Seeking Info on Best Practices for increasing quality of life for rural low income families
August 21, 2012 11:00 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for Best Practices worldwide for improving conditions for low-income families. Do any of you know of organizations with available data
on specific ways that their programs have increased opportunities and quality of life for low income children and families?
I'm on the Board of a non-profit Parent Child center whose mission is to strengthen families with young children and connect them to their communities, with an emphasis on pregnant and parenting teens and families lacking support due to social isolation, poverty, insecure housing, or lack of other vital community resources.
Our center has been chosen to take part in a state-wide project (in Vermont in the USA) working to develop clear benchmarks for success. We are looking for programs that have proven success working with families in rural communities. Some of the areas in which we are seeking "Best Practices" include:
- Improvements in child welfare
- Increased family income
- Increased number of low income adults entering the work force / Decrease in unemployment
- Increase in children's social and emotional well-being
- Increase in school readiness
- Increased rate of graduation from secondary school
- Decreased percentage of low income families
- Decreased rate of hunger
There are undoubtedly other, less conventional measures that could also be useful that we haven't thought of yet. Please feel free to suggest any!