APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
NCRW will extend the breadth of its pilot study of low income women's access to child care in Tennessee and Georgia to include job training and educational opportunities and expand the study to selected states that exhibit disparities along race, class, and gender lines: California, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan and New York. In each location, NCRW will draw on the expertise of its member centers as critical partners. In addition to examining published data at the local, state, and national levels, NCRW and its participating member centers will interview service providers and their clientele through the use of surveys and focus groups. Each state study will focus on one or two low-income or immigrant communities, including African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or other marginalized group. In consultation with an advisory group, NCRW will compile an overview of the findings and implications of the state studies. NCRW will publish a report that brings regional and national perspectives to each of the three issue areas (child care, job training, and education), and work with local and national partners to disseminate the report's findings and hold briefings. Several NCRW member centers, including the National Council for Negro Women and the National Women's Law Center, are already working in close partnership with legislative offices and will help share findings with policy makers to increase their understanding of, and commitment to, improved support for women and their families.
The goal of NCRW is to demonstrate the benefits of effectively investing in human infrastructure, using innovative replicable models, and building coalitions for transformative change. The outcomes of this project will contribute to setting national poverty reduction priorities through the identification of the multiple barriers to economic security facing low-income women and their families. As an institution located at the intersection of research, policy, and advocacy, NCRW's data, resources, and collaborative networks will help translate research findings into real change on the ground.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
January 2012: Launch data collection on child care, job training, and education in 3 states (interviews, focus groups, surveys); Spring 2012: write-up of case studies, Advisory Group Convening; Summer 2012: Data collection in 2 states (interviews, focus groups, surveys); Fall 2012: write up of case studies, Advisory Group Convening. Winter 2013: write-up of report synthesizing findings, and policy recommendations. Spring 2013-December 2013: Production of report, webinars, briefings in DC and in the states, convening of experts and practitioners to share knowledge and best practices.
Research has shown that building women's economic security has an exponential impact on family and community well-being. Yet, there are more than 16.4 million women living in poverty according to U.S. Census data reported in 2010. Additionally, the World Economic Forum has ranked the U.S. 19th in its 2010 Global Gender Gap report, which measures gender-based disparities in economics, politics, health, and education. Women must have access to sustainable jobs with benefits and opportunities for career advancement in order to provide for themselves and their families. Further, they require education and training to boost their job security or move them into new fields, including non-traditional jobs. NCRW's study on the Three Pillars to Women's Economic Security will seek to promote transformative change for the most vulnerable U.S. citizens: low-income women and their families. NCRW will leverage its broad network of high-level researchers, advocates, and policy experts to find new ways to strengthen economic recovery efforts including monitoring state-by-state experiences, improving and reauthorizing TANF, and recommending more effective and efficient investments in women and children. NCRW will disseminate research findings, link to resources, and share lessons learned via webinars, the organization's interactive web portal, public and expert get-togethers and roundtables as well as policy, and media briefings and reports.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
NCRW offers numerous partnership opportunities from participating in webinars, blog forums, and special events to roundtables and briefings with policymakers. It also offers frequent multiplatform collaborative opportunities through public education, media outreach, and dissemination of research, policy recommendations, and best practices.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities, Other
We are offering our expertise in research, conducting case studies through interviews, focus groups and surveys as well as our expertise in convening experts from multiple constituencies, and influencing policy debates.