University of Wisconsin–Madison

National Poverty Research Center

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is currently engaged in a five-year (2016-2021), $9.5 million cooperative agreement with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve as the sole federally funded National Poverty Research Center in the United States.

ASPE is the principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS on development of policy and legislation, strategic planning, policy research and evaluation, and economic analysis.

In this role, IRP executes an integrated program of research, training, and dissemination to inform policy and practice. Our approach is designed to effectively build and apply research evidence on key policy questions and develop a broad and diverse cadre of poverty policy researchers.

ASPE supports a range of IRP initiatives, including the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers, Annual Poverty Research and Policy Forum, Extramural Small Research Grant Competitions, Graduate Research Fellows Program, IRP Summer Research Workshop, Focus, Fast Focus, and Poverty Fact Sheets.

IRP integrates its National Poverty Research Center efforts with its ongoing research, training, and dissemination activities that are funded by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, private foundations, and state and federal agencies.