Welcome to the website of Lisbeth B. Schorr, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Lisbeth Schorr’s work has focused over the last three decades on “what works” in social policies and programs to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and families. From 2000 to 2008, she and her colleagues at the Pathways Mapping Initiative explored novel approaches to assembling and organizing actionable information to help communities solve urgent social problems.  Currently, she is focusing on lessons learned about how complex efforts to change life trajectories can be assessed, held accountable, and spread without diluting their effectiveness, and how they can generate the data that can inform continuous improvement.

On this website you can:

- Download Lisbeth Schorr’s biography  and her recent articles  on new and more inclusive approaches to assembling actionable information, the lessons emerging from current experience with multiple efforts to solve social problems, and new opportunities to act on what we now know.




- Explore the Pathways  for a uniquely broad, deep, and coherent collection of findings about what it takes to improve the lives of children and families living in America's tough neighborhoods. Pathways available for download are to the outcomes of Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade, Successful Young Adulthood, and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.




- Find information about Lisbeth Schorr's Books :

COMMON PURPOSE: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America, published by Doubleday in 1997, laying out the evidence that when communities act strategically, focus on results, and put together what works in a supportive climate, they strengthen children and families, and rebuild communities; and

WITHIN OUR REACH: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage, published by Doubleday in 1988, analyzing social programs that succeed in effectively combating serious social problems, such as high rates of single parenting, youth violence, and school failure.

-Read Lisbeth Schorr's Blogs

Contact us at:  hpoei@earthlink.net