Family Independence Initiative: Studies and Papers

January 7, 2014

Through a Different Lens: The War on Poverty and a New Vision for the Future

To mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty, the Family Independence Initiative released a report offering an unconventional, evidence based-approach to re-starting economic and social mobility in America: See low-income families through the lens of their resourcefulness, rather than their need. The report, Through a Different Lens: […]

January 3, 2014

The Family Independence Initiative: A New Approach to Help Families Exit Poverty

The New America Foundation extracts key findings from FII’s work and puts forth the potential policy implications, calling on policy makers and advocates to examine FII’s philosophical underpinnings and its approaches, and consider how similar models could be implemented into state or national programs.

January 3, 2014

The Uphill Battle to Scale an Innovative Antipoverty Approach: The Experience of the Family Independence Initiative

In this paper, published by the New America Foundation, FII Founder and CEO Mauricio Lim Miller outlines FII’s model for breaking the cycle of poverty, which shows promising results in three separate demonstration projects. As Lim Miller looks to grow his idea, he has found that this approach—which puts the target families and individuals in […]

January 3, 2014

Families Working Together and Taking Control: FII–Boston, the First Six Months

In June of 2010 152 individuals, including 81 children, from 35 families enrolled in FII’s Boston demonstration project. This report shares and examines the extraordinary results of the first six months. In that time the families worked together and made tremendous progress toward the goals they set for themselves.

January 3, 2014

Unleashing Intrinsic Motivation Through Social Signaling, Feedback Loops, and Access to Resources

FII’s approach to alleviating poverty begins with the assumption that we have underestimated the capacity of families in low-income neighborhoods to improve their financial and general well-being. FII is structured around the idea that what families most need to lift themselves out of poverty is a sense of control over their daily lives, an awareness […]

January 3, 2014

Study Shows FII Approach Spurs Economic and Social Mobility in Boston

FII is designed to learn how low-income and working poor families build economic and social mobility to move out of poverty toward middle-class stability. Families within the FII network set their own priorities and drive their own efforts to improve their lives, within an environment of strong social connections and access to initiative-based resources. FII […]