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APPENDIX C  Initiative context presentation: Characteristics of Successful Change

Characteristics of Successful Change (modified from Kotter and Corlett)




















Current state presentation: Highlights from the research

Compelling Case for Change

Federal, state, local and foundation resources can be better designed and integrated to meet the specific needs of individuals the specific needs of individuals

bulletGovernment support systems are often disconnected from other, cumbersome to navigate, and do not reflect individual needs
bulletWork support from government resources typically takes an individual to an entry level job and not beyond
bulletEntities that are in the best position to deliver services in new, individual focused ways, can be identified
bulletMany states, foundations, and local governments have made strides in program integration


The Case for Change

bulletSpecific needs of individuals vary
bulletSources of income vary with age
bulletIndividuals with criminal records have a less than 50% chance of being hired in a good paying job
bulletAccess to benefits in low income jobs is limited

bulletMechanisms can be developed to create better resource integration and system interdependence
bulletPolicy drivers can influence new ways of thinking about resource allocation
bulletThere are few support mechanisms beyond securing entry level jobs
bulletInformation about existing resources can flow more effectively to those qualifying for assistance  

bulletNew Approaches Needed to Help Individuals Maximize Their Potential
bulletThe dynamics of our economy and families have changed dramatically and traditional assumptions and approaches are no longer relevant
bulletStable long term employment is no longer the norm; flexibility, the ability to learn and portfolio development are the currency of job success and family economic security
bulletAsset building is critical but few resources are devoted to it
bulletTax policies can be restructured to help low income individuals maximize their potential
bulletPolicy should focus on collaboration among programs and the needs of individuals should focus on collaboration among programs and the needs of individuals.

Support to Low Income Individuals

bulletLow income individuals need protection and support
bulletLow wage earners and those in poverty do not have full access to the limited resources available to them and can become victims of unscrupulous speculators
bulletAsset accumulation is crucial to long term family stability
bulletSavings (and access to basic banking services)
bulletHome Ownership
bulletEducation and skill development
bulletLow income individuals need help creating networks and gaining access to skills and pathways to careers beyond low wage, low skilled jobs.
bulletBreaking out of the poverty cycle means increasing educational attainment and finding a job that pays self sufficient earnings
bulletSkill demands of today’s good paying jobs make it increasingly difficult for low wage earners to break the cycle of poverty
bulletSkill attainment and access to jobs is the path out of poverty.

Chapter 1    Chapter 2    Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5

Appendix A (21st Century Model to Address Poverty)
Appendix B (Poverty Programs Summary and Matrix)
Appendix C  (Issue Papers)
Appendix C1 (
Initiative context presentation: Characteristics of Successful Change)
Appendix D  (Income and Work Support Policies and Strategies)
Appendix D1 (Working Session Descriptions)
Appendix D2 (Working Session Descriptions, continued)
Appendix E  (Working Session Descriptions, continued)
Appendix E1  (Working Session Descriptions, continued)
Appendix E2 (Current state presentation: Highlights from the research)
Appendix F (Participant List)
Appendix G (Project Staff List)


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