This brief tells how data shaped and strengthened efforts to build financial stability among low-income rural families in west central Minnesota. It highlights Annie E. Casey’s Rural Family Economic Success framework and is part of the Foundation’s Strengthening Rural Families publication series.​

March 22, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The Rural Family Economic Success framework.

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    Two framework-driven initiatives to aid rural families.

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    How data helped prompt swift action in West Central Minnesota.

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    Advice on utilizing data to aid rural households.

Key Takeaway

The Rural Family Economic Success framework yields big changes in small town Minnesota

West central Minnesota is a nine-county region defined by beautiful lakes and fertile farmlands as well as towns and families struggling to get ahead. This brief shows how good data drove smart decision-making in the towns to help these low-income families not just reach — but maintain — financial stability. 

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