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How to talk about poverty: Lessons from our communities

Over the past two years, the Center for Community Change has worked with Anat Shenker-Osorio and Lake Research Partners to engage in an unprecedented messaging research project on how we talk about poverty in America, with the goal of identifying clear, compelling language to match the audacious change we are fighting for for all families. This research project focused on making the voices and insights of low-income people central to the message exploration and testing, and resulted in uncovering how people reason about the issues and what language comes naturally to affected communities. Below are some of our most important findings.

Phase Two: Message Research Findings, Analysis and Research Highlights, 2015
Full Report: 2015 Economic Justice Messaging Research
Executive Summary and Key Findings, 2015
Popularity of a Bold Jobs Agenda, 2015
Click here to view the full 2015 poverty messaging recording.
Phase One: Message Research Findings, Analysis and Research Highlights, 2014
Executive Summary and Key Findings, 2014
Findings from Progressive Activists
Dial Survey Process and Outcomes
Listening Sessions Outcomes
Click here to view the full 2014 poverty messaging recording.
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Hear “Container” our third best-performing message Hear our key findings and get tips on how to apply the lessons learned