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Social Work: Policy

This guide provides descriptions of commonly used library resources for practice, research, and scholarship in the field of Social Work.
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Center for Poverty Research (link:

The University of Kentucky's Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center established in 2002.The Center’s research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty, inequality, and food insecurity in the United States.

Institute for Research in Poverty (link:

IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. As one of three Area Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in the Midwest.

MDRC (link:

Founded in 1974 as the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, the MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates.

National Center for Children in Poverty (link:

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation. We promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice (link:

The mission of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice is to advance the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities across the country.

Poverty Solutions (link:

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan informs and tests innovative solutions for the prevention and alleviation of poverty. It seeks to leverage the immense intellectual assets and academic scope of the university to make a major impact on the lives of millions of Americans.

Social Watch (link:

Social Watch is an international network of citizens’ organizations in the struggle to eradicate poverty and the causes of poverty, to end all forms of discrimination and racism, to ensure an equitable distribution of wealth and the realization of human rights. We are committed to peace, social, economic, environment and gender justice, and we emphasize the right of all people not to be poor.

West Coast Poverty Center (link:

The West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington works to bridge the gaps between anti-poverty research, practice, and policy by connecting scholars, policymakers and practitioners facilitating important social policy research, magnifying the reach of new knowledge, and fostering the next generation of anti-poverty scholars. 

Other (Global, Non-profit, Corporate)
Other (Global, Non-profit, Corporate)


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