Measuring the Impact of the Whole Family Approach

The purpose of the evaluation was to examine the impact of the Whole Family Approach on the well-being of families over a seven-year period. The Whole Family Approach is based on organizational collaboration to assist families in defining and achieving attainable goals. Each Whole Family Approach program featured two adult caregivers.
Below are the initial results.

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The First Adult Caregiver reported a significant improvement in children’s educational outcomes and experiences.
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The Second Adult Caregiver reported significantly reduced financial challenges and stress.
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Both Caregivers saw a significant increase in the help given and received in their relationship.


The following findings are provided by the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs. The Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden has been coordinating the evaluation of the Whole Family Approach among eight collaboratives serving families in Southern New Jersey. These are the initial findings over the seven-year evaluative period. To learn more about the research, read more here.

Success Stories

The following stories show the real impact of the Whole Family Approach on families and service providers across a range of issues and settings.

Three Ways the Whole Family Approach Builds Resilience to Weather Crises By Paula Sarro, Associate Executive Director, and Debbie Panek, Director of Family and Youth Programs, Mercy Center When Mercy Center and three other service providers formed the Familia Adelante collaborative in 2017,… Continue Reading
Family Success Story: One Family’s Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic “The bond my family and I have is even stronger now as we face this crisis together,” said Ariel Toribio, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected millions of lives… Continue Reading
Working Together for Working Families Conference Today we’re here in Vineland, NJ for our 2020 Conference: Working Together for Working Families: The Whole Family Approach! We’re excited to join our grantees, speakers and family well-being experts… Continue Reading
Transportation Initiatives Contribute to the Success of the Whole Family Approach Transportation initiatives are a lifeline for families and an important factor in contributing to the success of the Whole Family Approach. Watch the video to learn how Cross County Connection,… Continue Reading

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