As the National Poverty Research Center, the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) coordinates a formal network of university-based poverty centers known as the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC).
The CPC was created because no single institution has the capacity to address the full range of issues related to U.S. poverty and inequality. With IRP as the hub, the collaborative leverages the partner centers’ joint resources to facilitate a sustainable, nationwide infrastructure of poverty researchers studying a diverse range of policy-relevant issues.
The CPC’s goals are to improve links between the policy and research communities to inform public policies that reduce poverty and inequality and their effects in the United States; to facilitate and support poverty-related research; and to widely disseminate research findings.
The CPC members help to coordinate IRP’s thematic Research Networks of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners.