Supporting Working Families: P4A Unveils New Research Hub on Income and Workplace Policies

OCTOBER 25, 2018—Policies for Action is thrilled to announce a new Research Hub led by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the University of California, Berkeley. The hub will investigate how income and workplace policies can help parents protect and invest in the health and well-being of their families. Led by Heidi Hartmann of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and William H. Dow of the University of California, Berkeley, the policy research team will work closely with Ascend at the Aspen Institute and other partners to dramatically expand the evidence base for these types of policies, especially at the state and local levels.

The hub has designed a cutting-edge research portfolio and will also produce several “rapid response” projects to quickly provide high-quality analysis to the questions that policymakers are asking today. The hub will translate the research into reports that are available and accessible to a variety of audiences working to advance policy solutions to promote healthy working families.

Projects include:

We sat down with Heidi and Will to talk about the current policy landscape, what gaps they’re trying to fill with their research portfolio, and how they intend to tackle these big questions about income and workplace policies. Read our full conversation on P4A Spark.

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