Vulnerable Families Research Program

Research on vulnerable children and families has been central to our work since the inception of the Carsey Institute in 2004. Core to the work of the Vulnerable Families Research Program is an understanding of how families are faring economically across the nation, within regions, states, and across rural, suburban, and urban places. We pay particular attention to trends in child poverty rates, social safety net usage, and making work pay. We coordinate with external researchers, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners “on the ground” to ensure that our research is timely and relevant. Our accessible analyses are widely read by legislators and their staff, child and family advocates, practitioners, academics, and the media, and we frequently deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences.

This project offers a series of fifty-two downloadable slide shows—one slide show for each state and Washington, DC, and one for the nation as a whole. We compare indicia of opportunity between those with high and low socioeconomic status.  Learn more

HIghlights

America's School Counselor Crisis

America's School Counselor Crisis

America's School Counselor Crisis

The Deseret News identifies why school counselors are critical, mentioning recent Carsey School...

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Poverty in Rural vs. Urban N.H.

Poverty in Rural vs. Urban N.H.

UNH Carsey School of Public Policy researcher Jessica Carson joins NHPR's The Exchange to discuss...

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Mapping NH's Food Landscape

Mapping NH's Food Landscape

New Carsey study shows that Northern NH residents have limited access to healthy foods....

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Jess Carson

Jess Carson is a Research Assistant Professor with the Vulnerable Families Research Program at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Since joining Carsey in 2010, she has studied poverty, work, and the social safety net, including policies and programs that support low-income workers like affordable health insurance, food assistance programs, and quality child care.
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