Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Translating Numbers Reached to Value Provided

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Translating Numbers Reached to Value Provided

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The Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance determined in 2012 that a priority would be given to Educating external authences about the value and contributions of family and consumer sciences to society. What better form of civic engagement could there be?

We narrowed down the vast content- related issues addressed to those we thought would be of most interest to external authences. They are:

* Military Families

* Obesity and Nutrition

* Economy's Impact on Families

* Personal and Family Finance Education

* Emotionally Healthy Families

A survey was developed to provide a quick overview of the materials being produced and programs delivered in these key areas. Responses from 785 FCS professionals showed that in 2011 we had reached nearly 8 million individuals with information and programs on these key areas. That is 8 million Americans who have benefitted from our research-based knowledge and information. Presumably, 8 million who experienced personal benefit such as delayed diagnosis of diabetes and reduced credit card debt.

While significant to the quality of lives for those individuals, as described in "Determining and Sharing the Public Value of FCS: Telling the Story" in this issue (see page 53), our next step needs to be how we have contributed to the public value for families. …

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