The Twin Cities Research Group Brown Bag Speaker Series for Wed., August 10 will feature  a discussion on the report Unbanked to Assets: The Financial Needs of Low-Income Minnesotans.  This comprehensive report was developed forAccountAbility Minnesota (AAM) through the assistance of the Improve Group. AAM has been serving Minnesotans for 39 years by helping them to move out of poverty through providing pathways to increase income, building assets and becoming financially secure, and by advocating for change that breaks down barriers to financial success Wednesday's presentation will be give by Anne Johnson, Financial Services Manager with AccountAbility Minnesota; Leah Goldstein Moses, President of the Improve Group; and Eric Wong, Senior Analyst with the Improve Group. About the topic: "Employing a mixed-method study using surveys, focus groups, program records, and financial records, the financial practices and needs of low-income Minnesotans were examined to determine 1) Their financial planning, practices, experiences, and service needs; 2) The strengths and gaps of existing financial products and services of mainstream institutions compared to those provided through Alternative Financial Services; and 3) The strategies, tactics and/or services most likely to improve their financial well-being and long-term asset accumulation. Our speakers will describe their research design, the successes and challenges in the chosen design, key findings, program implications, and their forthcoming analysis." The discussion is free and will take place from Noon to 1:00 pm at the Wilder Foundation, Room 2610, 451 Lexington Parkway (at University Ave), Saint Paul, MN 55104. Two-page Report Summary:  Summary of evaluation and findings

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