U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC)

CPC Partners | Thematic Networks | Activities | Annual Poverty Research and Policy Forum

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) coordinates a formal network of poverty centers, the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC), which combines resources to create a sustainable, nationwide infrastructure that facilitates the exchange of applied poverty-policy research and findings among researchers, policymakers, and policy practitioners.

Given that no single center has the capacity to address the full range of issues related to U.S. poverty and inequality, the Collaborative is crucial for bringing together researchers and policy practitioners prepared to take on a diverse range of issues.

IRP coordinates the CPC in an integrated set of activities with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of public policies to reduce poverty and inequality and their impacts on the well-being of the American people. This makes the CPC central to IRP's approach as the National Poverty Research Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

CPC Partners

Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University
Center on Race and Wealth, Howard University
Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute, University of California, Irvine
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University
University of California, Davis, Center for Poverty Research
University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
West Coast Poverty Center, University of Washington

Thematic Networks

The CPC supports and guides five active networks comprising 10 poverty scholars and policy practitioners examining the following major research areas:

  • Poverty and Geography
  • Poverty and Family Functioning
  • Poverty, Employment, and Self-Sufficiency
  • Poverty and Transition to Adulthood
  • Poverty and Tax Policy

Each network has a diverse membership with a variety of disciplinary, methodological, and policy perspectives, which includes researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to assure that network activities address current policy issues and are responsive and informative.


Collaborative network members participate in about three meetings a year, including an Annual Poverty Research and Policy Forum (see below) in Washington, DC; actively engage in the intellectual community of the network; respond to requests for information and research updates; contribute to the design of small research grant proposal requests and reviews of applications; and consider participating in IRP's on-site "Learning Exchanges" for HHS.

Annual Poverty Research and Policy Forum

IRP convenes a major Annual Poverty Research and Policy Forum in Washington, DC, which brings together CPC members and some 150 other scholars and policy practitioners for presentations about new research, policy evaluations, and policy innovations related to poverty and inequality. The presentations translate and distill rigorous cutting-edge research for a wide audience of participants from diverse institutions and government agencies emphasizing implications for poverty policy.

This exchange of up-to-date information about practice, policy, and research findings provides insight into areas where further research is needed, which informs IRP's training and mentoring activities and is used to craft an annual call for small (seed) research grant proposals.

Each Forum includes a real-time briefing by a conference participant, made available online as well as on-site. IRP will also produce Fast Focus Research/Policy Briefs summarizing findings from the most relevant panels.