study of labor and job quality
- CSP initiates “Merging Knowledge” dialogues with Fourth World Movement staff to facilitate mutual learning among poverty experts and constituents
- CSP releases national report, Finding the Right Fit: How Alternative Staffing Affects Workers Outcomes, highlighting innovative methods for nontraditional job seekers
- Arthur MacEwan co-authors with John A. Miller, Economic Collapse, Economic Change: Getting to the Roots of the Crisis
- Randy Albelda creates eight one-page fact sheets on poverty in the Massachusetts
- Randy Albelda provides expert testimony for the Massachusetts State Legislature, "An Act to Invest in Our Communities"
- Françoise Carré presents “Explaining variation in the quality of retail jobs” at the Labor and Employment Relations Association Annual Meeting
- CSP receives a five year grant award ($500,000 total) to serve as the strategic evaluator and analytical partner for the Boston Foundation's Fairmont Corridor Initiative
- Department of Elementary and Secondary Education changes adult basic education assessment and screening practices/tools based on center recommendations on distance learning
- The Massachusetts House and Senate pass foreclosure-protection legislation based on center-facilitated dialogues
- Randy Albelda participates in the Equal Pay Research Summit hosted by the Women's Economic Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor and National Council for Research on Women conference, "Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future"
- Françoise Carré presents "Short hours, long hours, flexible hours: Hours levels and hours adjustments in the retail industry in the United States, Canada, and Mexico" at the W.E. Upjohn Institute conference, "Labor Markets in Recession and Recovery"
- CSP partners with the Boston Foundation to evaluate community development, housing, and family services in Boston’s Fairmount Corridor
- Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry examines workforce needs and the importance of immigrants in the pipeline
- Collaboration with Crittenton Women's Union, Fits and Starts: The Different Path for Single Working Parents, documents how existing policies inadvertently create hurdles to employment and career advancement for low-income families
- Bridging the Gaps: A Picture of How Work Supports in Ten States, a collaboration with the Center for Economic Policy Research, demonstrates the importance of both earnings and public work supports for low-income working families
- Convenes conference at JFK Library, “Looking Back and Looking Forward: Policy Visions from the New Deal”, funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
- Provides technical assistance to homeless service planners in eight states which leads to data for HUD's Annual Homelessness Report to Congress
- Groundbreaking study, Surviving Against the Odds, illustrates how welfare, housing, and homelessness policies intersect in the lives of homeless families
- In Harm's Way, was the first study examining domestic violence among AFDC recipients in the context of the 1996 Massachusetts welfare reforms
- Families at Risk Project offers recommendations on re-designing the state's family shelter system
- CSP pioneers the use of advanced technology in collecting and generating data to inform homelessness planning and service delivery