Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

Enabling Economic Mobility

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is a research institute based out of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. It matches passionate social service leaders with top researchers whose research identifies the effective, innovative, scalable policies and programs that assist people in permanently moving out of poverty – and into meaningful education and employment opportunities. 

By rigorously studying various interventions to social challenges, LEO is building a body of data-based evidence to support interventions that work for people and communities. With that evidence, it’s choosing to scale effective solutions.Its study of Catholic Fort Worth’s Stay the Course™ program enabled 17 college students to remain on their education-to-workforce journey. The program then expanded into a robust, community-embraced initiative with plans to serve over 3,000 students over the next five years.

What’s the play?

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities helps build evidence for programs that help people stay on course toward economic mobility.

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