Evaluations of Economic Empowerment Program Show Improvements in Survivors' Financial Situation and Quality of Life
KCADV's economic empowerment advocacy is making a difference.
Participants in two KCADV programs who received financial education and one-on-one advocacy reported statistically significant improvements in financial well-being, according to two quasi-experimental outcome evaluations completed in September. Participants experienced meaningful improvements in their financial practices, financial situation, and quality of life between entry into the program and a follow-up interview conducted 12 months later.
One study evaluated a partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's (KCTCS) Ready-to-Work program. The other evaluated our work with clients at our 15 member programs. A total of 400 KCTCS students and 406 survivors completed the intake surveys. In particular, the evaluations showed that participants increased savings and income, reduced debts, and found employment. The findings were presented at the KCADV/KASAP conference in December by University of Kentucky Professor Jennifer Cole and KCADV's Evaluation Coordinator Alyssa Tremblay.
About 72% of KCTCS students who completed intake evaluations reported experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes, including 35% who said they had experienced it in the last year. Nearly half the KCADV program clients reported experiencing DV during the year between intake and their follow-up interviews.