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Financial Wellness Research


Fact Sheets (released January 13, '22) & Case Studies (forthcoming in February)

In September 2020, MissionSquare Research Institute (formerly the Center for State and Local Government Excellence), the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), and the National Association of State Treasurers Foundation (NASTF), with funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation, were awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants to establish or improve public employee financial wellness programs. 

Over the past year, the 24 grantees, representing a broad array of state and local employers from 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have been working to develop, implement, and evaluate these initiatives. The following fact sheets provide a summary of each jurisdiction’s financial wellness program, and include information on:

  • Jurisdiction background,
  • Program basics,
  • Key program components,
  • Program evaluation,
  • Key takeaways, lessons learned, and future plans, and
  • Point of contact. 

In addition to highlighting the range of programs that the jurisdictions implemented (with varying budgets, workforce sizes, high-tech vs. high-touch approaches, tailoring to specific segments of the workforce), the fact sheets provide ideas, advice, and networking opportunities for other state and local governments that have implemented or are considering developing an employee financial wellness program. In-depth case studies on five jurisdictions will be released in February 2022.  Read more in the January 13, 2022 press release. 

Financial Wellness Map

Click any marker on the map below to view a snapshot of that organization’s program, along with its Financial Wellness Factsheet.  You can download the entire report with all of the fact sheets in a single PDF.