Data collection and analysis are part of the Casey Foundation’s framework for the economic success of rural families, known as Earn It, Keep It, Grow It. Specifically, this brief illustrates how data collection and analysis can influence decisions to improve the well-being of low-income working families in Minnesota.
This component for the RuFES framework focuses on jobs and job readiness.
This component focuses on affordable options for transportation, child care, health care, housing, etc.
A call center is one way to provide counseling to rural families who don’t have transportation.
This component emphasizes helping people save and grow their assets, and attract businesses and entrepreneurs.
Statements & Quotations
It isn’t necessarily about creating programs out of whole cloth. It’s about taking the pieces that are there, finding things that aren’t there, and bringing them together to maximize benefits for families.
– John Molinaro, former Vice President, West Central Initiative
By not only embracing the rural family economic success approach, but also using the best data to guide its planning process and evaluate its resulting work, west central Minnesota has enhanced its longstanding efforts to strengthen rural communities, families and children.
– Miriam Shark, Senior Associate, Casey Foundation
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