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Friday, September 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Center for Financial Security

The Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is an applied, multidisciplinary research center that seeks to inform practitioners, policymakers, and the general public on strategies for building financial capability and security.

CFS research examines the role of specific products, policies, and advice in helping individuals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace. The center’s research is notable for its focus on vulnerable populations—including low-income families, youth and people with disabilities.

Serving as an intellectual hub for research and outreach across disciplines, CFS currently has 32 affiliate researchers in a diverse array of departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 36 research fellows from campuses nationwide.

CFS faculty and staff have extensive experience in program development, implementation evaluation, outcome evaluation, and research dissemination with organizations ranging from community-based nonprofits to large-scale public sector agencies.

  • Monthly Family Financial Security Webinar Series:CFS produces a free monthly webinar engaging colleagues, researchers, and professionals working in the field of financial capability from across the campus and the nation. The series focuses on facilitating the translation and communication of recent research findings on family financial security, asset building, and financial decision-making to a non-academic audience.

    Webinars create an online record and database of research findings and best practices that are accessed by thousands of people annually. For more information, see the recordings.
  • Financial Coaching Resources, Publications, Tools and Trainings:Financial coaching is an application of techniques emerging from research in positive psychology and behavioral economics. Coaches help build the capability of clients to manage their finances in accordance with their self-defined goals. Through the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Center for Financial Security has engaged in research and outreach around financial coaching since 2008. The center's financial coaching websiteserves as a resource for individuals interested in learning more about coaching. CFS financial coaching projects include:

    - Developing Financial Capability Scale (FCS), which is a small set of standardized outcome measures for widespread use in the field of financial coaching.
    - Providing financial coaching training workshops and ongoing information on available nationwide trainings.
    - Using secondary datasets to evaluate the effectiveness of coaching.
    - Collecting data on the effects of financial coaching trainings.
    - Assessing emerging coaching models.
    - Exploring ways new technologies can be used to enhance coaching.
    - Reaching individuals through the Financial Coaching Strategies website and the center's financial coaching newsletter.

CFS is committed to continually growing our network and expanding our work with community partnerships. This ensures that CFS stays aware of the financial issues and pitfalls that families face in a rapidly changing financial landscape. Help us keep our finger on the pulse by letting us know what needs are out there. Additionally, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to bring our research to the public as well as ideas and contributions for our financial coaching newsletter and webinar series. So, please contact us with your suggestions!


Hallie B. Lienhardt
Outreach Specialist, Center for Financial Security

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