The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is a research center in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Through rigorous impact evaluations, LEO aims to identify the innovative, effective and scalable programs that help people move out of poverty. LEO’s research is conducted by faculty from the University of Notre Dame as well as scholars from across the country with expertise in designing and evaluating the impact of domestic anti-poverty programs. Our research initiatives span a wide range of poverty focus areas.
A Research Network
LEO works to reduce poverty by:
Evaluating Program Effectiveness: To promote rigorous evaluations of domestic anti-poverty programs, LEO connects on-the-ground social service providers with a national network of academic researchers. Our Faculty Affiliates and practitioners work together to evaluate the impact of innovative programs through randomized controlled trials and natural experiments.
Improving Service Provision: LEO works closely with local social service agencies and other organizations to design anti-poverty programs that are informed by the most rigorous research.
Informing Policy: To encourage evidence-based policy decisions, LEO disseminates its key research findings to policymakers interested in designing effective programs to reduce poverty in the United States.