Results and Best Practices

Getting Ahead has helped people in poverty across the U.S. and beyond build resources to transition from poverty.

aha! Process clients measure their Getting Ahead results through qualitative or quantitative research methodologies—inventories, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, observational studies, exit studies—according to program needs.

Here are some sample results and best practices. Please note that many client initiatives are in the early stages and results may not yet be available.

  • Jackie Shaffstall (Harford Community Action Agency) reports: GA has been a great success here in Harford County, MD so far. Our first group ran October/November last fall, and we have had two follow up sessions since then. Surveys from three time periods are compared: during the 8-week session, 8-week follow-up, and 20-week follow-up. 


Check out this infographic from infographic from Moffat County United Way.

Read the final report from the Boulder County Community Action Program on employment, income management, and client characteristics:


  • YWCA USA named the Bridges Out of Poverty/Getting Ahead program developed by the YWCA of St. Joseph County, South Bend, IN, as an “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women” national model Hallmark Program. The national office provides a grant to support development in local chapters up to $1,000.


Head Start parents in Salina benefit from Getting Ahead. Read about their successes.


Mercy Connections in Burlington shares its Getting Ahead program description, results, and a strategy at this link.


Post-Getting Ahead survey from the Menominee Nation. View the results provided by Donna Hora-Schwobe, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, Keshena.


Getting Ahead used as part of training system for industry and college certificates. This easy-to-understand model shows where Getting Ahead fits in the educational process at Laramie County Community College.

To learn more about starting a Getting Ahead initiative, click on Launching Getting Ahead. To view more resources for investigators, graduates, allies, facilitators, trainers, sponsors, funders, grant writers, planners – anyone working with Getting ahead initiatives – click on the following:

If you’d like a proven program to help individuals overcome poverty, call us to tailor a program for your institution’s needs, (800) 424-9484 or send us an e-mail request.