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.​

December 30, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES).

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    The RuFES planning process, which includes working groups that collect and analyze data.

  3. 3

    Resources and key insights into collecting and analyzing data on behalf of rural families.

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    How to use data to illustrate a problem and point to solutions.

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    How to move from data to action while continuing to track and measure progress.

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    How good data helps coordinate anti-poverty efforts.

Key Takeaway

Using data helps to engage communities

Data were first used to encourage community participa­tion in moving toward positive change. Data have since been used very successfully to better understand the needs of working families in rural areas and to design strategies that support them.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations