Rachel Brooks

Evaluating Money Powerup Packs in 7 TANF Sites in Washington State

It is often implied that families experiencing poverty make bad financial decisions–that if they were better money managers, they would not be in poverty at all. This harmful narrative underlies too much of the financial education offered (sometimes mandated) to these same families. Financial education can better help people achieve their financial goals by prioritizing …

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Taking Action on Financial Wellness in Times of Stress

We know that money is already often weighing on the minds of people experiencing poverty. And during these times of extreme uncertainty, people’s main financial concerns become even more immediate rather than long-term. The National Endowment for Financial Education found that 7 out of 10 people are concerned about their finances during COVID-19 and nearly …

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Working Together: What Frontline Staff Want You To Know About Safety, Engagement, and Resilience

Employers have the responsibility and opportunity to protect worker and customer safety, create pathways to wage growth, and invite employees to use their full set of talents at work. Based on three years of extensive research and testing with over 200 frontline workers, their managers, and organizational leaders, The Prosperity Agenda developed this Working Together …

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Family-Guided Innovation: How We Made Money Powerup Packs

We are excited to announce that our work to co-design Money Powerup Packs with guidance of low-income families is featured in the inaugural issue of Journal of Participatory Research Methods. This new journal is committed to showcasing interdisciplinary practices related to participatory research methods in the poverty alleviation field.  When we started the Savings Initiative …

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