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's Not-So-Dismal News During COVID: Doubling Down

As the new reality of the pandemic set in, Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston partnered with LEO to double down on their commitment to evaluate their emergency housing assistance program.

LEO's Not-So-Dismal News During COVID: Seeing Double

When COVID struck, Catholic Charities Chicago received a large grant to help those most in need, and turned to LEO to help design and evaluate an intervention.

COVID-19 and Commitment to Research: NPower

"COVID wrecked our flow": How a team of social workers, educators, and technologists transforms lives in uncertain times. (Photo credit: NPower, Inc.)

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 Homeless 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.