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About the Indiana Institute for Working Families

The Indiana Institute for Working Families – a program of the Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA) – conducts research and promotes public policies to help Hoosier families achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. The Institute is the only statewide program in Indiana that combines research and policy analysis on federal and state legislation, public policies, and programs impacting low-income working families. The Institute achieves its work through advocacy and education, and through national, statewide, and community partnerships.

Since its founding in 2004, the Institute has become a reliable source for information on low-income workers in Indiana and analysis of the policies affecting their economic well-being. The Institute furthers the debate that sometimes work alone is not enough to support a family and that the educational and training needs of Indiana’s workforce must be addressed in order for Indiana to compete in a global economy. The Institute plans to build upon our success to impact public policy issues through continued research, education, and outreach.

Who Benefits From the Work of the Institute?

Our activities primarily benefit low-wage workers and families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. This income level is generally considered to be required for economic self-sufficiency - that is, the ability to support a family without public or private assistance.We see our audience as policymakers, legislators, private sector stakeholders, public/private partners, service providers, community and state college stakeholders, workforce stakeholders, advocates, and the public.

Institute Advisory Committee

The Indiana Institute for Working Families’ Advisory Committee is designed to support the Institute's work activities by providing information, resources, creditability, and feedback to the Institute. The Advisory Committee is not a governing body.

Institute Staff

The Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF) staff are available to speak on a wide variety of public policy issues affecting Indiana’s working families.

Jessica Fraser



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Policy Areas:

-All areas, but with special focus on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

-Tax & budget policies

Andrew Bradley

Senior Policy Analyst


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Policy Areas:

-Workforce development

-Higher education

-Economic development

-Fair scheduling

Erin Macey

Policy Analyst


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Policy Areas:

-Job quality, including paid leave

-Childcare and early childhood education

-Asset development and payday lending



Please contact any of the following staff members to request more information on the Institute's work, policy analysis, or to speak at your school, church, or community meeting.