University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty and the Developing Brain “The brain is not destiny. And if a child’s brain can be changed, then anything is possible. ” —Kimberly Noble

2019 DreamUp Wisconsin Challenge

“DreamUp is a shining example of the Wisconsin Idea in action—a true university-community partnership to improve the well-being of Wisconsin residents, with high potential to produce innovative initiatives that could be implemented in other places around the country,” says UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “I was pleased to see so many first-class proposals submitted in partnership between community organizations and UW employees. Choosing among these proposals was a daunting task, as so many held promise to substantially benefit our community. But I believe we have selected three proposals that address serious problems in very different domains and that have a high probability of success if implemented in the community.”

National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)

Maria Cancian
Maria Cancian
Daniel R. Meyer
Daniel R. Meyer


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National Poverty Research Center Highlights

U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers

As the National Poverty Research Center, the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) coordinates a formal network of poverty centers called the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC).