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.

Partner With Us Learn With Us

Creating Evidence

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

See all LEO projects

COVID-19 and Commitment to Research: Helping Restore Ability

COVID-19 may have changed Helping Restore Ability's approach to serving, but it hasn't shaken their desire to know what works. (Photo credit: Helping Restore Ability)

COVID-19 and Commitment to Research: i.c. stars

As they expect from their students, i.c. stars has kept their commitments, digging deep to keep their research project on track in the coronavirus era. (Photo credit: DW Johnson Photography)

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.

See all Lessons Learned

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.