School of Social Policy & Practice

Understanding poverty and data

Regina Smalls Baker of the School of Arts & Sciences and Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice explore how data can be better used to analyze and address poverty.

Brandon Baker

In the News

Seattle Times

How much will homelessness rise? Grim study shows possible ‘impact of doing nothing,’ researchers say

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice commented on a study that found that homelessness in the U.S. could increase dramatically if a recession follows the pandemic. “This report certainly is a warning alarm for the potential impact of doing nothing,” he said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Tracing Montco’s decades-long shift from GOP stronghold to boon for Biden

Obed Arango of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the diversification of Norristown, Pennsylvania. “I am one of the few Latinos, or perhaps the only Latino, who participates in a county commission,” he said, “When you have lack of representation, the agenda that is set will benefit the groups that are represented there. Many times, I’ve had to bring that perspective.”


U.S. News & World Report

Residents in these states donate the most to charity

Femida Handy of the School of Social Policy & Practice said the pandemic has made charitable giving more challenging. "Individuals wishing to volunteer must find new ways to do so while paying attention to their own health needs alongside that of the communities they serve," she said.



$300 unemployment benefits end in at least 9 states as stimulus hopes fade

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the absence of a second stimulus detail and its impact on unemployed Americans. “This is going to be hardest on more disadvantaged, lower-income individuals and communities of color because they’ve been disproportionately impacted by job loss,” she said. “Also, a dollar means more to a poor person than a rich person. Losing those precious dollars is really a meaningful loss for those people.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Domestic violence an increasing concern in Philadelphia area because of COVID-19, study suggests

A report co-authored by Susan Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice linked Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home orders, school closures, and declaration of emergency with a decrease in calls to domestic violence hotlines. “Was it because women don’t think it’s safe for them to call? Maybe they didn’t have a safe space from which to call from,” she said. “We didn’t take the not calling as an indicator of a lack of violence in the home.”