The Knowledge Map

for social-economic mobility

The Knowledge Map charts the factors that affect social-economic mobility from birth to age 35, and serves as a practical guide for organizations, researchers and policy makers working to advance mobility in Israel.

The map is the outcome of a ground-breaking research initiated by Rashi, JDC-Ashalim, the Jindas Association and the Ministry of Welfare.


Where are you on the map?

In 2019, Rashi joined forces with JDC-Ashalim, Jindas Association and the Ministry of Welfare to map the factors the affect social mobility in Israel, and in other words – how to remove the link between a child’s socioeconomic background and his or her chances to succeed in life. The research was carried out by the ERI Institute on behalf of the partners.

The mapping is based on large-scale applied research, the first of its kind in Israel. It aims to answer the question: what is needed in order to enable social mobility, from birth to age 35, both on the individual’s level and in the ecosystem – family, school, neighborhood and community. The research created a decision-making tool based on data from an extensive literature review and cutting-edge analysis methods. It draws on the knowledge gathered in hundreds of studies around the world that examined interventions during childhood, as well as on data regarding young adults from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Knowledge Map identifies the factors that promote or prevent mobility of individuals, particularly in the social and geographic periphery. The mapping of these factors was divided into two periods – childhood (birth to 18), when skills and abilities develop, and young adulthood (18-35), when these capabilities are realized.

The map includes a total of 53 variables in the fields of education, welfare, health, employment and more.

For each factor we identified the most critical age and best practices for intervention. In addition, the analysis of the ecosystem elements shows how they interact and ranks them according to the impact each factor has on the others.

We hope that the Knowledge Map will serve civil society organizations and policy makers as a practical tool that supports decision-making and planning of effective investments and interventions. Moreover, we believe that it can help to advance inter-organizational and cross-sector cooperation in the social field.

It is important to note that the map summarizes what we currently know about social mobility factors and how to reinforce them. While using this highly valuable tool in our work, we should continue to examine the impact of additional factors and interventions, and in this way expand our knowledge into areas that have not been mapped yet.

Go to the Knowledge Map website

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