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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Why data is critical to community change.
How agencies and philanthropies are finding common ground around welfare reform.
How to build community change momentum at the neighborhood level.
Why local partnerships are the cornerstone of Making Connections.
This issue of
Casey Connects features three distinctive conferences highlighting Making Connections and the ever-expanding network of critical Casey partnerships. It explores local data collection, emergent consultant roles and revolutionary welfare reforms. A smaller story presents recommended resources. Table of Contents
Neighborhood-level data is critical for community change
The data agenda in
Making Connections is driven by the fundamental Casey tenet that neighborhoods need to be able to produce, interpret and use data effectively to both understand and influence the forces that shape their destinies.
Findings & Stats
The number of families receiving welfare has dropped every year since 1995.
In Harm's Way
Welfare benefits fell more than earnings rose for the bottom fifth of earners, some of whom were worse off after leaving welfare.
Improving the odds for families in tough neighborhoods requires multiple data sources tracking exactly what contributes to well-being.
Making Connections is part of a much larger body of child well-being work designed to spur a national commitment to strengthening families and neighborhoods.
Statements & Quotations
…participants had a unifying force: their firm belief in the power of data to help people learn and bring about positive changes in their communities.
Recipients have heard the message that they must work and prepare for the day when welfare will no longer be an option.
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