*Names in bold indicate Presenter
This paper will report on a new study to develop a standardized, reusable protocol to rigorously assess the daily experiences of those in and near poverty and how those experiences change over time and differ across region. This protocol will be applied at 14 sites carefully selected to represent the variety of poverty forms in the country (e.g., deindustrialized, rural, suburban, new immigrant, concentrated). The respondents will be randomly drawn to represent the experiences of those in deep poverty, poverty, near poverty, and the middle class (as a comparison group).
The first pilot (to design the instrument) has been completed in the Bay Area, and the second pilot (to design the sampling methodology) is currently underway in Tucson and Nogales. Findings from these pretests provide evidence that qualitative interviews can effectively and efficiently document the experience of poverty. These results are paving the way for the national study. Current plans are to go to field in the fall of 2015 and then revisit each site at 5 year intervals (via a repeated cross-section design). New sites will be incorporated as necessary.
At the APPAM meeting, we will present, for the first time, results from the 2 pilot studies and detail plans for scaling this project up to 12 more sites around the nation.