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Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality to lead program to measure success of social programs

Economist Raj Chetty speaking at a lecture

Raj Chetty

Image Credit: Tamer Shabani
Oct 17 2016

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A White House-sponsored $1.5 million grant was awarded to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners.

The White House announced last week a grant to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners to help build a framework for measuring and evaluating the success of social service programs designed to reduce poverty and inequality.

The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant, a key White House initiative established in 2009, was announced Thursday in conjunction with an event on innovation featuring President Barack Obama in Pittsburgh.

Stanford economist Raj Chetty, who is one of the principal investigators for the $3 million project, emphasized the importance of harnessing the power of big data to reduce poverty and increase opportunity.