Data-driven impact : leveraging data to implement a 2-generation approach in Austin
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Intergenerational economic mobility is the ability for children to fare better financially than their parents. Despite a growing economy, Austin/Travis County faces declining economic mobility, and economic growth in Austin/Travis County disproportionately benefits wealthy residents. Individuals who work low-skill jobs are not paid a family-sustaining wage. Parents and caregivers with low incomes face numerous barriers to earning a family-sustaining wage, such as the need for additional education, training, and access to affordable childcare. The 2-Gen model aims to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of economic immobility by simultaneously supporting the needs of parents/caregivers and children. United Way for Greater Austin and community partners developed the “Family Opportunity Roadmap: Austin/Travis County 2-Generation Strategic Plan 2019-2023” to create an ecosystem of programs and services designed to meet the needs of whole families, making it easier to access social and economic opportunity. This report provides data and analysis to support the implementation of the 2-Gen Strategic Plan, including data on Austin/Travis County residents, the unmet needs of families with low income, and existing 2-Gen agencies and services. The report provides recommendations on how nonprofits can use data to strengthen their 2-Gen services. The three recommendations include making data-driven decisions, leveraging funding, and collaborating to strengthen existing and create new 2-Gen approaches.
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City of Austin Families and Children Task Force (City of Austin, 2008)EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Families and Children Task Force was formed by the Austin City Council on June 21, 2007 (Ordinance No. 20070621-097). The Task Force was created in recognition that families and children are critical ...