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Research and Tools

Crittenton Women’s Union conducts rigorous research into the economic, political, and social barriers that disadvantaged women face in their efforts to gain economic security. We also assess our programs by measuring performance and outcomes. We apply this research in many ways—creating practical Web-based tools, identifying best practices, developing innovative pilot programs, and making recommendations for public policy change. Our goal is to build realistic and attainable paths out of poverty for our clients.

Data and Outcomes

CWU’s Research and Innovation Department continually evaluates our work. By closely monitoring our programs and incorporating client feedback, we endeavor to develop replicable models, establish best practices, and share lessons learned in order to broaden the impact of our success.


Reports and Publications

CWU regularly issues research reports and policy briefs based on its findings, often in collaboration with partner organizations and academic institutions. CWU researchers share their data and outcomes widely by contributing to a variety of publications.


Bridge to Self-Sufficiency

CWU views a person’s advancement from poverty to economic self-sufficiency as a journey across a bridge supported by five critical pillars—family stability, well-being, education and training, financial management, and employment and career management.


Economic Independence Calculator

What are the real costs of living in Massachusetts in 2013? This invaluable interactive tool will allow you to easily determine how much it costs for a specific family-type to live in any community in Massachusetts.


Hot Jobs

The “Hot Jobs 2013” report is CWU's triennial survey of the Massachusetts labor market to identify career paths that lead to economic self-sufficiency.


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