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.”
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.