The summary brief and two reports below present evaluations of the impacts and net monetary benefits associated with innovative implementations of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program that emphasize financial capability.
The Impacts of a Financial Capability-Based Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Abt Global Research Brief (Feb 2022)
This brief summarizes the impact and cost-benefit analysis findings for the 2021 Abt studies of Compass FSS programs in Lynn, Cambridge, and Boston, Mass., analyzes the policy implications of the program impacts, and outlines ideas for future research.
Quasi-Experimental Impacts of Family Self-Sufficiency Programs Administered by Compass Working Capital in Partnership with Housing Agencies in Cambridge, Boston, and Lynn, MA (2021)
This report found that participants in the Compass FSS programs in Lynn, Cambridge, and Boston, Massachusetts earned more on average and received less in cash public assistance payments than their matched peers.
Costs and Benefits of Family Self- Sufficiency Programs Administered by Compass Working Capital in Partnership with Housing Agencies in Cambridge and Boston, MA (2021)
This report found a strong net benefit per participant associated with enrollment in Compass FSS programs in Cambridge and Boston, MA compared to the matched comparison group, taking into account net costs and benefits realized by the government and program providers as well as the Compass FSS participants.
See this page for additional evaluations and other reports that Abt has prepared on the Compass FSS program.