Center for Social Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

For the Media

Resources for Journalists

Center for Social Policy Overview

Fact Sheet: Reshaping Poverty Policy for and with Families and Communities (rev. 7/15)

Sponsors and Partners in Research and Evaluation
includes list of philanthropic foundations, government agencies, nonprofits, community and university partners.

Center Description

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, evaluators, and policy analysts make critical assessments of low-wage jobs, barriers to housing affordability, unequal distribution of resources, 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.


Content Experts

Financial Advancement

Susan R. Crandall, PhD, Director, Center for Social Policy
Clinical Professor, Public Policy and Public Affairs Telephone:617.287.5565;

Françoise Carré, PhD, Research Director
Telephone: 617.287.5516; Email:

Financial Security

Donna Haig Friedman, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Policy

Financial Fairness and Equality 

Randy Albelda, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Policy
Professor, Economics Department
Telephone: 617.287.6963; Email: