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Poverty

How can we can inspire widespread belief that poverty can be solved? It starts with telling a new story about poverty.

People tend to think that poverty is a thing of the past—or something that only happens in other countries. FrameWorks’ research is being used to change hearts and minds about what poverty is and why it matters.

Simply stating that poverty exists and is rising doesn’t dislodge deep—and unhelpful—assumptions. FrameWorks’ research reveals the need to unlock people’s desire for justice. Explaining how poverty works helps get around the belief that people simply need to try harder.

By leading with shared values and explaining causes and solutions to poverty, we can engage audiences, rather than prompt them to switch off or blame people experiencing poverty.

Explore ways to reframe the poverty narrative in these resources.

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Report

Planning for Our Future: The Contribution of Simplifying Models to Conceptualizing Budgets and Taxes

This report presents "Forward Exchange" as an explanatory metaphor that prompts people to think about public budgets and taxes in new ways.

Report

Framing Child Poverty by Telling a Development Story

To build support for ending child poverty, we need a powerful framing strategy. This Message Brief offers guidance from the Core Story of Early Development.

Frame Testing Recommendations

How to Talk About Rural Issues

This Message Brief distills strategies for talking about rural health, rural economic development, and other rural issues.

Report

Fostering a Systematic View of Food and Fitness through Metaphor

What metaphors help people see food and fitness as systemic issues, not just lifestyle choices? This study weighs the effects of different comparisons - and finds that some offer more food for...

Toolkit

Talking Rural Issues

Welcome to Talking Rural Issues—a compendium of research on how Americans think about rural America and the issues that affect it as well as applications materials designed to engage the public...

Frame Testing Recommendations

Framing the Food System

This MessageMemo distills insights from a set of related studies. It recommends ways to communicate more effectively about the food system, obesity, and related issues.

Report

Promoting a Realistic Understanding of Rural America

This report identifies promising explanatory strategies that help Americans think more productively about rural parts of the country.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Talking Rural Issues

This MessageMemo distills insights from a set of inter-related studies about how people think about rural issues. It offers time-tested recommendations for communicating more effectively about...

Report

Digesting Public Opinion: A meta-Analysis of Attitudes Toward Food, Health and Farms

This report identifies public opinion in relevant issue areas related to Food and Health.

Toolkit

Talking Transitional Work

This toolkit offers a collection of key documents from the FrameWorks Institute's research on how Minnesotans view transitional jobs programs, based on research conducted in that state in late...

Report

Making the Public Case for Transitional Jobs Programs in Minnesota

This Memo reports on findings from the FrameWorks Institute’s research on how Minnesotans think about transitional jobs programs, the problems they address and the constituencies they benefit.

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Communities that Work: An Analysis of Qualitative Research Exploring Perceptions of Lifetrack Programs and Policies

This is the second in a series of reports designed by the FrameWorks Institute to explore public understanding of, and support for, transitional work experience programs. This particular phase of...