Getting Extension on the Map: Common Indicators, Common Reporting

The recently released briefing paper, Cooperative Extension’s Capacity to Demonstrate Impact in Financial Capability and Well-Being: A Briefing Paper,” is a result of almost two years of collaborative effort by Extension FRM professionals to share and document programmatic similarities across the states in an attempt to develop three programmatic tools: 1) a common logic model, 2) a list of program outputs and outcome indicators, and 3) a crosswalk of NIFA indicators to programmatic indicators provided by participants.

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Financial Security: Managing Money in Tough Times

Man looking at camera, appears to be troubled

More Americans feel added stress and anxiety about their financial future as talk of rising consumer debt, falling housing prices, rising costs of living, and declining retail sales bring up worries about the nation’s economic health.

Money is often on the minds of most Americans. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2007 Stress in America survey, money and work are two of the top sources of stress for almost 75 percent of Americans. Add to the mix headlines …

Feeling at Peace with Our Decisions

“I think a lot of people are scared of actually seeing it written down on paper, but for me it’s more comforting because I don’t have to worry about people guessing what I would have liked.” – Mari, community development specialist

Whether the process of communicating with one another was simple or complex, consistently harmonious or initially upsetting, most families report a feeling of empowerment and a sense of peace once their end-of-life decisions are made and shared.

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Financial Security: Money Emotions

Money is a subject that few people discuss, but more and more professionals are talking about it – the key link between our emotions and our money. We may think that money is all about our rational selves, but in fact emotions are often very much invested in our pocket books.


To be financially secure, whether that entails repairing our credit history or organizing financial affairs or getting an estate in order, we have to deal with the emotional as …