A UW-Madison-based, multidisciplinary team of experts, including 4W Scholars, worked with TDI to research and produce actionable findings on 5 factors disproportionately trapping the lowest 10th percentile of Americans in poverty:
• Maternal illness and death
• Infant mortality
• Deficient language proficiency by age 3 and deficient reading by age 9
• Failure to graduate from high school
• Early, repeated, and prolonged incarceration
The report summarized the evidence for the burden of each factor, as well as promising interventions and policy solutions. It is a brief and effective representative of “what we know, and what we don’t know.”
Citation: Grande KM, Kahle ER, Thompson-Fleming R, Shrestha S, Carpenter E, Tran-Inzeo P., Brown, LD. (2016). The promise of national service to improve the quality of life in the United States: A summary of the evidence. University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Declaration Initiative.
Subsequent phases of this project will look at solutions to policy and systems barriers to implementation of evidence-based or promising practices and the need for adequate data to measure impact.
4W will continue to use the findings of this report to inform our work.