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The challenge of asset poverty is too great for any one organization to take on alone.

That is why we seek out opportunities to serve as a thought-leader in our field and share what we are learning with a broad network of practitioners and policymakers. 

The following documents are currently available for download:

  • A learning brief for financial coaches and counselors on student debt, that summarizes the key practices we utilize when assisting our clients with student debt issues. 
     
  • A summary report on Compass's national roundtable "Integrating Asset Building and Financial Capability Strategies into Subsidized Housing Programs: The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program and Beyond."
     
  • A whitepaper on our experience launching an asset building and financial capability model for the FSS program. 

Compass takes seriously the importance of a rigorous evaluation strategy.

This discipline is reflected across all aspects of our organization, through meticulous data collection and analysis, ongoing research, consistent and thorough evaluation, and continuous iteration on our programs. We are focused on getting at what really works when it comes to empowering families to build savings and assets as a pathway out of poverty.

As a critical part of this discipline, we invest in partnerships with external research partners to evaluate and learn from our work. In October of 2014, Compass engaged Abt Associates as a new research and evaluation partner. Prior to 2014, Compass partnered with the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University for a three-year study of our FSS programs as we developed and expanded our model.

Download the final report from IASP on our FSS programs.