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Measuring the Return on Investment for Participant outcomes in 3 Community Action Duluth employment programs

Community Action Duluth (CAD) focuses on high impact initiatives that assist individuals and families to reduce their isolation, acquire assets and develop healthy relationships that support their transition out of poverty. CAD’s employment programs assist individuals and families in obtaining financial self sufficiency by offering advocacy and assistance in overcoming barriers to employment. Nikhil Acharya, an MBA graduate student at the Duluth campus, compared the value of the decreased use of public assistance and the increase in earned income of participants to the actual cost of providing the services. The results are being used to improve the program for future participants and show cost effectiveness to funders.

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Community Action Duluth
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C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988