University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Research

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) has both a national and a Wisconsin presence. Among our Wisconsin-focused efforts are:

  • a long history of research for the Bureau of Child Support in the Department of Children and Families;
  • an integrated data system harmonizing administrative data from five state agencies;
  • the DreamUp Wisconsin project that identifies and implements policies to raise net income by 10 percent for 10,000 Dane County middle-class households; and
  • the Wisconsin Poverty Project, which produces an annual assessment of poverty throughout Wisconsin.

IRP also has cooperative research agreements with several Wisconsin state agencies, and IRP Affiliates are involved in a broad array of state and local evaluations and technical assistance efforts.

In addition to linking to key Wisconsin projects, this page contains links to all of IRP’s Wisconsin-focused products and to other resources on poverty in Wisconsin.

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Work with State and Local Agencies

Wisconsin Poverty Research

Wisconsin Poverty Report Update: Why isn’t the Economy Doing More to Reduce Poverty in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Treading Water in 2017

Rental Housing Affordability in Dane County

Reducing high infant mortality rates in the United States

Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis

Strategies for Involving and Engaging Fathers in Programming

The Unique Contributions of Fathers to their Children’s Development

Reducing pregnancy-Related maternal deaths in the United States

Pay-to-Stay Jail Fees in Wisconsin

Beth Vaade, Kerry Lawton, and Eric Grodsky on Research-Practice Partnerships in Education

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Progress Against Poverty Stalls in 2016

Estimating the Cost of Children: Theoretical Considerations Related to Transitions to Adulthood and the Valuation of Parental Time for Developing Child Support Guidelines

Refugees and the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement System

The Families Forward Program Final Evaluation Report

Work-exempt TANF participants

The Stability of Child Support Orders

The Compliance of New Wisconsin Child Support Orders with the Wisconsin Guideline: Pre- and Post-2004 with the Wisconsin Guideline: Pre- and Post-2004

Interactions of the Child Support and Child Welfare Systems: Child Support Enforcement after Family Reunification

An Intelligent Consumer’s Guide to Poverty Measurement

Interactions of the Child Support and Child Welfare Systems: Child Support Referral for Families Served by the Child Welfare System, Final Report

Improving Medical Support Order Enforcement in Wisconsin

Child Support Referrals for Out-of-Home Placements: A Review of Policy and Practice

Children’s Placement Arrangements in Divorce and Paternity Cases in Wisconsin

How Did the 2004 Change in Wisconsin’s Guidelines Affect Child Support Payments?

The Role of Child Support in the Current Economic Safety Net for Low-Income Families with Children

Rural Development after the Great Recession

The Use of Child Support Guidelines in Wisconsin: 1996 to 2007

Wisconsin’s 2004 Shared-Physical-Placement Guidelines: Their Use and Implications in Divorce Cases

A Decade of Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment in Wisconsin: 1997–2007

The Use of Civil Contempt and Criminal Nonsupport as Child Support Enforcement Tools: A Report on Local Perspectives and the Availability of Data

Wisconsin Poverty Report: How a State-Level Alternative Poverty Measure Can Be Used to Advance Poverty Measurement and Policy

Child Support Enforcement Use of Contempt and Criminal Nonsupport Charges in Wisconsin

Holding Child Support Orders of Incarcerated Payers in Abeyance: Final Evaluation Report

The Regularity of Child Support and Its Contribution to the Regularity of Income

“I’m Not Supporting His Kids”: Noncustodial Fathers’ Contributions When Mothers Have Children with New Partners

Factors Associated with Nonpayment of Child Support

Alternative Approaches to Child Support Policy in the Context of Multiple-Partner Fertility

Economic Well-Being of Divorced Mothers with Varying Child Placement Arrangements in Wisconsin: Contributions of Child Support and Other Income Sources

Access to Justice for Low-Income Litigants in Civil Cases

Promise Neighborhoods as Education Reform: A Social Frontier

Child Support in a Recession: A Report on Interviews with Child Support Staff and Court Commissioners in Five Counties

Reducing Income Inequality in Educational Attainment: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Financial Aid on College Completion

Eligibility for Child Care Subsidies of Parents with Child Support Income

Child Support in an Economic Downturn: Changes in Earnings, Child Support Orders, and Payments

Child Support Income and Copayments in the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

The rise and fall of poverty as a policy issue

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Technical Appendix-2008

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Technical Appendix-2009

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Methodology and Results for 2009

Wisconsin Poverty Report: How the Safety Net Protected Families from Poverty in 2010

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Policy Context, Methodology, and Results for 2010

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Is the Safety Net Still Protecting Families from Poverty in 2011?

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Jobs Recover to Help Reduce Poverty in 2012

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Poverty Rises in 2013 Despite Growth in Jobs

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Poverty Levels Flat on Average but More Diverse within State in 2014

Wisconsin Poverty Report: The Recovery from the Great Recession Lowers Poverty Rates in 2015

Need-Based Financial Aid and College Persistence: Experimental Evidence from Wisconsin (Revised title and paper from July 2011 version)

The First Wisconsin Poverty Report

Wisconsin Poverty Report: New Measure, Broader View

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Methodology and Results for 2008

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Were Antipoverty Policies Effective in 2009?

Housing Voucher Receipt and the Quality of Schools Available to Recipient Children

Food Insecurity and Food Assistance Programs

Wisconsin Poverty 101 Updated

Wisconsin Poverty 101

The Academic Achievement of Children in Foster Care

The Wisconsin Poverty Report and How We Think about Measuring Poverty

Spatial measurement of child poverty in the United States

The effects of the 2009 ARRA on poverty in Wisconsin

Does Foster Care Lower School Achievement?

Other Wisconsin Resources