Social Services Innovations in public services that promote equity and opportunity


US States Embrace Baby Boxes

By Noël Duan

Several states are adopting the Finnish practice of distributing “baby boxes” to expectant parents—and taking the opportunity to also educate families about safe sleep for infants.

Too Many Welfare Orgs?

By Corey Binns

While communities can benefit from the entry of more welfare nonprofits, there is a point after which greater numbers are counterproductive.

Breaking the Double Barrier of Poverty

By Jana Zindell 4

Instead of prescribing higher education as the silver-bullet solution to poverty, we must provide diverse and contextualized pathways to disadvantaged children, enabling them to redefine the dominant narrative of success.

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The Cost of Financial Precarity

By Carrie Leana 1

Anxiety about debt and financial stability can severely reduce the productivity and health of employees, which can hurt a company’s bottom line. Businesses, government, and philanthropic organizations should embrace the case for improving the financial well-being of workers.

Social Insecurity

Review By Teresa Ghilarducci

Katherine Newman’s Downhill From Here challenges current economic thinking by arguing that the crisis in retirement security is caused by a flawed system, not flawed humans.

Spring 2019

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Homeless Shelter Uses Feedback to Help Its Clients Regain Independence


The Arkansas nonprofit Our House, which provides shelter to homeless families and individuals working to regain their economic independence, has built a culture of continuous feedback with surveys, community councils, and “happy or not” voting terminals. Part of a series produced for SSIR with the support of the Hewlett Foundation.