Outsmarting poverty starts with working smarter

All across America, service providers are doing great work to take on poverty in all its complexity. But we still know too little about what’s working and why.

Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) helps service providers apply scientific evaluation methods to better understand and share effective poverty interventions.

At LEO, we believe rigorous research is a powerful means to an end. An end to injustice. An end to dependence. An end to poverty. And a new beginning for millions of families who are ready to thrive.

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Creating Evidence

by partnering with poverty's fiercest adversaries to learn what works.

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LEO & Atlanta: A partnership for impact

A new LEO cohort to help Atlanta identify programs right in its own backyard that are effective in helping families break the cycle of poverty and step into their bigger, brighter futures.

A Clearer Path Out of Poverty

LEO demonstrates the efficacy of a new social work program.

Bringing College Student Success to a National Scale

Based on evidence and analysis generated by LEO, The Institute for College Access and Success has unveiled a national policy proposal aimed at unlocking potential for college students across the country.

Using Evidence

to turn research into action to lift people out of poverty.

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Fighting to Prevent Homelessness

Catholic Charities Chicago runs the city's Homelessness Prevention Call Center and has helped thousands of families stay off the streets. But Catholic Charities knows funding for public programs is never guaranteed, so it wanted to prove its method was cost-effective and impactful.