February 7, 2017
The first national report of Getting Ahead outcomes, which was released in early January, shows a 62% reduction in the use of benefits, a 74% decrease in total debt, and a 38% increase in monthly income for Getting Ahead (GA) graduates. Thanks to the 199 participating GA grads, facilitators, and organizers from 38 sites in eight states (evaluated from September 2013 to December 2016), we have our first look at data that will grow quickly as other GA groups join Charity Tracker’s data-collection system.
We know that the Bridges Out of Poverty movement must prove its effectiveness, and much of that has to do with how GA graduates benefit from the Bridges model in their communities.
Bridges sites contract directly with Charity Tracker for training and services. aha! Process’s role is to pay for the development of the tools and the reports. Each site gets reports on its own outcomes, along with comparative state and national data provided by aha! Process. Solid and convincing information is helpful when writing grants and securing funding.
The report (see below) provides anonymous information on the increase in stability, the growth of 11 resources, and the return on investment (or ROI). These elements derive from the Getting Ahead theory of change that instability makes it difficult for under-resourced people to take charge of their lives, make changes, and build resources.