We develop programs and services grounded in the voice of people experiencing poverty.

The Prosperity Agenda’s Innovation Lab is where our programs, services, and solutions are developed. In partnership with nonprofits, government agencies, financial institutions and employers, we create programs that make meaningful change for families experiencing poverty.


We start small and measure impact in real time. As we test solutions in quick cycles, we can iterate quickly on the direct feedback from staff and families. This allows us to continuously improve and ensure that we are meeting the needs of those experiencing poverty. 

 

Current Projects

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Financial Capability Integration Project

The Financial Capability Integration Project blends financial capability services with employment and career training programs in South King County, Washington. With funding from J.P. Morgan Chase, The Prosperity Agenda, along with Seattle Goodwill and ANEW, explored how we might improve the financial wellness of graduates in career development programs.

After conducting research with program graduates, current students, and staff in the career development programs the Innovation Lab developed the Money Mindset Cards. Mindset Cards are dialogue-based activity cards that generate discussion to build inspiration, healthy identities and intention when it comes to money. 

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Savings Initiative Project

The Savings Initiative Project is a two-generation savings approach to increase financial resilience in parents and children receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). With funding from the Kellogg Foundation, The Prosperity Agenda, along with the Department of Commerce and Department of Early Learning, explored how we might improve the financial resilience of parents in enrolled in TANF in Washington State. 

Money Powerup Packs, were developed to provide TANF and Early Learning sites all the materials needed to implement interactive financial capability programming into their community events. The Money Powerup Packs are event kits, that include flyers, banners,actvities, powerpoint, decoration, etc. so staff from all financial backgrounds and experience can facilitate an engaging community event. 

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Financial Health for Diverse Communities Project

The Financial Health for Diverse Communities project, is supported by the Northwest Area Foundation, supports the integration of financial coaching and inclusion services with health education to improve the health and well-being of immigrant and refugees living in South King County. The Prosperity Agenda is partnering with Global to Local (G2L), Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU), and Express Credit Union to design, test, and evaluate a unique approach to increasing financial capability and inclusion in the immigrant and refugee community. 

The project is testing two complementary interventions: 1) a group-financial coaching approach facilitated by Community Health Workers at Global to Local that is integrated into community fitness and health classes and 2) a community and employee assessment and action plan for  local credit unions that measures and seeks to optimize trust, transparency, community representation and community engagement. 

Interested in learning more? Contact: design@theprosperityagenda.org


Increasing Employment Engagement & Equity Project

The Employment Engagement & Equity Project is funded by the Kellogg Foundation and is a partnership between The Prosperity Agenda, Cares of Washington, and the Downtown Seattle Association to test and rapidly assess a new way to increase engagement, reduce attrition, and increase entry-level employees ability to develop critical professional skills. 

EmpACT: Employment as a Practice is a framework that provides a roadmap to a more engaged and valued workforce. It includes: 1) a 12 week classroom-based curriculum, formerly known as Best U, which focuses on developing professional skills that go beyond traditional job readiness activities. Instead the classroom-based curriculum focuses on foundational skills and competencies’ necessary to improve career retention and advancement, 2) Five tools, such as, Management guides, employee development timeline template, first day kit, and more, that provide a way for managers to participate in the learning and to drive lasting impact across your organization. This project originated as a part of the Career Readiness Project. For more information, click HERE.

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Coaching Integration Project

Our overall experience with financial coaching reveals that implementation challenges begin not just with access to training, but also sustaining the financial coaching model--from practice to supervision to funding. To address these challenges, we asked how we might build a coaching culture within an agency that is delivering financial services, such as financial cocaching? 

In collaboration with three community-based organizations (Hacienda CDC, Skagit Community Action, and Sound Outreach), we interviewed participants, coaches and other frontline staff, middle-management & leadership (i.e. directors, board members) and funders. Through these conversations, we learned that organizational change is difficult, and adopting an organizational coaching culture to sustain coaching practice is no exception. We learned that in order to make this change organizations need easy, but impactful tools to help measure, fund, and maintain financial coaching at their organizations. 

We developed the Financial Coaching Accelerator Program, which will build, test, and refine resources organizations can practically implement that measure, fund, and maintain financial coaching. The first cohort will test the approach from March - November 2018.

Interested in learning more? Contact: design@theprosperityagenda.org


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The Futures Project

The Futures Project (formerly CLIPP) was created to provide that proof and systematize a data-driven continual improvement culture across the network. It brings together 54 agencies that represent the full diversity of America and the magnitude and scope of the poverty problem, in a place-based approach to better understand and modernize Community Action.

In collaboration between WA, OR, and ID, Community Action Agencies (CAA) have come together to advance the clarity, impact, and performance of their work.  The Futures Project will grow the impact of the Community Action network on individuals and communities by clearly demonstrating value through measurable outcomes, proven programs and validated research, by promoting a common platform for working collaboratively within local communities, and by creating a culture of innovation and accountability

To learn more about this project, contact Kim Tulley at Kimt@thefuturesproject.org.


GET INVOLVED

We're always looking for new partnerships. Whether you'd like to donate to our efforts, join the design team, or have an interesting problem you'd like help solving - let's have a conversation. Contact us at design@theprosperityagenda.org.