In 2007, with the help of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a conditional cash transfer program (CCT) started in New York City as an experimental, privately funded, ghetto-busting initiative. The CCT program, adapted from Mexico, offered money for immediate poverty relief, but conditions the assistance on families improving their education and workforce skills, thus reducing intergenerational poverty over time. New York City’s Family Rewards was the first comprehensive CCT program implemented in a developed country. This comprehensive report offers a preliminary assessment of the program’s operations and effectiveness, and includes research methodology, extensive investigation, initial findings, executive summary, team conclusions and evaluation data gathered during the program’s first 2 years of operation.

March 10, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the CCT program was adapted from Mexico.

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    Why there is controversy in implementing such a program.

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    How the CCT program worked for families using education, health and workforce incentives.

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    How the CCT reward system was developed.

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    What this extensive evaluation revealed about implementation of the program.

Key Takeaway

Family Rewards is a two-generation initiative for parents and children with both short-term & long-term poverty-reduction goals.

Family Rewards believes financial incentives can influence individuals’ short-term choices to improve financial and social stability over the long term.

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