In New York, the Standard has been used in modeling services for young adults in career education to demonstrate how their future career choices and educational paths might impact their ability to support a future family or to address changing family dynamics.
ACHIEVEability, based in West Philadelphia, strives to break the cycle of poverty by helping families move towards financial freedom. They have used the Standard to measure progress towards financial self-sufficiency by connecting clients with living wage jobs, post-secondary education, and permanent housing.
In Washington State, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County adopted the Self-Sufficiency Standard as its official measure of self-sufficiency and continues to use the Standard as a program evaluation benchmark.
The New York Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement used the Standard to train counselors to better communicate ideas about Self-Sufficiency and economic issues with their clients and assess benefit eligibility.
In the D.C. Metropolitan Area, Wider Opportunities for Women developed and piloted a Teen Curriculum based on the Standard that educates adolescents about career choices, life decisions, and self-sufficiency.
In Oregon, the Prosperity Planner, a Self-Sufficiency Standard online counseling tool, is used by WorkSource Center staff to determine training scholarship awards and to support service needs of job seekers.