July 30, 2016Event Recap

What Works to Combat Poverty: Lessons from NYC’s Center for Economic Opportunity (Panel and Q&A Videos)

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On Thursday, July 14th 2016, Results for America collaborated with the American Enterprise Institute and the Washington Monthly to bring together experts to discuss the recently published four-part Washington Monthly series which explores the innovative anti-poverty measures implemented by New York’s Center for Economic Opportunity. The video features RFA Senior Fellows and Co-Authors of the four-part series, Linda Gibbs and Robert Doar, as well as RFA Senior Fellow Melody Barnes, Paul Glastris (Editor-in-Chief, Washington Monthly), and Gordon Berlin (President of MDRC).

Melody Barnes

Gordon Berlin

Robert Doar

Linda Gibbs

Watch the full event with each of these panelists and the Q&A that followed:

Read the four part Washington Monthly series below:

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Washington Center, Johns Hopkins University
Kenny-Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036

The Bloomberg administration in New York City spanned from 2002 through 2013, a turbulent economic time that included the Great Recession and marked a 28 percent rise in national poverty. Surprising, poverty did not increase in New York City, the epicenter of the market collapse. What drove this surprising result? How did a city that was reeling from the bottoming out of the market show such resilience for those in greatest need?

In a new series produced for the Washington Monthly, Results for America Senior Fellows Robert Doar and Linda Gibbs provide their on-the-ground perspective on the evidence-based and data-driven decision making as embodied in one effort – the mayor’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), a poverty fighting research lab committed to experimentation and scaling what works in moving people out of poverty. In a roundtable discussion, Mr. Doar and Ms. Gibbs will be joined by federal policy experts Melody Barnes and Gordon Berlin to discuss the lessons learned from the anti-poverty experiments of the Bloomberg administration through the development of CEO, and the potential for these experiments to inform federal anti-poverty strategies.

Featured Speakers included:

  • Melody Barnes, Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC; Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives at New York University; Former Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (Obama)
  • Gordon Berlin, President, MDRC
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at AEI; Former Commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration (Bloomberg administration)
  • Linda Gibbs, Principal with Bloomberg Associates; Former New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services (Bloomberg administration)
  • Paul Glastris, Editor-in-Chief, the Washington Monthly (Moderator)