ON-Lion Letter

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) in Washington, D.C., has launched its Family Prosperity Initiative, which features the Family Prosperity Index.  The Index demonstrates quantitatively the undeniable link between economic and social policy in determining family prosperity.  It also provides a road map for finding real solutions to cultural and financial problems that keep families, and the nation, from flourishing.

ACUF economists Wendy Warcholik and J. Scott Moody established the Initiative to explore ways to measure the relationship between economic and social policies.  The husband-and-wife team also created the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index, an authoritative measure of the impact of tax policy on business, now in its 14th year.

The first since the 1990s to build on William J. Bennett's landmark research on leading cultural indicators, Warcholik and Moody have created a formula, using primarily government data, to score the economic and social well-being of families from year to year and state by state.  The resulting Family Prosperity Index provides credible data that state policymakers, civic and religious leaders, think tanks, and activists need in order to develop and advocate effectively for policies that improve the prosperity of families and the communities where they live.

The inaugural 2016 edition of the Index ranks Utah first nationally.  New Mexico was last.

The Index assesses the economic and social status of six discrete categories -- economics, demographics, family structure, family self-sufficiency, family culture, and family health.  The category assessments are supported by 57 datasets from publicly accessible data and backed up by current documentable research.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports ACUF's Family Prosperity Initiative, including its Family Prosperity Index.

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