The long-term impact the Network seeks to achieve is for all families and individuals in this country to have the skills, knowledge and opportunities to fundamentally improve their economic position. Our theory of change posits that two conditions must be true to achieve that impact:
- A significantly increased number of financial capability and asset-building programs are effectively delivering their services.
- Federal, state, local and tribal policies support financial capability and asset building and protect consumers in the financial marketplace.
To create these two conditions, the Network aims to increase the capacity to run and the resources to fund effective financial capability and asset-building programs, as well as build a constituency for policy change at all levels of government.
Driving toward these outcomes, the Network employs three broad approaches: building field capacity for service delivery and advocacy, connecting stakeholders to one another nationally and inspiring action that will improve programs and policies.
Two-thirds of the Network’s 86 Lead Organizations convene state, local or native coalitions. Nearly all (95%) Lead Organizations that responded to the annual survey reported that in 2014 reported that information-sharing with community stakeholders was an important part of their work. In fact, in 2014, Leaders directly engaged a total of 5,000 local stakeholders; nearly 16,000 people attended Leader-hosted meetings, trainings and events; more than 72,000 stakeholders regularly received Leader information; and 154,000 followed Network Leaders on social media.
To learn more about the Network theory of change, its impact and what we are doing to achieve an opportunity economy for all, read the 2015 Assets & Opportunity Network Report to the Network Leadership.