In 2019, the Rashi Foundation, JDC-Ashalim, Jindas – the Association for Social Urban Regeneration, and the Ministry of Welfare’s Yated Program joined forces to map the factors the affect social mobility in Israel – providing equal opportunity in a world with unequal starting points.
The research was carried out by the ERI Institute and directed by a steering committee on behalf of the partners.
About the research
In Israel, the opportunities available to a child are determined to a large extent by his place of residence and his parents’ socioeconomic status. The research aims to help change this situation.
In 2017, the Ministry of Education and JDC-Ashalim launched an initiative to chart the factors that affect the ability to climb the social ladder, creating a “knowledge map” for social-economic mobility.
In 2019 the initiative was joined by the Rashi Foundation, Jindas Association and Yated Program in the Ministry of Welfare. Through this partnership, the scope of the research was significantly expanded.
The research was carried out by the ERI Institute on behalf of the partners.
Explore the map
The tool that was built as part of the research is based on extensive literature review and cutting-edge research methods including network analysis and machine learning. 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 has four main parts that complement each other:
• Childhood map (birth to 18): how to advance optimal development of skills, abilities and readiness for adult life.
• Ecosystem map: what factors in the environment promote mobility or impede it.
• Young adulthood map (18-35): how to enable young adults to realize their skills and abilities and make optimal decisions.
• Map for young adults at risk: unique factors that apply to this population (this map is not part of the website).
Altogether we found 53 factors that affect social mobility in Israel.
In each map you will find the specific factors that apply to it. All the factors are listed in the Tags page, where they can be sorted by overlapping main categories.